Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sufi's - A Taste Of Persia

1814 Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 888-9699

Category: Romantic Evening
Cuisine Type: Persian
Fabulosity Ranking: 5/5
Price: $$
Best Dish: Sufi's Special appetizer + Any Kabob

Looking to entice your taste buds with something new?? Scared to step too far outside of your comfort zone when it comes to ethnic cuisine?? Well @Exclusive_Eats has found the perfect solution for your culinary curiosity! Sufi's restaurant is an authentic Persian restaurant that opened less than a year ago in Atlanta. Located right on Peachtree St right next to R. Thomas Deluxe Grill, Sufi's offers a calming ambiance with superb food. If you are not familiar with Persian cuisine let me assure you that you will definitely find something on the menu you identify with. The menu is filled with an assortment of tenderized meats and seafood (chicken, beef, salmon, shrimp, etc) that are served along side rice and vegetables. A typical Persian meal starts with fresh bread and served with a complimentary dish called "Sabzi". Sabzi is a plate of fresh herbs, feta cheese, walnuts, olives, radishes, and butter. I really enjoyed the sabzi platter because I  am a huge fan of tasty breads and creamy cheese spreads. My guest and I sampled 5 out of the 9 appetizers on the menu because we wanted to get the full Persian experience. Immediately we were inclined to try the Hummus ($6) because we were familiar with the dish. Sufi's hummus is a combination of garbanzo beans mixed with tahini (a sesame seed paste), garlic, fresh lemon juice and olive oil. This appetizer was extremely tasty and great for sharing with large groups. Next we decided to step out on the wild side and try three different eggplant dishes. I have never been a fan of eggplant and my guest actually was afraid to try, but after our server promised we wouldn't be disappointed we decided to order the Kashk Bademjan ($6), Mirza Ghasemi ($6), and Sufi's Special ($7). After I sampled these dishes I became a full out fan of eggplant. For some reason I envisioned the appetizers looking similar to eggplant parmesan ( a meal that never really tickled my fancy) but to my surprise each of the appetizers were more of a puree of eggplant rather than the whole vegetable sliced and put on a plate. My favorite eggplant dish was the Sufi's Special which was a mixture of spicy  sautéed   eggplant, onion, garlic, chick peas and spicy tomato sauce. It was super tasty! For our last appetizer we tried the Dolmeh ($6) which looks similar to a sushi roll but is actually grape leaves stuffed with rice, ground beef, chives, tarragon, parsley, cilantro and raisins. If you have to pick 1 appetizer I would hands down recommend the Sufi's Special. For our entrees my guest and I both ordered a Kabob dish. Kabobs are a meat dish that are native to Persia. All Kabobs at Sufi's are cooked over an open flame and served with saffron basmati rice.  My guest ordered the Chicken Barg Kabob ($17) along with the speciality Zereshk Polo rice ($5). Barg refers to the method in which the kabob is cooked. The Zereshk Polo rice  is rice mixed along with Barberreis, pistachio and almonds. For my entree I ordered the Soltani Kabob ($22) which is a platter of marinated tenderloin and lean ground beef. My meal came with the traditional saffron basmati rice. I really enjoyed all of the dishes at Sufi's, all of the food was tender and flavorful. I also really appreciated that many of the items on Sufi's menu came with a vegetarian option. It seems like my vegetarian friends have a hard time finding restaurants in the city that cater to their dietary needs. If you are vegetarian and looking for something new, definitely check out Sufi's they have plenty of options for you. 

A special note is that Sufi's is BYOB meaning you can bring in your favorite wine or alcohol to enjoy with your meal. 

The next time I come in I will defiantly have a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with my meal. If you are looking for a great place to take a date and expose them to some of the world's finest cuisine I highly suggest Sufi's!


Kaskh Bademjan

Mirza Ghasemi

Sufi Special



Soltani Kabob

Chicken Barg Kabob with Zereskh Polo Rice

Until Next Time....Eat Your ♥ Out!

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