Tonight I arrived at this restaurant.. set along a fairly lonely stretch of road, and found this quaint little surprise.. from the outside it looks like a little lamp boutique. Inside, At 6 p.m. on a sat night, there was one table occupied. By 7,every table was occupied. There are two rooms, but it seems only the front room is used... dark gold cloth tablecovers with dark green cloth toppings.. warm up the atmosphere, there is persian music, , mirrors.. ..basically the place has a little atmosphere on the funky side. there are piles of persian rugs in the back room, for sale !! RUGS, but no wine ! Several people had bottles of wine with them, obviously regulars.-. as I had not known that they do not serve alcohol. I wonder why, as the restaurant is not new, has been reviewed by zagats and many sites. I wish they did,.. nevertheless, I ordered a homemade yogurt drink ( no, not lassi) and I suppose it was very good with fresh mint. I personally did not love it, but after spiking it with stevia ( I had with me) I liked it better. large for $3.( Wish I had rum with me instead of stevia! )
there are numerous appetizers pretty much in the $ 5 range, ..3 for $10.. salads..up to $10 ..
dinners $14-24 pretty much ( specials of the night were lamp chops ..4 ..sounded like a lot of food $24.. chicken chops dark meat $22..) I ordered a felafel salad with humuus and a kebob
( no bone) of... kind of a persian meatloaf.Koobideh Kabab it was good, but the felafel was weird. I would not order it again,... slices and not tasting like any felafel I've EVER had..but the meal on a whole was all right.. a tomatoe, grilled and yummy and onions..grilled..lettuce, a few olives.. and a bread they call nan
It was different from Indian nan, and arrived while we waited.. also I found weird, as it as dry and not hot by the time the food arrived. also , no dipping sauce or anything.. However with my dinner another one came, warmer.. still dryish and was the carbohydrate with my meal. My companion got the lamb kebab ( no bone) and it was with saffron flavored rice.. the lamb was good, the rice average.
People were cheerfully eating, noise level went up, not a bad thing as I feel it showed enthusiasm.
Guests at the Table next to me (against the back wall.). , were discussing politics and I found his comments disturbing.. not a pleasant way to spend a social evening .. when I'd rather be thinking about new food, new restaurant etc....hard to ignore when tables are that close.
Desert menu .. we ordered the tartufo amoretti..gelato ( Not italian style, ) delicious, he cut it in half for us to share.., I thought it was pricey $7.50.. but prob a bargain considering the zillion calories. Persian decalf tea $2 was served in a very cute cup. Service was courteous, serious.. I wish I had read the review written by Persiian Old Man.. so I could have ordered his recommended dishes. I will go back to this restaurant again for another try but not on a sat night.