Houston has a few Persian themed restaurants and I have been to all of them. Bijan, however, has always been my favorite. I have been coming to Bijan for almost 5 years and hopefully it will continue on. When you enter the restaurant, you are normally greeted by the courteous staff and seated and immediately you are welcomed with fresh bread with a plate of radishes, cheese cubes and mint leaves which can be refilled once finished. Coupled with the warm and toasty bread, one could truly just nibble on these starters and have their fill. The started include the usually Hummus and Baba Ganoush (Hummus being a ground chick pea concoction and Baba Ganoush being a ground chickpea and roasted eggplant mixture). You can also ask for Mast-o-Khyar which is like a Greek yogurt with cucumbers and mint a few other things. You can also nosh on this and the warm also. There are a few options for the main course, however famous dishes consist of skewered minced meat (chicken, beef or lamb) grilled to perfection over a bed of scented rice with grilled tomatoes and onions, called Kobeideh. There are also dishes that have grilled pieces of lamb, beef or chicken over the same bed of rice. If you are feeling adventurous you can try out their lamb shank and Cornish hen. Overall my favorites are the Kobeideh which I always get when I am there. I finish off my huge meal with their qahwa (green tea); drinking it Persian style (put the sugar cube in your mouth and then sip the tea instead of putting the sugar cube in the tea directly).
I really like this place. They don't do a lot of embellishments, but what they are good at is serving simple, scrumptious food quickly with excellent service.
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