Sufi's Atlanta | A Taste of Persia

by Melissa on June 9, 2011

Sufi’s Atlanta is a relatively new Persian restaurant in the heart of the Buckhead area of Atlanta, GA that just opened in November 2010. The restaurant has a very warm, romantic atmosphere, complete with pillows piled along the booth seating area.

The meal started off with a traditional Persian breakfast. This consisted of cucumbers, radishes, olives, walnuts, two types of cheese (one is feta, the other I don’t remember), butter and an assortment of herbs. You take your choices from this plate, wrap them up in some warm pita bread and enjoy.




If you’re a fan of eggplant, heck even if you don’t think you are, you must try Sufi’s Special (pictured below on the left). It is spicy sauteed eggplant with onion, garlic, chick peas in a slightly spicy chili sauce. It’s vegetarian friendly, very tasty and was the hit at our table!

Sufi’s does not have their liquor license so they don’t have alcohol for sale. However. Don’t be discouraged, use this to your advantage: BYOB. Bring your own bottle, or bottles of wine. Sufi’s will happily provide you with wine glasses, and even uncork your bottles.




This next dish, the dolmeh, is not the prettiest to look at (yes, even this food photographer is saying it and I hate it when people say “it tastes better than it looks“), but apparently it is one of Sufi’s more famous dishes. It even made it onto this list. The dolmeh is grape leaves stuffed with rice, ground beef, chives, tarragon, parsley, cilantro and raisins.



On to the main course, we ordered the Sufi’s Kabob Platter for Four. This was a monstrous amount of food that easily fed 6-7 people at our table. You choose four kabobs and then a big tray of rice comes with the meal. This was probably my favorite part of dinner, the rice. Along with the regular saffron basmati rice, you also get baghala polo (rice cooked with dill and fava beans) and my personal favorite zereshk polo (rice cooked with barberries, pistachio and almonds).

What would have made it better for this vegetarian (and occasional pescetarian) would have been either a veggie kabob, or more vegetables served along with the four kabob meal. I had some of the salmon kabob this particular evening, which was cooked quite well.




And rounding out this meal is dessert. A house-made saffron & rose water ice cream, topped with pistachios. Deliciously amazing.

And it came in such a big serving (for me at least), as if I had not had my fill of sweets for the week!




Sufi’s Atlanta
1814 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Full Disclosure: Thank you to Patricia Tinsley of Goliath Consulting Group for inviting me to enjoy dinner.





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Denise
December 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm

You said you would have liked a veggie kabob. There’s one at the top of the Kabob list on the menu. Maybe they added it after your review, or did you guys just not order it? The food looks really good! Makes even the eggplant look good.

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