Bijan Persian Grill dishes out the type of meal that makes a person feel pampered. Before any food orders come to the table, Bijan kicks the meal off with hot Barbari (Iranian Flat Bread) and small plates of mint, raw onions, radish, lime and farmer’s cheese. The decor and ambiance along with the food presentation make the restaurant a very homely experience.
The cubed sugar that comes with Bijan’s tea is worth ordering a pot alone! Once sufficiently warmed up, Bijan’s hummus is top notch. This appetizer is made with just the right level of smooth and creamy consistency and packs a nice lemony zest. Carnivores will be delighted as Bijan’s menu is very meaty and they have an illustrated, number coded menu to prove it.
Menu items are plentiful, but each dish definitely has its own personality. Those not fond of spice will relish here, as there is no real spice threat. True to the region, however, bottles of Asian hot sauce are within reach for those who can’t cope without.
The meats are always tender and seasoned beautifully. The kabobs on the Bijan Special (number 100 on the menu) for example, crumble perfectly with each bite. The rice and sides of each dish varies. Ingredients like cranberry, almond and pistachio keep the palate guessing, much like the Harwin Drive area itself!
Although, Bombay Sweets’s main counter delivers a plethora of desserts, the understated buffet to the left of the restaurant is something not to be missed as well. At 6.99–the buffet is a steal! The naan isn’t at the main serving line, but keep an ear out for the incoming, “Naan!” shout that comes from the counter. Once the naan is in possession, the South Indian indulgence is on!
For those unfamiliar with this brand of South Indian food, the spread is vegetarian and very flavorfully seasoned. Standouts on the buffet line are Khadi Pakoras and the Saag Paneer. Both of these dishes have the type of homely warmth that will lull you into a comfortable dream state by the end of your meal.
Additionally, Bombay Sweets, serves a mean cup of chai. When not craving a hot drink, the cooler has a variety of beverages including, Thums Up–a brand of cola from India. It tastes like Coke, but the logo on the bottle is worth popping open one of those bad boys. If not overexerted by the excitement of the buffet, dessert is an omnipresent wonderland of vivid color. The only difficult thing is picking which dessert to try first!
Those looking for an authentic experience can find it at Shiv Sagar! The line can get quite intense, but the public can hardly be blamed when their kitchen doles out such furious deliciousness. Shiv is a South Indian vegetarian place, but it makes effortless strides to dispel the myth that vegetarian food cannot be hearty. Come prepared to be stuffed!
A little hint for those unfamiliar with the cuisine. Dosa is a fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils. Any dish with the word dosa will come with one of these and its respective pairing. No other place in town makes a more immaculate dosas than the ones served here–they are golden, light, crispy perfection.
The hustle and bustle at the counter is fascinating to watch as you wait for your number to be called. There doesn’t seem to be rhyme or reason to how your order comes out. Dessert may reach you first, but the payoff is grand as each dish is picture perfect, served on Thali (metal plates). Most importantly their menu is impeccably delicious right down to the last morsel.