Friday, August 20, 2010
6435 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, GA www.persepoliscuisine.com
On Monday night Kyle, our friend Amr and I had dinner at Persepolis, a Persian restaurant in Roswell Rd.
As soon as we sat down the staff brought us a huge flat bread along with a bowl of some absolutely delicious feta cheese, fresh mint and basil, chunks of radishes and onion.
We started our meal with the Persian Pickles, which are normally $3.99, but the restaurant was offering a buy-two-entrees-get-one-appetizer/dessert-free deal. The pickles were about the width and length of a man's finger, and were vinegary and delicious.
Kyle ordered the Joojeh Kabob ($13.99). This is skewers of cornish hen in saffron rice with rice (everything comes with basmati rice). He liked it, but I tasted it and thought and it was too gamey.
Amr ordered the Barreh (lamb) kabob ($15.99), which he thoroughly enjoyed.
I ordered the koresht fesenjan, which is steamed chicken in a sauce made of ground walnut and pomegranate sauce ($10.99). The sauce was thick and dark maroon in color, with a pleasant sweet/sour flavor. The only thing that disappointed me about this dish was the small portion of chicken - maybe four pieces about half the size of a chicken tender.
Service was attentive throughout. A team of servers kept our drinks filled and got our entrees on the table quickly.
The menu boasts some interesting dishes that I haven't encountered in some other Persian restaurant in Atlanta. For example, there are several dishes with sour pitted cherries, and fish kabobs. The daily specials all appear promising. When I return I plan to try the koresht gheimeh, cubed beef with Persian splitpeas, sun-dried lime simmered in Persian tomato sauce with spices ($10.99). Doesn't that sound warm and mouth-watering to you?
Persepolis offers a Royal Persian buffet lunch from noon to 3pm on weekdays, as well as brunch on the weekend.
Verdict: It doesn't have the ambiance of Darvish in Alpharetta, but Persepolis serves up equally great Persian cuisine.