Saturday, April 26, 2014

Zeitoon Grill House

April 26, 2014

Lamb Soltani: Broiled chunks of bone-in rack of lamb & a skewer of koobideh ground beef kabob - 2+

J's comment > loved the ground beef (the 2+ is more for this skewer), texture sufficiently dense, but not hard as a rock, flavors well-balanced; lamb was cooked more towards medium (I prefer my lamb medium rare) so it was slightly tough, also tad saltier than I prefer; rice (as w all the other dishes below) heavily scented w saffron

Chicken w Bone: Whole cornish chicken, saffron marinated & broiled - 2+

J's comment > chicken very tender, loved the flavor which was surprisingly not as heavy w saffron as indicated (there was way more saffron flavor in the rice than in the chicken)

Traditional sangak bread - 2+

J's comment > really soft naan-like bread; goes really well w butter ;)

Chicken leg & barberi rice, cooked in red house sauce, served w basmati rice topped w saffron, barberries, pistachios - 2

J's comment > not bad, chicken (buried underneath all the rice) was tender, but flavor not as strong as the cornish chicken above, didn't really get the 'red house sauce' flavor, although it was provided on the side; the barberries tasted really similar to cranberries, again, the strong saffron in the rice kind of turned me off

Bakhtiari: Combo of chicken breast and steak grade top sirloin on a single skewer - 2

J's comment > both chicken breast and sirloin on the tough side

Chenjeh Tenderloin: Tenderloin pieces soaked in house marinade and grilled - 2

J's comment > tenderloin also on the tough side

Mirza Qassemi: Smoky broiled eggplants, garlic, herbs, topped w fresh mint - 2

J's comment > really thick, not very 'dippable', but flavor passable; mint flavor completely absent

Complimentary pita bread - 2

J's comment > pita bread was almost hard, no comparison to the sangak bread above

Fesenjoon Stew: Chicken breast chunks, cooked in walnuts & pomegranate sauce, served w basmati rice - 1

J's comment > chicken in the stew was tough; didn't really get the walnuts; I think the pomegranate made the stew slightly sour

Ghormeh Sabzi Stew: Beef chunks, cooked in sauteed vegetables, dried limes, red kidney beans, served w basmati rice - 2

J's comment > beef also tough here; stew similar to the chicken stew above minus the sour factor

Sadaf: Cardamom & Earl Grey tea blend - 2

J's comment > not bad, a regular earl grey tea (didn't get the cardamom flavor at all)


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Extra Comment 
We ate in and as we were waiting for our food, we saw a flurry of take-out orders being prepped. Reminiscent of Jolly's Indian, in which the restaurant appeared to cater more towards the take-out folks (guilty myself as per my previous encounter)

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