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Good Persian food for Narooz?

Tonig Mar 21, 2012 06:21 PM

To celebrate the Persian New Year (Narooz), I would like to find a good Persian restaurant anywhere in the Bay area. We are based in Menlo Park, but will travel for good Persian Food.


  1. Robert Lauriston Mar 21, 2012 06:45 PM

    Shalizar is good, but I prefer Maykadeh in SF.


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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      goldangl95 Mar 21, 2012 06:55 PM

      Second Shalizaar (though I haven't been in a couple years - so things may have changed). It's an upscale, special occasion-y type place, and the prices match. But it is also very good and authentic.

      I would analogize it to Amber India.

      1. re: goldangl95
        Robert Lauriston Mar 21, 2012 07:18 PM

        I thought Shalizar's prices were pretty modest. Kebabs are a bit steep compared with funky dives but the appetizers are cheap. I'd be hard pressed to spend as much there as I do most places I go.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston
          goldangl95 Mar 21, 2012 07:43 PM

          Oh agreed, in terms of say SF eating scene it's ridiculously reasonable. It's just one of the "special occasion" places for families in the area for graduations, birthdays etc. as a splurge.

      2. re: Robert Lauriston
        sugartoof Mar 25, 2012 04:20 PM

        I can't imagine any Persians would really think Mayjadeh is good. It's just one of the few options, but the menu isn't very representative of the cuisine.

        Zare would have been my guess for where to at least find the right flavors.

        1. re: sugartoof
          wolfe Mar 25, 2012 04:45 PM

          I know these are only from Yelp reviews and therefore suspect but have you ever really asked an Iranian their opinion.
          "My Persian in-laws were pleased, and you can't ask for a better review than that."
          "coming from a persian, this persian food is pretty delicious. the kashk is one of the best i've ever had. "

          1. re: wolfe
            sugartoof Mar 25, 2012 08:01 PM

            I know Persian food well enough that I didn't have to go to Yelp reviews or "asked an Iranian for their opinion". I'm stating my opinion.

            The worst offense is their tendency to undercook rice.

            1. re: sugartoof
              wolfe Mar 26, 2012 06:59 AM

              I can't imagine any Persians would really think Mayjadeh is good.
              Pardon, I thought you were stating your opinion of their opinion, silly me.

          2. re: sugartoof
            Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2012 05:06 PM

            Maykadeh's similar to Persian home cooking I've had.

            I should hope Zare would be better than Maykadeh, since the prices are so much higher.

            1. re: sugartoof
              hyperbowler Mar 25, 2012 09:41 PM

              They seem to have filler items on the menu, but what staples are they lacking that would make them more representative? Of the ones I've eaten in Persian homes, parties, etc., the only one noticeably lacking is Tahdig. And what about the flavors do you find off? Persian restaurants catering to American palates tend to reduce sour and amplify sweetness, but I can't recall experiencing that at Maykadeh (I've not been there in a long time though...)

              1. re: hyperbowler
                sugartoof Mar 26, 2012 02:22 AM

                The absence of Tahdig is major. Meanwhile, they have Bulgarian Feta.

                I'm not going to pick apart their menu, and say "Oh, they don't have Kooftah Tabrizzi" or whatever. It's not even about the missing staples when even basic spicing is wrong, it's about it being of poor quality, poorly executed, and not representative of the traditional flavors associated with the cuisine.

                1. re: hyperbowler
                  Robert Lauriston Mar 26, 2012 12:34 PM

                  Maykadeh took tahdig off the menu, I suspect because they had a tendency to run out, but I've had it since then.

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    sugartoof Mar 26, 2012 02:21 PM

                    I've never seen it on the menu since they opened, but they have at least added more of the stews, so I guess they have experimented with taking dishes on/off.

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              vulber Mar 21, 2012 10:33 PM

              wish i had seen this earlier - went to noc noc tonight (great persian-owned dive bar) and they had a great complimentary spread out tonight, but probably all gone by now.

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              1. re: vulber
                mariacarmen Mar 22, 2012 12:44 AM

                like, what, happy hour spread? the website specifically says they don't serve food... ? was it just a one-off party-type thing?

                1. re: mariacarmen
                  vulber Mar 22, 2012 10:17 PM

                  yup, they do it every year as a way to give back to patrons - really friendly family-owned joint

              2. Scott M Mar 22, 2012 03:35 PM

                Faz in Sunnyvale is worth checking out since it may be more convenient to your location

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                1. re: Scott M
                  Mission Mar 22, 2012 11:20 PM

                  isquared on College Ave in Oakland is Persian.

                  Silly name for so many reasons.

                  The food is nice though.


                2. j
                  Joan Kureczka Mar 23, 2012 11:33 AM

                  If you want something more modern/fusiony but still Persian, Zare has a special Persian New Year menu at the Fly Trap:


                  1. k
                    Ken Hoffman Mar 23, 2012 12:12 PM

                    Nageen in Campbell is the south bay champ.


                    1. t
                      Tonig Mar 25, 2012 10:29 PM

                      Thanks for all the great info and advise for good Persian food! We went out Saturday night in heavy rain, and decided to stick close to home so ended up at Faz in Sunnyvale. Not bad. Their menu items are not strictly Persian to say the least. My husband said Dishdash in Sunnyvale is better. Anyway will definitly want to try some of these other restaurants in SF another time. Thanks again!

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