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Persian Restaurants in the South Bay?

My recent visits to Bijan, surrounded by Iranian ex-pats, and Noruz around the corner is tilting me toward Persian food again. The last time I asked about what's good in the South Bay was April 2002, http://www.chowhound.com/topics/19524 . Many changes in the landscape since then, and I'm wondering about the newcomers. Any feedback on these?

Reyhan Restaurant and Catering
1625 Almaden Road in San Jose
(408) 293-3600
http://www.reyhanrestaurantandcaterin...

Deezi Cafe
1740 South Winchester Blvd.
Campbell, CA 95008
Between Hamilton Ave. and Latimer Ave.
(408) 379-1126
http://deezicafe.com/index.html
Deezi's particularly interesting because it steps outside the standard kababs and rice dishes to offer:
Halim $8.95 Cream of wheat Persian style with shredded beef
Sirabi $8.95 (tripe?
)Kaleh pacheh $10.95 Lamb tongue, cheek, brain, tendon
Heart, liver, kidney of Lamb $7.95

Negeen Restaurant
801 W. Hamilton Ave.
Campbell, CA 95008
(408)866-6400 .
http://negeenrestaurant.com/

Saffron Restaurant
1392 S Bascom Ave
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 998-0122

Sahand Restaurant
4628 Meridian Ave
San Jose, CA 95124
(408) 267-1288
http://www.sahandrestaurant.com

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  1. The Clay Oven
    491 Lytton Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    http://www.clayovencatering.com/

    I'm not an expert on Persian cuisine so I can tell if it's authentic or not. My Assyrian friend loves it.

    1. Oddly enough I asked this exact question of an Iranian coworker of mine since we were headed off to a concert being given by a Persian singer on Saturday. He suggested Chelokababi (Sunnyvale, El Camino and Wolfe Rd) referenced back in 2002 and also recommended Shalizaar up in San Mateo (25th Avenue) which has been mentioned on this board before. We ended up going to Sumiya for yakitori though and so didnt actually eat at either.

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      1. re: tomritza

        Ha! Here's a link to The Digest for katya's smackdown report comparing Chelokababi and Shalizaar.
        http://www.chow.com/digest/654
        Those two have been the standards for comparison. At Bijan yesterday, I asked the Persian man in line ahead of me for a rec, and he offered up Chelokababi as the most consistently excellent over the years.

      2. Having moved from seeking out Polish, Portuguese, Peruvian, Puerto Rican and into Persian food, I don't have a answer for you restuarant-wise, but one place that keeps getting repeated in a lot of Persian food web pages is ...

        Norooz Bazaar
        1390 S. Bascom Ave.
        San Jose, Ca
        (408) 295-2323

        But then again I was googlin on the word 'norooz'.

        And maybe on your way down South, you might consider a route that would take you past
        Damavand Market
        37013 Towers Way, Fremont
        (510) 793-2606

        They make Persian bread to order. Pay for the bread, wait or shop, and they call out your name when it is ready.

        1. I haven't been to any of the restaurants mentioned above, except for Chelokababi several years ago. I have fond memories of the kashk bademjan appetizer at Paradise in Mtn. View (now closed, afaik). It was a variation of the garlicky eggplant caviar dip, topped with yogurt (or curd?), tahini, dried mint and sumac berry powder. Do any of these places make an excellent version of that dish? It was my "gateway" eggplant dish! (Having never liked that vegetable before Paradise.)

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          1. re: sairuh

            Paradise has reopened in Sunnyvale on the corner of Mary and El Camino behind the El Pollo Loco.

            1. re: SoftTarget

              Thanks for the news! I'll check it out. They are now called Kabob Afgan & Persian Cuisine.

              http://pakabob.com/ - 604 S. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale

          2. Which of these or other Persian restaurants offer a buffet? I am new to the cuisine & like a buffet to try out & separate the dishes I like from the ones I dont. I rememeber a Persian retaurant in San mateo (3rd Street) had a lunch buffet, but cant remember the name though! Any others?

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            1. re: rdabke

              I think the Persian place on 3rd might be Caravan, but I think I heard on this board that it closed.

              1. re: katya

                Caravans (formerly Yaas), the Persian place on 3rd Ave., San Mateo, closed at least a year ago. And, yes, they used to have a lunch buffet.

                They were good, but Shalizaar is definitely better.