For three and a half years, Sufi's has been doing right by Persian cuisine—and proving to ATL just how good it can be when the ingredients are fresh and the bread is house-made.Intown Atlanta is blessed with a cornucopia of diverse eateries that represent countries far and wide, but up until three years ago, Persian cuisine was not one of them. And then, Sufi's happened. Ever since its grand opening, Sufi's has been doing right by Persian cuisine—and proving to Atlanta just how good kabobs and other Persian entrees are when all of the ingredients are fresh and the bread is house-made (both things you get when the owner spends about a year searching for the perfect chef). Plus, the specialty is the kabobs, and you really can't not love any sort of meat skewered and chargrilled over an open flame. It's a fact.
Hailing from the city of Shiraz in Iran, owner Mohsen says he spent quite a bit of time perfecting Sufi's—making sure the interior was Persian-inspired and romantic, finding the absolute perfect location, and as we mentioned, searching for just the right chef. And it worked. The dimly lit, plush restaurant is the perfect space to sample from the menu's array of dishes, from the creamy yogurt-based dips to kabobs cooked over an open flame. Six of those appetizers magically appeared at our table, with the baked-to-order bread (a kind of cross between pita and naan), and each was delicious in its own right: garlicky, creamy mast mousier; pureed eggplant and onion kashk bademjan; the tastiest sweet and savory dolmehs (stuffed grape leaves) we've had in Atlanta...
And as far as the kabobs, well, let's just say that Sufi's takes the typical meat-on-stick fare to a whole 'nother level. Vegetarians, fear not: not all of those kabobs are meat-centric. The marinated market veggie kabob with juicy seasonal veggies is just as good as the Cornish hen and lamb. For those of the carnivorous persuasion, lamb, beef, chicken, shrimp and fish are all repped on the kabob menu, each with a one-two punch of flavor, a healthy dose of freshness and a side of fluffy, bright saffron basmati rice. We tried both the rack of lamb and the Cornish game hen, and each were so fall-off-the-bone tender and flavorful, they nearly sent our tastebuds into shock (in a good way). Between the wonderfully complex flavors, the dark 'n sultry decor, the buttery basmati rice, and all six of those apps pleasing our palate, we have to say... Sufi's can roast our kabob any time.
Sufi's Special (spicy eggplant), $8
Falafel wrap, $9 (lunch)
Chicken kabob wrap, $11 (lunch)
Chenjeh (sirloin) wrap, $11 (lunch)
Lamb Kabob, $25
Shish Kabob, $24
Sunday - Thursday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.