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Persian dive in Rockville - Sadaf Halal

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bmorecupcake Jun 5, 2008 06:14 AM

I couldn't find any posts here on Chowhound about his place, so just wanted to say that I've enjoyed good meals here. Their rice is excellent and the kubidah is amazing. Everything else is cooked very well. "Dive" might be the wrong word, as the seating area is quite clean.

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Sadaf Halal Restaurant
1327 Rockville Pike Ste J, Rockville, MD 20852

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    susabella RE: bmorecupcake Jun 5, 2008 07:53 PM

    I've often wondered about that place, when I need a Persian food fix I go to Yekta or Moby Dick. How do you compare Sadaf Halal with them?

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      bmorecupcake RE: susabella Jun 5, 2008 08:17 PM

      I only eat halal meat, and Moby Dick switched over to non-halal meat quite a few years ago. I can't remember well enough, honestly, to compare.

      I think the kubidah at Sadaf is better than Yekta. The rest I'd say about the same, but I haven't been to Yekta ever since I found Sadaf, quite a while now (2 years maybe). There's just something I like about Sadaf's charm.

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        DanielK RE: bmorecupcake Jun 6, 2008 05:01 AM

        Do they have the "cornish game hen" kabob at Sadaf? That's my absolute favorite dish at Yekta, though their pita leaves a lot to be desired.

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      eam531 RE: bmorecupcake Mar 3, 2011 09:01 AM

      Reviving an old thread.

      My husband and I LOVE this place. I'm vegetarian and get the hummous and one of the salads; my husband always gets a kebab.

      What's really great is that if you ask, they will give you the crusty rice from the bottom of the pot!!! Just delicious!! Oh, and when we ask, they always give us extra little cups of chopped up hot peppers, which we mix with our salad (me) and rice (husband).

      We keep meaning to try Yekta and will sometime soon, but we like Sadaf so much that it is hard to think about going someplace else.

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        Steve RE: eam531 Mar 3, 2011 05:26 PM

        The rice from the bottom of the pot is called tah-deeg. In some places it needs to be reserved or you have to get lucky to get it. Other places simply 'cheat' and make more tah-deeg in a pot or pressure cooker. When it's good, it's a true delicacy.

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        proboscidian RE: bmorecupcake Jun 6, 2011 06:25 PM

        I'm from this area but left a long time ago. Boy, has Rockville changed! This was one of the good changes. Nice, unpretentious Persian food. Unfortunately they were out of saffron ice cream.

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