Restaurant Shiraz Restaurant

804 Lancaster Ave.
Devon, PA 19333
Phone: (610) 964-8600

After being advertized in the yellow pages for over a year, the much awaited twin restaurants (see La Jonquille) have finally opened. According to sources, the restaurants are the brainchild of a Main Line neurosurgeon who apparently loves food. He has imported a genuine Persian chef from Tehran.

On a sunday drive, I decided to stop by and check out the menu. In the parking lot, we were greeted with a strong aroma of spices which was a good sign. Some confusion ensued about locating an entrance and when we finally located it, we entered a two-storey foyer with a stiff-upper-lip waiting behind a podium. Not a good sign. They were happy to give us a copy of the menu, while checking out my sunday attire in a very deliberate fashion. Took the menu and left thinking, SERIOUS ATTITUDE. And you thought Toscana was full of it.

Same doubts were confirmed when another friend approached the place for lunch. They were told about the dress code at the podium and promptly made their exit without a feeding.

So, a feed at this place will probably elude us forever, but for the loaded pinstripes, we can summarize their menu:

The dishes are definitely Persian and sound (and smell) really authentic. In the lunch menu, entrees range from $10 (Sundovige-e Joojeh, marinated chicken on lavash bread with vegetables) to $16 (yikes!!) for Sabzi Polo ba Mahee, green onions, herbs & garlic, basmati rice served with sauteed salmon. In the dinner menu entrees range from $19 to $28 (for the same salmon dish), appetizers from $4 to $9 (not counting the $40 helping of caviar). Bottle of 33-oz mineral water at $6.

So it goes. It appears to be a place by and for neurosurgeons, and perhaps their lawyers. Designed to keep those interns out.

If you want REAL DOWN HOME PERSIAN food at reasonable prices and great friendly atmosphere, we highly recommend Lafayette Hill's long standing favorite, Persian Grill. [DK, 12/1/99]

And, if you are ever in Washington D.C. and get that Persian craving, check out Moby Dick in Bethesda. This is the REAL DEAL!

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Created December 1, 1999
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