We wanted to go somewhere 'not Italian and not continental' so we asked a friend and he said this was one of the top two restaurants in Bellevue if you like middle eastern food. It's buried deep in the middle of a strip of shops so it isn't easy to see from the street - just behind BMW and the new Park Place Motors.
First off were the smiling happy to see us staff - which set the mood for an enjoyable evening. They were a bit busy but still took the time to make us feel comfortable. The waiter was very helpful, attentive, engaging but not too much so. We followed his recommendations for dinner and as you can see, I recommend them all.
Wine was about $8 per glass for a decent red Shiraz and a salad was brought out as part of the service, as was a nice flat bread. I would have only asked for some oil had I been thinking.
We had Barberry Rice ( a rice dish with Berberis, or Zereshk in Persian (Google translate thank you: زرشک), a fruit that is rich in vitamin C and a bit acid, but really good. This is a must try.), Lamb Shishleek (medium rare) which had a good flavor with no scent, Chicken Barg Kabob (no sauce and good quality). We enjoyed it all. On the side was fresh onion and basil to compliment the different flavors.
Also, on the table is a shaker of Sumic (I Googled it سمّاق) a red fruit that has been dried and ground which is a bit tart and lemony. The server recommended it for the dishes and we want to pick some up now. It was really delicious as spice.
Finally we had the Baghlava and fragrant tea to finish off the evening. I like the Baghlava more than more typical styled Greek Baklava...somehow a little less sweet.
Dinner was just over $100 and worth it. They have Belly Dancing on Saturdays but we didn't stay figuring we'd come back next time for that.
All in all, I definitely recommend this Bellevue jewel.
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