After a pretty terrible furniture auction experience, we were all pretty hungry and in desperate need of food. I have been wanting to try this place for some time and we were in the area so decided to check it out, we came here just after 2pm. When we drove up there was a long line but soon figured it was people waiting to collect their car from the valet service, which honestly seems a bit unnecessary. There’s enough parking that you can park yourself. But anyway, after handing over the car we were told to wait at the bar until a table was available.
While waiting, 3 of us decided to get some cocktails. I got the Cucumber Martini ($12) and the others got two Rumi’s Old Fashioned ($12 each). The Cucumber Martini was amazing, you could actually taste the cucumber and it had just the right amount of gin, slightly strong but not overbearing – the mix was perfect! As for the Rumi’s Old Fashioned, Rumi’s has gained new fans lol. They loved it! Served in a small glass with cherries and orange peel – I had a sip of it and it was strong – a different take on the usual Old Fashioned. Needless to say over the course of the meal, we all had 2 additional repeats of our drinks.
It didn’t take long to get our table – around 10 minutes and we carried our drinks over. I had read some reviews and saw the recommendations on the dips, so we got the Appetizer Platter ($27), it’s not on the menu but the waitress mentioned that it was a good dish to sample the dips they have. They brought over some complimentary bread and Sabzi, I didn’t try it – it’s a bit like a small salad with walnuts, feta cheese, tarragon, mint, radish and olives. Not much of a salad fan so I thought I’d save room for the other dishes, everyone said the feta cheese was good though. For the mains, we ordered the Joojeh Kabob, Soltani Kabob, Lamb Shank, Soup and I got the Rumi’s Wings.
Appetizer Platter ($27) – This consisted of 6 dips, Dolmeh and bread. The dips they brought out were Hummus, Fried Eggplant (Kashk Badenjoon), Smoked Eggplant (Mirza Ghasemi), Shirazi Salad, Yogurt Trio and Mast Khiyar (yogurt with diced, fresh cucumbers, raisins, walnuts & herbs). The Dolmeh was really good, one of the best I’ve tried – compared to what we used to get in Sydney, it wasn’t overbearing and Honestly, the best one was the Yogurt Trio, others liked the smoked eggplant also. The Yogurt Trio had cucumber, dried shallot and spinach and the combination of this was great and went the best with the baked flat bread.
Rumi Wings ($11) – It’s actually a starter, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish off a main and wanted something was some spice so the waitress recommended this. The wings were grilled well and you could taste the small kick of lemon – this wasn’t spicy at all, but the sauce that’s provided with it definitely was, it was a good combination and actually went well with some of the other dishes we ordered. I ate 4 of the 6 and had to take the rest back – I did try everyone’s entrees so I guess that had something to do with it.
So I just had a sample of the other dishes, the Joojeh Kabob ($22) was very similar to the wings in taste and could have done with some of the chilli sauce that’s brought out with the wings. The Lamb Shank ($26) was lacking in flavour and could have done with a bit more spice, the meat is very soft and tender and the gravy was a bit bland. Finally the Soltani Kabob ($28), this was probably the best of all the entrees. It comes with Beef Barg and Beef Koobideh. Both were cooked perfectly and flavourful. I’d say I enjoyed the Koobideh slightly more – just due to it having more flavour, but both were great – if you like meat then this is the dish for you. All of these came with a heap of basmati rice, which was largely left uneaten. Probably chips or something else would make a better side, but then that’s just me. I didn’t try the soup ($8), it was a lentil one and the comments on it by those who tried it were not favourable.
Quantity wise – it was more than enough and out of 5 of us, 4 had to get the rest for takeaway.
Ambience – from the bar to the table, it has great atmosphere. It’s well lit – we were there during the day time and the sun was streaming in. The table was roomy and enough for our group of 5 and was family friendly.
Service – it was pretty good, at times we’d need to call on another waiter, but I will say they went out of our way to get cigarettes for two of our group who obviously couldn’t control their craving after having the Old Fashioned drinks. That was really nice of the waitress.
Spice – well not much really, I’d say around a 2-3/5.
Taste – Overall, it was quality ingredients and presented well. The standout dishes were the Soltani Kabob and Yogurt Trio dip, as well as the Cucumber Martini and the Old Fashion cocktail.
Honestly, I wasn’t blown away by the food, but the whole experience was great and I like the setting. I would come back for the drinks at least and probably the starters or to share the Soltani Kabob, defs can’t finish that on my own. Total $239.89.