Colbeh Persian Kitchen and Bar Coupons and Deals
Scout Notes: Don't let the hip atmosphere and the dangerously delicious cocktail menu fool you: Colbeh is not in the business of peddling trendy "fusion" food. No sir, these are family recipes, and ones that have pretty ancient roots, too, thanks to the family who opened Colbeh on the Decatur Square back in May. It's a perfect mix of the old and the new: generations-old recipes that stay true to Persian tradition, inventive cocktails crafted with ingredients like saffron and Persian black tea, all served up in a space that looks handsomely modern, but feels cozy and warm enough to be someone's living room. Here, you're not just dining in a swanky spot: you're dining with the family, enjoying their own family recipes, photos, and hospitality just as you would in their living room. With flavors like saffron, walnuts, pomegranate, coriander, and more on the menu, Colbeh has brought a rich, fragrant mix of dishes to the Square in slow-cooked stews, seasoned meat skewers, aromatic rices, and other time-tested family recipes. As a relative newcomer to Middle Eastern cuisine, I could've easily spent an hour trying to decide which polo (rice) dish to pair with which skewer, but luckily for us rookies, the servers are there to guide you in the right direction (though, let's be honest, there really isn't a wrong way to go here). Sean, who runs the restaurant with his brother and father, pointed me toward the slow-cooked lamb shank, adas polo (saffron basmati rice with onions, lentils, and raisins), four hearty, traditional stews, and a Persian lentil soup that'll warm the coldest of cockles come wintertime. But the beauty of Colbeh's menu is the fact that it's made for tasting, trying, and discovering: mix-and-match kabobs, small starters worth sharing, a three-dish sampler platter served with the restaurant's fluffy homemade bread. And the bar is equally fun to explore. Decatur is a drinking town, and Colbeh keeps up with the Joneses, stocking a solid selection of rotating craft taps and crafting cocktails made to compliment the menu's heady flavors: think concoctions of saffron gin, cardamom syrup, bergamot, and pistachio syrup, to name a few. Spend a little time holed up at the bar with an elixir of saffron vodka, bergamot and lemon (that's the Crocus Sa-Tea-Vus) and a bowl of sweet, heady fesenjon stew, and you'll see why this cozy restaurant — whose name translates to "cabin" in English — feels more like a living room than a dining room. Menu Highlights: Lentil Eggplant Soup, $5 (cup) - $8 (bowl) Adas Polo, $6 Lamb Kabob, $8 Veggie Kabob, $6 Fesenjon Stew, $18 Lamb Shank, $18br> Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.
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