It was a gloomy day yesterday, and after a stop at the Salvation Army Store to drop off some old clothes, we headed over to Pars. We ended up stuck in a traffic jam because Orchard Lake was down to one lane in each direction - not a great thing on a Saturday afternoon!
Pars features Persian cuisine. This particular building has been about four different restaurants in the past ten years. My favorite was Tiramisu, and I was very sad when that closed. There is still one in Northville, but they aren't on Saturday for lunch.
After we were seated, we opted for the buffet, even though it wouldn't be open for another 10 minutes. I didn't mind the wait, but Dean is a little impatient and he was getting a little restless. It didn't help that they seated another customer right behind our booth, even though the entire place was empty, and he babbled on his cell phone the entire time.
The meal started out with pickled veggies. Dean wouldn't touch them, but I enjoyed munching on them. They were crispy, but if you don't like vinegar, you won't like the torshi.
Finally, the buffet was ready! I wasn't sure what to expect, but it turned out to be usual Mideastern fare. Hummus, kababs, ground chicken & beef. Here's what I sampled:
Here is the torshi. I especially enjoyed the cauliflower and peppers
The hummus was delicious, and easily the best I've had in the area. The pita bread, not so good.
My first plate - marinated salmon, which was quite tasty, seasoned ground beef, not a favorite. I didn't like the spices. Zereshk polo, rice mixed with sweet and sour currants. This was very interesting, and the favors very unique. I couldn't eat much of it, though. Dill rice with lima beans - I really liked this. Dean thought it was very bland, but I liked the mellow flavor. Chicken kabab - the meat was a little gnurly.
My second plate - more salmon, rice, and I worked up the nerve to try the khoresht ghaymeh - it looked yucky, but it tasted wonderful. Wish I had tried it earlier in the meal, when I still had room. I also tried the ground chicken, which I did not like at all. It tasted overpoweringly of onion - not a favorite of mine!
Dessert was the biggest disappointment. Baklava and a honey soaked pastry. They did have a very yummy looking dessert tray, but we didn't see it until we were leaving.
Here is a statue on your way into the restaurant. Not sure by the one pony is sniffing the others butt.
I thought this lamp was kind of cool.
At 14.95 per person, beverage extra, I thought that the meal was a little pricey. The service was good, and one of the wait staff even ran outside to catch us because I had left my Barbie sized brush on the table. I ignored the fact that he was laughing the entire time - even fashion models have to occasionally brush their hair.