My wife and I enjoyed a lovely and intimate dinner at Rumi's Bistro on the night before Valentine's Day. We brought our own wine and they charged a modest $10.00 corkage fee. The space is an intimate little room above a casual dining kabob place that they operate downstairs. I presume it shares a kitchen with the kabob place.
The space is very nicely decorated with a large and striking Indian or Afghan carpet (looked Kashmiri to me, actually), purple walls, and a nice use of wooden dividers and fabric hanging from the ceiling. Great menu with nice appetizers - we had a combination plate which came with babaganoush, pumpkin, chick peas, and spinach served with wonderful, freshly baked flat bread. We shared a delicious tomato and feta salad which was served stacked in a balsamic vinegar-based sauce, and our main courses were the daily special - a delightful and spicy pomegranate lamb, and a chicken kebob served on a bed of two kinds of rice and served with chick peas. Our waitress was very sweet and efficient, and a native of Kabul. She tempted us with a wonderful piece of chocolate cake for desert. I understand the venue does private events and that there is a belly dancer from time to time. This is just a real fun place with excellent and exotic food and great service and hospitality. We will be regulars from now on,
Oh - though we brought our own wine, they had a nice wine list with decent bottle prices, and they had Efes beer in bottles on the menu too - one of my favorites from Turkey.
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