Sufi's is one of those places where the decor is lovely, the ambience is great, the food is nice... but the lighting is too dark to take good pictures. Not that big a deal, right?
Can't seem to be able to write much today, so I'll say it in bullet points!
- Fabulous, I repeat, fabulous pita breads. So soft that they are like the Indian naans, flecked with black sesame seeds, I could make a meal of these. Actually, I did so the next day! Now that I think about it, these were made of white flour and there's a probability that egg was incorporated into the dough. Not sure, though.
- Not many vegetarian items on the menu. A couple of visits and I would have sampled every vegetarian dish served.
- I think all the appetizers contain eggplant. So if that is your hated vegetable, you will probably need to skip to the entrees.
- How could I forget the platter of nuts-cheese-herbs-butter?!! You can see it above. Along with the pita breads, they bring you a small plate containing walnuts, rounds of feta cheese, a couple of slabs of butter, fresh basil (and another herb that I couldn't identify). I suppose you load the bread with these tidbits. Very very very nice.
- Our appetizers' order got a little messed up, I think. Or so I thought. Anyway, we got Hummus, Mast Kheyar and the Sufi's Special. P thought that the hummus was strictly okay - I thought it was pretty nice. Sufi's Special featured spicy sautéed eggplant, onion, garlic, and chick peas in a spicy tomato sauce. It was nice, although a little spicy for my palate, and tasted much like the Indian baingan bharta. Mast Kheyar is a dish of beaten yogurt with chopped cucumber and herbs. Raita, anyone?
- Our server got us a bowl of smooth beaten yogurt. We didn't order it and so I don't know where that came from.
- For the entrees, I got a bowl of Ash Joe soup and P got a platter of Vegetable Kabobs. P adored the soup; it contains barley, lentils and red beans, topped with herbs, chopped mint (didn't get that flavor, though), caramelized onions (YUM!) and whey. P liked it so much that he started thinking about how we could recreate it at home.
- The Vegetable Kabobs featured seasonal vegetables (zucchini, squash, peppers, mushrooms, onions), marinated and cooked over an open flame. That was a nice dish, all the vegetables retaining their crunch, dark grill marks along side. The basmati rice was very nicely done too.
- There was no dessert menu but tons of options! Wish I remembered some of them... anyway, I think we ordered rose-flavored Persian ice cream. It came with chopped pistachios and other nuts, reminded me of the Kaju Draksh flavor from Natural's Ice creams.
1814 Peachtree Street
Atlanta GA 30309