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Adventures in Chowhounding, Chapter 2

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Bob W. Jan 29, 2002 03:47 PM

Today's adventure takes us to Cafe Rose, on Broad St. in Falls Church, in the Stratford Motor Lodge. The ambiance in the restaurant is quite pleasant.

Cafe Rose is an Iranian restaurant. The menu features the usual kebobs, plus some stews, soups, and other stuff.

I started with a soup called Ashe Reshleh, translated as Lentil Soup. $3.50/bowl. The soup actually has lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, and string beans, plus some greens and thin noodles, in a complex, smoky, rich broth.

This stuff is a real find! Delicious. I could have eaten a pot.

Next I had Eggplant Stew (the takeout menu I took doesn't have the Farsi name of this dish, but it's on the regular menu). It was ok. You get a big plate of very good rice, and a plate of very thin reddish stew (in which the solids consist of a few pieces of well cooked eggplant, a few cubes of beef, two slices of mediocre tomato, and what appeared to be a pickled baby eggplant that was quite bitter). I just dumped the stew on the rice. Tastewise it was fine, and it was certainly filling, but I would have preferred a more substantial stew and less rice.

Worth another trip? Definitely. Next time I will try one of the kebab dishes and one of the yogurt appetizers.

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