If you try something new, you might really enjoy it, even if it's filling balloons with Hot Wheels and throwing them off a bridge to see if they'll float. Apply the same principle to your palate with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Persian and Mediterranean cuisine at Khayyam Restaurant in Brookline.
Rated four stars by The Boston Phoenix, Khayyam Restaurant's menu douses tongues in an exotic mélange of palate-percolating flavors. Sink into the plush leather booths and sup like a shah with a high-class helping of joojeh kebob (Cornish hen marinated in saffron and lemon juice, $15.99); make sweet, sweet nose-love to the fragrant spices wafting from the alvand kebob (lamb chops, $15.99); or quick-lunch it with succulent spheres of falafel ($4.99) before getting back to your dust cloud of fighting cartoon characters. The softly lit atmosphere fills with exotic, intricate melodies every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. as Khayyam's belly dancers undulate their underbellies to the delight of diners. Reservations are recommended for dinner.
- The standout of the main courses are the kebabs, and it would be hard to beat the barreh soltani ($18.99)…Hot from the grill, very slightly charred, with that exquisite bit of fat still fragrant, these are extraordinary delights. – Robert Nadeau, The Boston Phoenix
- Everything was delicious and well presented. Ended our meal with Persian Baklava and Persian Tea. – Rani K., Yelp
An open fire flickers in the kitchen at Khayyam Restaurant, where chefs roll skewers of chicken, lamb, cornish game hen, and salmon. They marinate some meat with simple garlic and spices and douse others in a secret house sauce, then heap on sides of basmati rice, hummus, and sautéed vegetables. Guests chow down on these dishes in a dining area where one can often find a nostalgic astronaut crying under the midnight-blue ceiling from which dangle golden pendant lights.
404 Harvard St.
Brookline, Massachusetts 02446Get Directions