REVIEW: Rumi’s Kitchen, Persian Cuisine, Sandy Springs, North Fulton
I’d been hearing rumors around the office about Rumi’s Kitchen for months now. When I mentioned this casually to my friend and Atlanta foodie Twitter celebrity @sashaeats at our dinner at The Mercury in February, he confirmed that I had to check it out. We decided to go together, but neither of us figured it would be until the end of April that our schedules would permit it.
Rumi’s Kitchen is “the premiere Atlanta location for Persian cuisine” according to their website. Hey, I figure anyone who makes a claim like that better be be able to back it up. Let me tell you right off the rip – Rumi’s Kitchen is nothing short of amazing.
Atlanta Magazine named Rumi’s Kitchen one of their Top 50 Restaurants in Atlanta for 2016. We think it’s an Atlanta restaurant that you must eat at. Even if you’ve never experienced Persian food, you’ll like Rumi’s Kitchen. Atlanta Magazine also says that a new Rumi’s Kitchen will be opening sometime soon in The Avalon in Alpharetta.
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Named after a 13th century Persian poet; Rumi’s Kitchen is bright, airy, open, and welcoming. It has a contemporary feel that is accompanied by concierge-like service. This is a professionally run restaurant fully capable of meeting the needs of Atlanta’s most discriminating diners.
Our server was simply outstanding. He was friendly, polite, and very accommodating when I identified myself as a first-time patron. He made several recommendations and I went with every one of them.
A complimentary plate of greens, dates, nuts, and cheese is served; along with a basket of housemade flatbread. This is eaten by taking a few pieces of each, dropping it onto the bread, wrapping it up and eating it. This sounds simple, but its very good.
We ordered an appetizer recommended by our server of Kashk Badenjoon; that’s fried eggplant with a creamy whey, onion, and mint. The smell of the mint was strongly than the taste of the mint, so don’t let that fool you. This is not spicy, but it is very flavorful. I was glad he recommended this because it was great and we both enjoyed it very much.
@sashaeats ordered the Salmon Sandwich that’s really more like what I would call a wrap, but he loved it. Its accompanied by a seasonal green salad that’s pre-mixed with a very strong vinaigrette. @sashaeats thought it was a little strong for his tastes, but I really liked it.
I went with the server’s recommendation of Lamb Kabob that’s sirloin of lamb that’s been marinated in yogurt and mint. OMG, let me tell you – this meat was as tender as a Filet Mignon! It was really incredible. Its served with a lentil & raisin basmati rice that is equally delightful.
Our server brought some sumac seasoning to our table. His explanation was that it was kind of citrus like and helped bring out the natural flavors of the meat. @sashaeats shared he liked it on the rice too. I tried a bit, and found myself sprinkling it throughout my meal like pixie dust. Yes, they were both right.
At the helm of Rumi’s Kitchen is Chef Ali Mesghali. He grew up in Iran and came to Atlanta by way of Los Angeles. One thing that always warms my heart is to see a chef in the kitchen AND in the dining room checking on his guests. Yes, he came by and asked about our meal. No, I don’t think he had a clue who we were. Of course, in order to preserve the integrity of our review, we maintained our anonymity.
Our lunch together at Rumi’s Kitchen was fantastic. Not only did we get to share a great meal, we got to laugh and talk some social media shop too. In this life, nothing is better than a meal with friends and Rumi’s Kitchen is a place where you want to take your friends, family, and clients. Just in case you’re wondering, Rumi’s Kitchen is one of Atlanta’s MUST VISIT restaurants on our list. Guten appetit!