Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Rumi's Kitchen

6112 Roswell Rd. (Hilderbrand Dr.) Send to Phone
Cavernous yet seeming intimate, Rumi's Kitchen, offering Persian cuisine, has grown into an elegant establishment.

Cuisine
Open
Lunch & Dinner daily
Features

* Click here for rating key

Rumi's Kitchen, Atlanta, GA

Rumi's Kitchen Restaurant Review

: Chef/owner Ali Mesghali from Esfahan, Iran, founded Rumi’s Kitchen in 2007, then moved it in 2014 to a nearby new, larger and more elegant circumstance. During the day natural light streams in through a clerestory and curtained windows. Giant ficus trees thrive in clay pots and planters and contemporary art adorns the walls. The busy open kitchen is a hub of activity. Appetizers work best, especially the smoked eggplant in tomato and garlic (mirza ghasemi) and the Shirazi salad (diced bits of Persian cucumber, onion, parsley and tomato bound in a lemon vinaigrette). The lamb shank needed more seasoning, as did the Persian vegetable stew; based on butternut squash and potato, it lacked veggie variety. Classic sumac, a spice blend, is offered to enhance flavors to taste, and grilled onion, pickled vegetables and Rumi's yogurt round out the plates. Desserts made in-house include saffron pistachio ice cream; sorbet with rice noodles, rosewater, lemon and tart cherry; and a top-flight baklava. The extensive wine list supports the menu; Scharffenberger Brut Rosé makes an ideal palate-refreshing pairing with the food. Among the selections are a couple of four-figure budget-busters, but on the whole they are attractively priced. Rumi’s also makes its own sodas.



RESTAURANT AWARDS

GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.