Sunday, September 22, 2013

Bijan Persian Grill- Houston's Best Persian restaurant?

Restaurant- Bijan Persian Grill
5922 Hillcroft Avenue Houston, Texas 77036
Buffer or a-la-carte? a-la-carte
Date of visit: 9/21/13

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UPDATE 8/13/16:

I've been back here on several occasions and the food has never disappointed. They now have a patio where people can smoke hookah. Thankfully, the smoking is not in the restaurant part. I've primarily ordered the mix koobideh combo and the Bijan special. They're both delicious and filling.

Salam/hello guys! Today I will be reviewing Bijan Persian Grill, which is located in the strip mall at the intersection of US 59 and Hillcroft avenue. It even has a second location in Sugar Land, which opened up a few months ago. It is actually popular among Houstonians. Every time I would drive on Hillcroft, I would see this place packed day and night I've even seen really rich people with their Lamborghinis and Bentleys come and eat at the restaurant. I always thought about trying it, but the parking lot was so full that it was impossible for me to eat. Also, the turning into the restaurant from Hillcroft was so bad that I thought of not going. There were no turning lanes and there was a really high risk of getting hit by an oncoming car. Nevertheless, I actually decided to try this place out. Like almost every week so far in September, I went from UH after finishing my chemistry lab.

Let the Experience Begin!
I arrived at the restaurant a few seconds after I was stuck for 5 minutes on the turning on a jam-packed Hillcroft Avenue. Stepping into Bijan, the first thing that happened was the waitress noticing me and escorting me to a table. She then handed the menu and went off to serve another table. She was however very nice! She smiled, and she let me take my time to decide what to order. She was very attentive and she made sure that I was happy. There was patio seating available, but it was covered because of the torrential rain that has been around Houston for the past 48 hours. There were at least 3 TVs in the restaurant, and they were all showing football (soccer) games. The ambiance was very nice. There were people talking and a Farsi radio station playing in the restaurant. After around 3 minutes, I was ready to order.

Let's Eat!
I ordered the shishleik, which is chunks of filet mignon served with traditional Persian rice, onions, fried tomatoes and onions, onion salad, and , interestingly, butter. Yes, filet mignon. Yes, it is one of the most expensive cuts of beef. Yes it is normally found at high end restaurants. However, the price was amazing: $17.32 (tax included). In normal restaurants, filet mignon ranges from $20 to as much as $100!! To drink, I got a glass of water. Also, while waiting for the food, the waitress gave me traditional Persian bread and feta cheese salad to eat! Definitely rare in other restaurants today! The waiting time was great: 9 minutes and 47 seconds.

Menu: The menu can be found here -->

Persian bread with feta cheese and mint leaves

Shishleik with rice, vegetables, butter with water

The Verdict:
The wait for trying filet mignon was finally over, and after taking the first bite of the filet mignon, the waiting was absolutely worth it. No wonder everyone says that filet mignon is the most tender part of beef. I have tried nearly every cut of beef, from sirloin to shank to ribs to brisket, but filet mignon is now my favorite cut of beef. Halal filet mignon is really rare around Houston, but I will definitely cherish it whenever I find out of other places with it. The rice was great, and so were the vegetables. The bread and feta cheese were an amazing combination. In fact, it was so good that I asked for seconds on the same thing. I did not eat the mint leaves as I am not a fan of mint leaves. Overall, two thumbs up for this amazing meal!

If you want to try out some authentic Persian food, then Bijan Persian Grill is a great place for you to come, especially if you want to try out something you rarely find like filet mignon. There are also other rare items such as quail (baby birds) and shank. Some people say that Persian food is similar to Middle Eastern food because of the presence of kababs, rice, and bread, but that is not the case. Persian food has been around for a really long time as well, and their cooking styles and tastes are distinct from their Middle Eastern counterparts. It is definitely worth trying out and you will definitely enjoy your experience there.

Service: 10/10 (Friendly, attentive)
Food: 10/10 (Absolutely delicious)
Waiting time: (9 minutes and 47 seconds)
Total: 30/30 = 100% (A)
Pricing: $$ out of $$$$

Restaurant Information:
Bijan Persian Grill
5922 Hillcroft Avenue Houston, Texas 77036
Phone: (832) 242-1500
Timings: Mon-Thu & Sun: 11 AM - 10 PM; Fri-Sat: 11 AM - 11 PM
Caters: Yes
Party Hall and Delivery Available.

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Zain Mohammed

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