Persian cuisine is one of the oldest in human history, which is why it pairs so well with wine, the world’s oldest beverage, and sleeves, the world’s oldest napkin substitute. Dress for deliciousness with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Persian fare, plus a dessert (a $4.99 value), at Shiraz Cuisine in Watertown (a $24.99 total value).
Shiraz Cuisine's culinary artisans sear and sauté authentic Persian entrees sprinkled with sweet and savory seasonings in an elegantly appointed dining room. The dinner menu brims with succulent dishes, such as lamb shish kebab grilled over an open flame ($17.50) or the veggie platter, which makes inseparable bedfellows of eggplant and stuffed grape leaves ($13.50). Diners can fence hunger with a skewer of salmon kebab ($16.99), or court taste buds with shirin polo with chicken barg—chicken breast dressed in sugared orange peel and pistachios ($16.99). A crumbly nibble of baklava or smooth scoop of the saffron persian ice cream scented with rosewater entrances tongues as eyes feast on the belly dancing or live music that dazzles diners weekly. Blue lights glimmer warmly over wooden tables and ivory walls as attentive servers whisk entrees to guests past a tank of tropical fish that writes commonly misspelled words in the sand.
Throughout the past millennia, the Iranian city of Shiraz has been celebrated for its nightingales, its poets and philosophers, and its wine, with the oldest known wine discovered just outside the city. Shiraz Cuisine seeks to capture this heritage of refinement amid its ambient-lit dining area, replete with vibrant paintings depicting grapes and Persian cuisine. To complement the bounty of traditional kebab and soltani plates, belly dancers swivel their hips inside the premises on Thursday night. On Friday, musicians strum guitars in time with the most rhythmic chewer in the restaurant.
72 Bigelow Avenue
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472