Taking its name from a Province of the Persian Empire with its main city being Persepolis, Pars Grill House was the choice of restaurant from Jodi for her birthday. She wanted to have Persian cuisine, and, thankfully, we realized that Persepolis, on the Upper East Side, was only offering a slimmed down menu for lunch. After a quick web search, we found Pars Grill House and, looking at their menu, we decided to change our reservation and try it.
It is a large place, bright, with a nice decor and I should mention that they really made us feel welcome, being very hospitable.
Food wise, we had some great dishes. At first, they brought us some bread that they bake in their oven (I believe it is called barbari bread). It came hot as I guess they just made it and was sublime with butter, a bit crispy.
Then, we got some maast o khiar that is made with yoghurt, cucumber and dry mint, a dish very similar to the Greek tzatziki, that was perfect with the bread, but also with our main course.
For her entrée, Jodi went with her favorite Persian dish: kubideh that is a skewer of ground beef and lamb, mixed with onions and spices, and served with saffron basmati rice and grilled vegetables.
On my side, I ordered a mixed grill that had kubideh, as well as lamb chops. It was for sure a lot of food, and it looked very appetizing, especially the lamb chops that looked fantastic and were succulent: tender, juicy, perfectly cooked, they were delightfully fatty. The kubideh was also fantastic: juicy and very tasty.
With my dish, I opted for a different rice made with almonds, pistachios, orange zest and carrots: the shirin polo rice. I definitely recommend it, especially if you like the taste of orange zest.
For dessert, we decided to try their homemade baklava that was fantastic and had lots of honey in it.
Last was a Persian tea that was fairly good.
We left full and glad we found this place. If you've never had Persian cuisine before, I highly recommend Pars Grill House: it is a great restaurant.
Enjoy (I did)!
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