1,001 nights is precisely how long it would take before we tired of the kabobs, creamy hummus and Kashk Bademjoon these folks are serving up. Huh, what a coincidence.1001 Nights Persian Cuisine in Johns Creek is aptly named, and not just because it's packed with authentic, Persian recipes. No, it's an appropriate moniker because 1,001 is precisely how many consecutive nights we could sup upon said recipes. (That's 2.7 years, for the curious.) The restaurant is the collective dream of childhood friends, Ali Reza Morshed and Mohsen Roozi. The duo was born in Iran, and moved to good ol' America, where the two grew up eating the recipes of their mothers and grandmothers. And now, they're sharing the edible wealth with Johns Creek, and all of Atlanta.
Comfortable seating and large round tables adorn the tastefully decorated, upscale dining space, which is large, by the way (this ain't a hole-in-the-wall). The food, however, maintains hidden-gem status. It's easy to see why it's a popular choice for business lunches and milestone dinners. Soft, muted grays and browns encourage relaxation, while soft, instrumental music makes carrying on a conversation a cinch. We were excited to see the long list of kabobs, salads and appetizers, and the impressive selection of vegetarian options. Upon arriving, the knowledgable waitstaff is quick to bring the customary appetizer: fresh-baked bread, cheese, tarragon, sweet basil, mint, olives and cucumbers to the table. We also tried the Vegetable Kabob, a skewer packed with fresh-cut zucchini, squash, onions, bell pepper, portobellos and pineapple, all marinated, charbroiled and then served up with a heaping side of saffron basmati rice. Suffice to say, it was delicious. And yes, we could eat it for 1,001 nights. Challenge accepted.
Note: 1,001 Nights offers BYOB for a $10 corkage fee. Bottoms up.
Kashk Bademjoon, $8
Lamb Kabob, $24
1001 Nights Salad, $7
Soltani Kabob, $25
Sunday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.