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For exceptional service and exotic food, visit the family-owned Shiraz Persian Cuisine.
We went to Shiraz Persian Cuisine for lunch and were served promptly even though there is no lunch-specific menu. Both times that I’ve dined there, the owners dropped by to greet and chat with the table (and btw, I am an anonymous reviewer so I don’t receive preferential treatment).
My friend and I started with kashk-e-bademjan, a roasted eggplant dip with kashk (whey) with roasted garlic, fried onions, and mint, served warm with pita ($6.99). It’s very similar in style to baba ghanoush but the fermented whey adds a sour, nutty note.
We shared a chef’s special platter for two. It included basmati rice, grilled tomato and onion, and three kinds of simply succulent kabobs (veal, chicken breast and ground beef) already taken off the skewer ($34.99). The saffron chicken was juicy and pitch perfect and my favourite out of the meats, even though it was all great, if a bit too meat-heavy overall.
The grilled onions were quite raw so I wouldn’t recommend eating them at lunchtime unless you,
a) bring a toothbrush to work,
b) enjoy onion-breath, or,
c) will be spending the rest of your day with your lunch companions who have also mowed down on onions.
Shiraz also offers Persian stews, vegetarian dishes, individual platters and children’s plates. For drinks, there is the authentic carbonated sour yogurt (try a sample first before you attempt to order a pitcher of the stuff; it’s not for everyone). Or stick to Persian tea which comes with free refills.
For dessert, we shared a cup of deceptively refreshing Persian ice with vermicelli noodles and rosewater (faloudeh $5.99).
The dessert is not on the menu, but that’s part of Shiraz’s charm–you feel like a confidant when they tell you about the off-menu items. My friend Chris calls the faloudeh, “clutch”–his term for a food item that he cannot stop thinking about and would return to a restaurant time and time again specifically to have.
I wish Shiraz Persian Cuisine featured lunch specials, but the food was so tasty and the service so unexpected, that I will forgive them for that while hoping that they come to this realization, soon.
The staff leaves diners feeling special, accommodated and most importantly, satiated.
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