If you’ve ever had a hankerin’ for some ghourmeh sabzi, maust’ khiar, kashk-e-bademjan, and fesenjon, and let’s face it who hasn’t, then you owe it to yourself to get over east Flamingo way, and drop in on the Persian purveyors of primo polo (basmati rice) at Royal Persis.
We found the fesenjon (walnut chicken stew) too sweet, due to a surfeit of pomegranate molasses, but the lamb shank it a flat out bargain at eighteen bucks, and the bagali polo (with saffron, dill and lima beans) was so good we could’ve spent our meal just shoveling it into our pie hole.
The toasted pita bread is a plus, as is the dark, deep flavors within the aforementioned gourmeh sabzi (pictured) — a beef stew of vegetables, dried limes, and special seasonings. It looks green in the photo above but was black as coal to our eyes the night we ate it. It has a tart-yet-funky essence that may be an acquired taste to some, but we couldn’t get enough. For $13 it gives you a nice sense of the exotic seasonings that go into this under-appreciated cuisine.
This place is so popular with Iranian-expats and Persian-Americans alike, so you might feel like foreigner when you first walk in. But then you’ll get a warm welcome from their staff, and once you notice the portraits on the walls of those famous Persian-Americans: Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Ray Charles(?), you’ll feel right at home.
The reason our tasty snaps are not so tasty is because the soups and stews of Persian food don’t exactly photograph as anything more than piles of mush. That doesn’t mean they’re not mighty tasty, though, and as you can see, we made short work of the lamb shank. Our non-alcoholic dinner for two came to $56 including a twelve dollar tip.
2790 East Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89121-5253