Persian Dining at Kasra
Best in Houston
I love a restaurant with charming curb appeal. Kasra did not have that.
But, I've been told by a few Iranians that Kasra Persian Grill has the best Persian food in Houston. Judging by the constant flow of diners on a Thursday evening, I would guess they were correct.
The atmosphere inside was very welcoming. That was helpful because I was actually on a blind dining date. (more on that later) In this photo my new dining friend, Kristi is smiling for the camera as I tell her about the family behind her. I was amused that the little girl seemed to be sitting on top of the table while the family ate. You have to love a restaurant that welcomes table top diners. I'm not sure I could have gotten away with it, though.
Our server, Mati welcomed us with a smile and some suggestions with the menu. We were served the complimentary plate of warm
taftoon bread as well as an herb plate.
It was a treat having a glass of wine since I wasn't sure we would have an option. (Alcohol is banned for Muslim citizens in Iran) We tried a little of the basil, mint, green onion, radish, mint and feta with the taftoon, but the bread was much better with kashke bademjan. This warm eggplant dish is roasted with sautéed onions and garlic and topped with a creamy yogurt. Evidently the fresh hummus is hugely popular. Another time!
I tried the chicken barg, which was boneless charbroiled chicken. Kristi had the kubideh, which is a ground beef, blended with grated onion and Persian spices. We both agreed the chicken was the winner. Both dishes were served with grilled tomatoes and basmati rice with a hint of saffron. There are a number of Persian restaurants in Houston, but Kasra is known for the best rice. Next time I'd like to try the sour cherry rice, with cranberries, almonds and pistachios!
New Dining Friend
I often meet new friends through my dining adventures. You never know what you might learn from your server, or the diners sitting at the next table.
Kristi and I did meet at Kasra for the first time, but it was the dining blog, not a dining adventure that brought us together. Kristi ran across my blog while doing a Google search. Her comments revealed that we have lots in common. Not only is she an adventurous food explorer, runner, traveler and film buff, but she's a blog writer, sky-diver ( I can barely claim that) and a trapeze class student, like me! When she was up for a dining adventure, I thought why not?
A Short Dessert Review
We decided to share an order of zolobia for dessert. Gooey, sticky, super sweet...too much to finish!
My review of food and atmosphere may be a little weak, but it's difficult combining a food adventure with a new person adventure! There were so many questions going back and forth across the table, it was hard to completely absorb the dining experience. I've stopped rating dining experiences with points, but this one gets the letter A for Adventure! Thanks to Kristi for giving me a real dining adventure! New food...new friend!
For a peek at Kristi's adventures in running...and life: http://runkwrun.blogspot.com/
The Dining Blog
This is a blog about Dining Adventures. Sometimes, I talk about food. Below, you can read how this started.
On July 4th 2011, I set a goal to try 50 culturally diverse restaurants in one year! (I knew that was possible, living in the Houston area) I spent the year pulling in friends and family to join me, on some unusual dining adventures. I met some curious people, tried some scary foods and explored places and cultures I never would have otherwise. Even though I met my goal, I learned too much to end my adventures in dining. I have continued blogging about memorable dining adventures of all kinds, near and far... and all the discoveries and funny things I've learned along the way!
Locations and types of dining adventures, are listed further down.