Sometimes, you stumble upon a place, and don’t have much hope on it but when it turns out to be amazing, you just feel so awesome about yourself. At found out this place via a deal. We had a tough time looking for the place. And after taking several rounds of the dimly lit South Bascom Ave, we eyed Saaghi – House of Kabob at the end of a plain ground, next to a supermarket (Mehrooz Supermarket, if I remember correctly).
The place looked a bit rundown and creepy and I was sure we are just wasting our time.
A thick wooden door opened into the dimly lit restaurant. The place was as lively from inside as shabby from outside. There was a small party of Iranian men on one side of the restaurant, gyrating to live Persian music and occasional karaoke. Surprisingly, I did not find this clamour a bit noisy. I actually enjoyed the music!
A very busy hostess took our order and gave us a complimentary Green Salad (which when topped with their special masala (seasoning) is extremely yummy! Our food took a while to arrive which gave me enough time to dwell on the interiors. The place was embellished with Persian lanterns, paintings and show pieces. Even though the place could do with some upgradation, I enjoyed its aura.
Our appetizer, Kashke Bademjan, arrived with Lavash bread. This mildly flavoured, mashed eggplant was so delightful that I was disappointed when we gulped it down in no time.
For the main course, we ordered Barreh and Joojeh (Lamb and Chicken Kabobs). We liked the lamb more. The lamb was perfectly to our liking.
Our dessert was Faloodeh and Baklava (you cannot not have Baklava if you go to an Irani / Mediterranean / Turkish / Mid Eastern restaurant). The Faloodeh had a light rose flavour and icy creamy Persian ice cream. A delightful serving, again.
This was one of the best meals I have had lately. Everything from the Green Salad to Baklava was fresh and touched our taste buds adequately. I would go to this place to treat myself once in a while.
The quaint place has a homely feel. There was only one stewardess, when we visited, who despite being busy is patient and helpful. The place is comfortable to be at and pleasant to look at.
Give it a try!
PS: Their website offers an unusual explanation of the word ‘Saaghi’.
Saaghi refers to a lady with specific meaning. Saaghi is the Wine-Bearer and pourer. She is mentioned in Persian poetry by many poets such as Omar Khayyam, Hafiz, Rumi, Saadi and many more poets Saaghi is every man’s dream woman. She is beautiful, kind, loving, and always by her man’s side.
She is the one men die for.
She is the one poetry is about.
She is the true love