Six hounds met for the Saturday buffet lunch held at Parisas (see the previous post by Bill I attached at the end here). All but two of us were new to Chowdowns, so they probably don't know the tradition that the last one to arrive should be the first to report. Well, that was me, so here goes (I'm at a bit of a disadvantage, as I can't remember the names of things and even though Bill told me the spelling/name of my favorite chicken dish three times I STILL don't remember....I'm sure some of you will fill in the details, and maybe Steve can share his photos...).
Anyway, this is a small deli in the commercial area of Sparks. They have a few Persian dishes on the menu and do a small buffet on Saturday afternoons (14.95 including drinks for all you can eat; very reasonable IMO). There were two or three main dishes on the buffet, as well as salads and deserts. The "regulars" who had been there before state that the dishes are different every week. In addition, the owner brought us some complementary kabobs (beef and chicken). A sign says these are not included on the buffet; he just wanted us to try them. Everyone agreed that the kabobs were a highlight, and several of us would go back just for kabobs on a weekday...
As for the buffet items: My favorite was the chicken dish. I am going to rely on Bill to give me the name...see my comment above. It was served in a thick sauce made from pomegranites and walnuts. It is probably most similar in texture and appearance to a Mexican mole, but the taste of the sauce almost reminded me of the haroset served at Jewish Passover seders. Sweet and nutty, and very good. The chicken was tender as well.
Another dish I liked was the potato dish. It was like a thick frittata...again, don't ask me names.
I also really enjoyed the salads. The greens were a mixture of mint, cilantro, maybe some Italian parsley, and other deep green veggies. Very good with a cucumber-yogurt dressing on top. There was also a tasty cucumber-tomato salad.
But I think the highlight of the meal for me was desert. There was some great melon, some ok watermelon, a halwa, and the most wonderful coconut cookies I have eaten in a long, long time. My tablemates will testify to the fact that I was practically moaning as I ate them. I love macaroons....there were three types: plain, covered in dark chocolate, and covered in white chocolate. The white chocolate ones were especially tasty. In addition, the texture was perfect. Not too dry, not too chewy....just right. It took a lot of will power to keep from loading my purse with a bunch of them as I walked out....
I say if you want something different and tasty on a Saturday afternoon, check out this buffet. Its definitely unique to the area, and some tasty dishes are to be had. I'd be interested in hearing from the rest of you.
Bill's original post on Parisa's: