Eat Local: Parsian Restaurant Open For Business
A new kabob house opens in Old Town Alexandria.
In January, Old Town welcomed the opening of Parsian Restaurant, situated at 703 King Street. The renovated space offers Persian specialties in a cozy, yet sophisticated atmosphere.
Parsian is managed by experienced restaurateur Joseph Eghbal. Proprietor Hussein Shojae is already a neighbor; he owns a handmade carpet shop on King Street.
Signature dishes include the Shish Kabob entree—skewered chunks of tenderloin with mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes and onions; the Parsian Special, a combination of marinated filet mignon and ground sirloin; and the Lamb Kabob. All entrees are served with basmati rice topped with saffron and a side of grilled tomatoes.
Specialty appetizers include Kashke-Bademjan—sauteed eggplant with grilled onions and garlic, and Koko-Sabzi, a vegetable souffle prepared with onions, parsley, cilantro and eggs. Try the doogh, a popular Iranian yogurt drink offered by the glass or pitcher. The house-made beverage includes dried mint, salt, and black pepper.
Eghbal, who has 18 years of restaurant management experience, describes Iranian food as a "mild cuisine". He says the kitchen's main focus is cooking naturally, with light seasonings that complement but don't disguise the real flavors of the meat.
The restaurant is working to secure a beer and wine license; Eghbal expects the license will be granted this month.
Parsian Restaurant offers delivery and catering service and boasts a second floor dining area (seats up to 50 people). Perfect for rentals. Reservations are accepted. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to midnight. Phone: 703-838-9090.