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Persian restaurants in SW San Jose - Sahand, Garne, Shamshiri

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Persian restaurants in SW San Jose - Sahand, Garne, Shamshiri

Alice Patis | Jul 18, 2006 03:59 PM

Another poster asked about Sahand here:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

So I wanted to report that Sahand closed more than a year ago and was replaced by Garne, another persian restaurant. I posted a mini review of Garne as part of my long "Dearth of good restaurants in Blossom Hill" post that is now missing, so I'll recap here:

Garne's persian food is flavorful and seems authentic, but in small-ish portions (except for the big mound of rice). They have a (small & standard) salad buffet included with lunch specials, a nice deal. I've enjoyed the tender & flavorful kebabs, and I really like the Gormeh Sabzi (sp?) but watch out for the preserved lime if you haven't acquired a taste for it.
Garne is at 4268 Meridian (the NE Corner of Meridian & Branham), at the very corner spot of the strip mall.

I've also been to Shamshiri, which I & my persian boss enjoy more than Garne. Also it's halal according to my boss. We went for my boss's big birthday lunch so I got to try something like 15 dishes that day. They have something like 5 or 6 gourmet varieties of rice that are out of the world and chock full of yummy things (sorry I can't remember them all). The beef kebabs (well they're not shaped like kebabs but they're on a stick) are really tender and so well marinaded & juicy, but the chicken kebabs are dry & not as good. I think there was a Koresht chicken stew that I loved. There was a lamb dish that was fall off the bone tender. I wish I remembered the other dishes, because everything was really good except for that one chicken kebab dish being dry. Prices might be on the high side however. It came to $25 per person that day but I think that's because we had pre-ordered food for something like 25 people and there were 4 or 5 no-shows.
Shamshiri is on 1392 S. Bascom Ave., on the W side of Bascom.
Oh I found an old review from MetroActive's website:
http://www.metroactive.com/papers/met...

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