family was in town to give a birthday dinner. booked an 8pm reservation at convivium; however when we got there at 8pm it was going to be a 1hr+ wait because of the rain in the garden so they put us outside under the front awning, we had a drink and left.
i had no idea what kind of cuisine miriam offered, but i vaguely remembered hearing positive reviews on here so we decided to walk over there and were very happy we did.
first, if you don't eat red meat or chicken such as moi, this place is great. it was nice to see that all of the menu appetizers have either veggies or fish. there were also four menu entrees that were fish.
it was half filled and we were promptly sat and host/owner(?) offered us to have a taste of their tishbi israeli wine, which never came. in theory, it didn't bother us that we didn't get a tasting; however to offer and then never come back with it did.
we ordered apps to share - the sardines, veg cigars, and bureka. all were excellent. sardines were tasty as they can be. veg cigars were not greasy and had a good balance of spinach/cheese (oft times the cheese is overpowering) and the bureka (i'm a sucker for puffed pastry dishes) was tasty with the three different condiments.
for entrees, i ordered the lemon sole, and my two other dining partners ordered the seafood skillet. the lemon sole was crusted with spices and strong flavored but good. i hated the shallots, but that could just be me because my companions loved them. the rice was great too. the seafood skillet was simple but filling and with the tastiest lobster bisque sauce (as compared to the usual tomato-y type sauce). flavors were great, especially the baby octopus. we also ordered a side of green haricot verts with garlic (wahh, why do all green veggies have to be an ala carte extra!! just my own personal crusade to have more veggies with a dish.)
i am not usually a dessert person, but i loved their menu options. i had the puff pastry dessert with apples and pistachio. we also got the chocolate volcano which was great (according to my partner; i'm not a chocolate fan).
for wine, we tried a tishbi. i wish for the life of me i could remember which one!! our waitress recommended it and it was fine. and cheap! the wines are a great buy.
service was reasonable and quick. food came out quickly and they were attentive.
i am not a connoisseur of persian food so i cannot comment on its authenticity. and is persian even the right description?? however, it was refreshing to try a new park slope restaurant that was not the usual thai sleek, japanese chic, american, italian, french bistro that is popular here and end up all tasting the same. i'm not sure if everyone would love the strong flavors and spices. i didn't find any of it overly aggressive (except for said shallots) and we all left with a very clean taste on our palate. i would definitely try it again and hope this place does well!
oh yeah, and it's cheap. we had 3 apps, 3 entrees, 2 desserts, 3 coffee/tea and 1 bottle of wine for $115 + tip. if you're interested, they are having a special tasting menu sometime this week (i don't remember the specific days).
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