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Dec 18, 2010 10:36 AM

Shiraz in Watertown vs Lala Rokh?? Need Help Today!

Groupon has a Shiraz offer today. I love Persian food at Lala Rokh. Is Shiraz as good, or almost?
thanks for your help.

Lala Rokh
97 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

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  1. OK, I've never been to Shiraz, but since others haven't chipped in I thought I would offer a few thoughts. Lala Rokh is extremely atypical for an Iranian/Persian restaurant -- it is in an elegant setting with a 'fine dining' ambition. I personally think the food is not that great, but others, including yourself, are fans.

    Shiraz will not offer anything along those lines: it will undoubtedly be a much more simple/ homely atmosphere. However, the food may well be tastier than Lala Rokh. Sadly, since I've not been, can't comment...hopefully someone will chime in soon. But don't expect Lala Rokh -- both for good and bad.


    1. A Persian colleague of my DH's likes Shiraz.. A former boss of mine is Persian (born in Isfahan) and when I asked him years ago where to go for an authentic Persian meal, he said Molana in Watertown (particularly for kabab-e-kubideh). Neither ever mentioned Lala, so no idea how it stacks up. If you can get the groupon, it's probably worth a try.

      Molana Restaurants
      5 Spring St, Watertown, MA 02472

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      1. re: little.tiger

        i haven't been to lala rokh in years but i had an extremely disappointing meal at molana a few months ago. maast-o-khiar with stale pita bread and a bland underseasoned beef khoresht. i guess i should have ordered one of the kabobs

        1. re: galangatron

          What a bummer, sorry you had a poor experience. I haven't been to Molana in years. I think the last time was in 2006. I was actually thinking of going back since it's been so long, but I guess we won't unless I hear some positive reviews.

          I've only been to lala rokh once, about 10 years ago now. I ordered my favourite khoresht (fesenjan - walnuts, pomegranate and chicken), and they did theirs with duck (which was fine by me), but the duck was dry and untasty. I was floored. How does duck become dry and untasty when cooked with walnuts which are oily and flavourful?! It was especially disappointing since this was shortly after we left Montreal, where the hole in the wall Persian restaurant down the street from us made a wicked good one for maybe 1/3 the price. Anyway, some good did come of this since it made me locate a Persian cook book and learn to make it myself.

          Molana Restaurants
          5 Spring St, Watertown, MA 02472

      2. I hope you got it -- I like both places, but Shiraz is our go-to neighborhood Persian. All the meat dishes are especially good. Actually, all three Persian places in Watertown (Molana, Shiraz, Jasmine) are very good. They're all much less upscale than Lala Rokh.

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        1. re: Pia

          didn't get it bec didn't hear back in time. will have to try those places. thnx for the advice lt and pia.

          1. re: opinionatedchef

            At the time of this post, Groupon is still offering it (until midnight sun night).

        2. Funny that this came up because I just heard about Shiraz for the first time from the Persian doc I work with. He loves it.