People eat three times a day to prevent mouthy mouths from brashly blurting out their distaste for the rest of the digestive system. Today's Groupon prevents inner-system quarreling by subduing chatty cheeks with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern eats: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic regional cuisine at Bijan Restaurant. Your Groupon is only redeemable for dine-in at the Walnut Creek location of this family-owned and family-operated eatery.
Bijan Restaurant serves authentic Persian and Mediterranean cuisine created from original family recipes for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. The popular Sunday brunch, which is ideal for Mother's Day, fills famished faces with savory bites such as the mascarpone- and strawberry-stuffed french toast ($8.95) or the haleem ($8.95), slow-cooked wheat berries and lamb mashed into porridge and dusted with cinnamon and a dollop of butter. A pared-down weekly lunch menu satisfies midday shank cravings, and the dinner offerings promise to transport your palate down the dusty roads of the 1930s Persia of your youth. Start with an order of hummus ($6.95), primed for receiving house-made flatbread into its creamed beans, before moving on to the vegetarian dish fesenjon ($13.95), crushed and roasted walnuts in pomegranate sauce over basmati rice. Hand-held protein wands such as the saffron-brushed charbroiled filet mignon barg kebab ($19.95) or the joojeh kebab (tender lime-and-saffron-marinated chicken breast on a spear, $14.95) will satisfy cravings for supper on a stick and make up for an at-home lentil soup-on-a-stick experiment that went horribly awry.
Bijan's lively atmosphere is enhanced by a friendly and knowledgeable staff who will regale you with their wealth of knowledge on the proper pronunciation of words such as joojeh, koobideh, and Sartre. Floor-to-ceiling windows, pale wood paneling, and a handful of outside tables make Bijan an ideal dining choice for warm summer nights, while the live belly dancers that shimmy and shake throughout the restaurant every Friday and Saturday night add a dash of life to the authentic yet otherwise inanimate atmosphere.
- Every time I come here, I am always greeted with a smile. I really like their Naan…They also have a good wine list, dinner menu, and my favorite their dessert menu. Everything is well priced…Be prepared to bring home a doggy bag. I would recommend the Fensanjon Chicken, and the Combination Platter, and all of their Kabobs are yummy. – Alaina, Citysearch
- …always get the yogurt with your meal, any kind will do, mix it with the rice and BAM..heaven. The hummus is REALLY good with thier [sic] NAAN bread that they keep serving you along with cheese and onion and basil. The service is the best. – Hedieh, Yahoo! Local
- This was a nice experience, sometimes Persian food can be a little bland, but the spice mixture they leave on the table adds a little extra flavor. – hungrygirl1, Citysearch
The chefs at Bijan Restaurant draw in flavors from the Mediterranean’s coasts and stir them together to produce their eclectic menu. Their core menu focuses on Persian cuisine, including classic charbroiled kebabs and lamb shank, but they expand the borders of their culinary ventures to include greek salads, italian pastas, and pesto-bedecked pizzas.
In the separate bar and lounge, the very air tastes of distant lands, each table topped with an ornate, delicate glass hookah. Staffers fill the vessels with flavorful liquids as guests relax on plush couches or absorb the technicolor rays of flat-screen TVs. Colorfully painted walls provide a backdrop for details of intricate patterns, from polka-dot tile patterns to a portrait of a zebra donning its traditional jailhouse garb.
Downtown Walnut Creek
1690 Locust St.
Walnut Creek, California 94596Get Directions