Caspian Grill: Persian Food 101
|Unlimited helpings of Salad Olivieh and homemade hummus.|
OK, quick quiz.
Sholeh zard is:
a) a woman who told 1,001 tales in order to save her life.
b) a ground beef or lamb dish made with tomatoes and onions.
c) the villain in Disney's Aladdin.
d) a dessert made with rosewater and saffron.
One more question -- interested in studying up on Persian cuisine by stuffing your face?
|Plate after Round 1 at the Caspian Grill lunch buffet.|
There's bademjan (eggplant stew with beef cubes in a tomato-saffron sauce), koobideh (ground beef kebab), kufteh (resembling meatballs, made with beef, rice, parsley, cilantro, and dill), ghaimeb (yellow split peas and beef in a tomato-saffron sauce), and gormeh sabzi (red kidney beans and beef with parsley, cilantro, chive, fenugreek, and... wait for it... whole dried limes!)
You can eat these stews and spreads with squares of lavosh bread, or rice, or you can try tahdig, the crunchy bottom part of the rice. If that doesn't sound so appetizing to you, keep in mind that the server at the Caspian Grill told me, "The Persians fight over it!"
|Saffron and rosewater rice pudding.|
If you have any mobility left after filling up at the Caspian Grill, take a stroll to Al-Salam, a store in the same plaza as Caspian Grill. Here you'll find fresh-from-the-oven, super-puffy homemade pita bread. Let us know what you think!
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