Persian House Restaurant
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- Downtown Portland, Neighbors West-Northwest
- French Restaurants, Caterers, Mediterranean Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Parking: Garage, Street
Bike Parking: Yes
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
12/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I am new to Persian foods and the food at the Persian house is amazing. I never used to like eggplant but Nazkhatun appetizer is downright delicious. I have tried the Lamb Shank and it is fall off the bone goodness. I have been back and had the Salmon Fessenjan is a perfectly cooked salmon fillet with a pomegranate sauce that is a wonderful compliment to the fish. The saffron rice is some of the best rice I have ever had, the dill rice won't disappoint. I had their Baklava, a very tasty desert.
The family run staff are very nice. The location is really close to a Max Line stop.
It is truly nice to experience a bit of Iran in Portland, OR.
I am not usually excited about Mediterranean food, but the Persian House is a wonderful treat with its richly flavorful dishes. Never has eggplant been so delicious as in their naz khatun ? my pita bread wipes the plate clean every time. The lentil soup is also the best in town. What a treat to have such a unique family-run restaurant, where I can experience flavors and culture from Iran right here in downtown Portland, Oregon.
I've eaten Persian food in LA, Seattle and Portland. I'm happy I live here because the Persian House is my favorite Mediterranean restaurant. The naz khatun (sp) and hummus are excellent. I am not an eggplant fan, but would eat it here any time. As for people who say the food is bland, I'm surprised. The ghormeh sabzi (herbal stew) and lentil soup is delicious. Persian food (and other Mediterranean food) may not have all the hot spices that some are accustomed to, but that makes the in depth flavors all the better. Highly recommended.
05/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I had been here once a year ago and remembered the food being great, which it mostly is, having sampled several dishes last night with friends. However, the portions were painfully small on the 4 seasons appetizer, which consists of baba ganouj, hummus, dolmas, and taboulleh. Our host and waitress were both very attentive and helpful recommending items on the menu. Everything was very tasty, except I agree with most posts here on the rice; that was not very compelling. With vegetarian entrees at $14 each, I expect a pretty stellar dish. I love the atmosphere and that this is family owned, but the price for the quantity in the end is not totally balanced by quality in my opinion. I like it, but the price and portions won't have me coming back often.
03/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have to say after reading some of the reviews I am pretty shocked that people do not like the persian house. It was the first place I ever tried mediterranean food and my first time was amazing! Granted, each time I have been back I have ordered the same dish (nargesi), which is wonderful, so I really can't say much about there food as a whole. The pomegranet chicken that my roommate ordered was also delicious, but a little bland. I also went with a co-worker and she got a different type of chicken that didn't have much flavor to it at all. All in all, the people are nice and the resturant is quiet and quaint. For the price and location it doesn't get much better.
03/01/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The menu and staff (family:-) are wondeful. The leg of lamb is out of this world fantastic. Yummy Persian tea too. I'm gluten, potato and soy intolerant and can choose from many items on the menu. The staff is very helpful making sure I order per my dietary restrictions. Oh and the sour cherry chicken, pomegranate sauce, and more. I hope to be going back soon.
02/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Whoever thinks this place serves good Persian food must have never eaten out in their life or has never had good Persian food. People in Portland are fooled by this place! This isn't Persian food. Persian food isn't watered down, made of tasteless tomato sauces! I went there for their lunch buffet and the only meat they had was chicken thighs with skin and lamb meatballs that tasted like Chef Boyardee. I came from a city there buffets had barg, koubideh, grilled chicken, the most elaborate salad bar with grape leaves, hummus, taboulei, olives. There was rice that was actually made of SAFFRON...not yellow food coloring. Seriously, who does that? That's just cheating! You pay $9 for a buffet and you expect to have some rice that at least has a strand of saffron. There was NOOO one inside for lunch when we went around 12:30 p.m.!!! This place didn't even offer tea and dessert! It's $9 for lunch...RIP OFF!
01/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We just moved to portland a year ago! This restaurant was recommended to us by several of our friends. We are now addicted to their delicious food and have become regulars. In my opinion you rarely find a restaurant that has it all, fresh quality food, outstanding service, and warm ambiance. There's a reason they have been around so long. Because my wife and I are in the health field it is very important to us the kinds of food we put into our bodies. We never knew persian cuisine was so healthy! My wife is vegetarian and I'm not, so there menu works for the both of us! Try it. It will not disappoint. Enjoy!
11/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This was my first time having Persian food and I anticipated something tasty, because the door had so many Willamette Weekly and Oregonian awards. However, what I got was the biggest let down ever.
The service was INCREDIBLY slow, as in my friend and I received water refills once ever 20 minutes and had to wait an hour for microwaved saffron rice and some chicken with sauce. I would have been more understanding, had the food been fantastic, but it was very dry, bland and stale. Even the pita, which was supposed to tide us over for that godforsaken hour was thin, hard and tasted like it'd been bought from Safeway several weeks earlier.
I ordered a simple side of saffron rice because I wasn't particularly hungry [my friend was, and I offered to go along in the hope of discovering a decent restaurant to go to] and my friend ordered the same, but with some kind of pomegranate/walnut sauce. Simple, and what should have been delicious. However, it was the most unappealing dish I've had in a long time. The rice itself tasted like nothing, was dry and had no enjoyable qualities. I could tell they'd microwaved it, because had it been made fresh, it would have been steaming and at least sort of soft. Instead, it was coarse, hard and not worth the six dollars it costed.
If you're looking for good Persian food, or good food at all, don't go to Persian House. Between the service, shoddy food and constant rumbling of the passing MAX, it's not worth it.