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Persian Grille, Lafayette Hill, PA

Albert May 10, 2006 07:27 PM

The Persian Grille
637 Germantown Pike
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
(610) 825-2705

Anyone eaten there? I am looking for good Persian/Iranian food in the Philadelphia area. That was the only Persian restaurant I could find.

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    DanielleM RE: Albert May 10, 2006 10:09 PM

    I have been here -- I enjoyed it. The rice that comes with every dish is EXCELLENT. I can't remember what I got there, it was probably 18 months ago.

    Give it a try -- I enjoyed it, and went there on a recommendation.

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      Bride of the Juggler RE: Albert May 11, 2006 08:08 AM

      We went some years ago and really enjoyed it. I remember a great selection of appetizers. They provided platters for a Persian wedding we went to a few years ago as well. Thank you.

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        myra RE: Albert May 11, 2006 09:00 AM

        There's another Persian restaurant in Chestnut Hill, in the restaurant space formerly occupied by Rollers. Shundeez, I think it's called.

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          DanielleM RE: myra May 11, 2006 10:24 AM

          on the same note, I believe I have read or heard that the Mediterranean Grill in Bryn Mawr is also Persian.

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          DH RE: Albert May 11, 2006 09:52 AM

          I go all the time for lunch and dinner, as it's near work. It rocks. Rice is excellent (especially the crusty part), and my favorite kebabs are the ground chicken ones (very lemony). They also have a spinach/egg/onion dish that I like.

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            vw8v RE: Albert May 12, 2006 09:43 PM

            Great place - like others have mentioned, great rice.

            There is also a 'persian' restaurant on Rt30 in Devon (across the street from the Whole Foods, called Shiraz.) Very different (much fancier - actually, beautiful interior) but also with very good kebabs, rice, babaganoush, etc.

            BTW, perhaps this is a good thread for this - for those that have been to the Persian Grille in Lafayette Hill - what is the spice in the shakers on the tables there? It is excellent, especially on the rice.

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              KitchenMom RE: vw8v May 13, 2006 01:52 PM

              It is called sumac. I know they sell it at Bitar's in S. Philly, and it can also be obtained mail order.

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                vw8v RE: KitchenMom May 13, 2006 09:18 PM

                I always mean to ask, but always forget...

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                Albert RE: vw8v May 15, 2006 12:14 AM

                Do you mean the reddish-brown powder they put on meat? That's called somagh/sumac.

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                  brynn RE: vw8v May 21, 2006 01:01 AM

                  is shiraz EVER open? would love to try it, closed every time i go...

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                    Albert RE: brynn May 22, 2006 08:05 PM

                    Shiraz closed permanently. Try the Persian Grill or Shundeez.

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                  Albert RE: Albert May 18, 2006 03:41 PM

                  I ate at the Persian Grill last weekend. The food was delicious. The owner was present and he was very courteous and attentive.



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                    rhetrx RE: Albert Sep 15, 2006 06:16 PM

                    I last ate at the Persian Grille in July -- I asked my co-workers to take me there for my farewell lunch. Most of them hadn't tried Persian food before, and were delighted by the whole experience.

                    However, just last night I was intending to go there for dinner, and it looked as if the interior of the place had been stripped out and remodeled. I couldn't tell if there were new owners, just a new layout or what. Does anyone have more info about the status of Persian Grille?


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                      isadorasmama RE: rhetrx Sep 15, 2006 08:33 PM

                      We were there about a month ago and they were in the process of remodeling so it was a little cramped. Same owners as far as I know and food was as good as ever (man oh man is that rice good!!)

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                      repoman RE: Albert Sep 19, 2006 05:17 PM

                      Go go go- Persian Grill is a gem. They have a pretty good beer selection to boot!

                      Also there's a place called Caspian Grill (I think) in the small shopping center a block up Germantown Pike... I'm pretty sure it's run by the guy who has the Mediterranean/Middle Eastern spot at Flourtown Farmers Market. That may be worth a shot too.

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                        lagreen RE: Albert Dec 11, 2006 02:52 PM

                        I went to the Persian Grill in October and the interior had changed. They took out the center wall that divided the restaurant, so it's a more open space. The food was good. It's been better there, but it's never bad.

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                          missclaudy RE: lagreen Dec 11, 2006 08:06 PM

                          New owners as of about 4 years. The place is okay now but was spectacular in the old days. On a side note, it is now owned and operated by a Nepalese family who had been coming to the place to eat since 1990. They worked there for a while, learned Persian cooking and eventually bought the place. Such a cool melting pot story; Nepalese immigrant falls in love with Persian food, gets job in restaurant, buys restaurant from Persian immigrant and has great success serving Persian food. Hard working Persians get to relax after working themselves into oblivion for many years. I know them, they worked SO hard! That's the USA I love!

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