I was recently in Phoenix for a conference and, as my uber arrived at the hotel, I noticed a Persian restaurant called the Persian Room. I admit that I could not resist going there for lunch, as I love Persian cuisine, New York City having quite few good choices, such as Persepolis or Pars Grill House and Bar. But definitely, The Persian Room has a more elegant decor and I could not believe how big this place was. The service there was on the spot and the food sublime. Here is what I had:
They started off by bringing some bread with butter, herbs and an onion. The bread on its own was very good: it was a homemade pita that was nicely charred and crisp.
With my meal, I decided to try their homemade yogurt drink (Yogurt, soda water, salt and mint) that I really liked.
Considering the size of the dishes (and the amount of pita I managed to eat), I skipped the appetizer and went straight to the main course that was the kubideh, this Iranian kebab made with ground meat. As I could not decide between beef or lamb, the waiter proposed to have both. I loved it! Both kinds of meat were superb, juicy and tasty, my preference going to the lamb (the kebab with a stick) because of the stronger flavor. The plate was huge, with lots of basmati rice and a grilled tomato.
I managed to get dessert though...And it was the zulbia aka jalebi that is made by deep-frying maida flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, and then soaked in sugar syrup, as well as Bamieh, that is a starch-based dough, which is fried before being dipped in syrup. They were just ok and I have had better.
Overall the meal was very good and I am glad I spotted Persian Room. If you are in North Scottsdale, this is for sure a place to know.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Persian Room - 17040 North Scottsdale Road, North Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ 85255