Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef's word for "water" is "salt." Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Persian dinner fare at Alborz Persian Cuisine.
The cooks at Alborz Persian Cuisine fuel traditional feasts with a menu of kebabs, house stews, and vegetarian platters, earning them a Readers’ Choice award in the Austin Chronicle in 2010. Staffers skewer kebabs with specially seasoned chunks of beef filet mignon, which arrives flanked with sides of flame-broiled tomatoes, basmati rice, and house-made bread ($11.95). Diners can scoop up pomegranate, walnut purée, and baked chicken from the creamy fesenjan stew, a traditional Persian dish ($13.95), or play Rubik's cube with the specialty shish kebab's yield of one meat skewer and one grilled-vegetable skewer ($15.95). For dessert, servers surgically remove saffron, rose water, cardamom, and almonds from forest snowmen to craft the house-made ice cream ($3.95). Every Friday and Saturday night, belly dancers entertain with their best shimmies and swivels.
Alborz Persian Cuisine
At Alborz Persian Cuisine, diners choose Persian and Middle Eastern morsels off an extensive menu or construct an extravagant sampler plate at the buffet. Servers diligently stock the buffet for lunch and on Friday¬–Sunday for dinner, filling up hot trays of food with items from the regular menu, including lamb, beef, and chicken entrees in addition to a pair of vegetarian plates. For diners picking straight off the menu, the restaurant's eponymous Alborz family plate satisfies groups with skewers of cornish hen, boneless chicken, filet mignon, lamb, and ground beef finished off with a handful of sides. On Friday and Saturday nights, guests find the dining room animated by a crew of belly dancers shimming for nearly two hours swathed in costumes brightly colored enough to rival a parrot's favorite lipstick.