Moby Dick, near Huntington Ave, near Symphony, Boston
Been satisfied with their cooking in the past, but was most keen on their fesenjoon, which they only serve on Wednesdays. If there's any dish that Persians consider their signature dish, it's fesenjoon -- chicken stewed in a sauce of ground walnuts and pomegranates. Finally got to try it and it was very very good -- the fragrance and richness of walnuts harmonizing and in balance with the fruitty and mildly tangy pomegranates, a mellow blend of spices, all flavours melded seamlessly. Chicken here was cooked to soft threads.
This is eaten with a pile of basmati rice (with saffron'd rice at the top), soaked for a long time to give each individual grain a texture just a tiny shade harder than al dente risotto, maybe a bit on the dry side (which makes them an awesome vehicle for this gravy). Every grain is individual. A decent shirazi salad (chopped tomtoes, cucumber, dressed with some vinegar and oil and lots of dried herbs).
An ok doogh (Persian yogurt drink with dried mint). On the thick side, the herbs a bit heavy and harsh.
Pita Kabob, Downtown Crossing, Boston
Thanks to many hounds for pointing out this place. Lovely tender chicken kebab, grilled to order. Shirazi salad here is superior, the mint really shines. I actually like the rice here better, fluffy, but also with a bit of hardness in the centre of each grain, also individually realized; it's lightly seasoned with salt, and also a bit with saffron too.
Doogh is off-menu, and is excellent. Great whiff of mint, perfectly thin, with what I thought was a tiny tiny bit of fizz, not sure if that's from some fizzy water used to thin the yogurt or a sensation from the mint.
Another Persian guy who was ordering food there says he prefers Pita Kabob to other places, Moby Dick included. Not hard to see why.
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