I had my first experience of Persian today at Kasra and was a little disappointed. There are nothing but positive reviews on b4-u-eat and they seem to be by real people, not made-up names. There are only a couple of mentions in passing here on Chowhound. Perhaps I ordered the wrong things or it was just my personal tastes.
Doogh - the Persian version of a yogurt drink. I like yogurt drinks, lassi, borani, but this has carbonated water added and I thought the carbonation burn overpowered the yogurt and herbs.
Torshi - listed as pickled vegetables on the menu it’s a relish, very tart. I probably wouldn’t order it again.
Taftoon, the Persian flat bread - no where near as interesting a bread as naan or lepinja.
Kubideh - a little under-seasoned but very good with grilled tomato and basmati rice with saffron that I couldn’t stop eating.
Anybody know what the ‘Persian spice’ in the shaker on the table is? I tried to find out from the waiter and he tried to explain but couldn’t come up with any English so just said ‘Persian spice.’ It’s dark, like chili powder, but not hot or overwhelming, but it definitely did help the kubideh.
What do you recommend at this restaurant? I definitely will be going back to try some other things. How about the other Persian restaurants in Houston – Café Caspian, Bijan, the little place up Hillcroft from Bijan, Saffron, which has no reviews on b4-u-eat?