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MIRAGE PERSIAN CUISINE

February 7, 2012

By Julie Paulk

The award-winning Mirage Persian Cuisine on Roswell Rd. is proud to be the oldest Persian restaurant in Atlanta. They treat their customers to fresh flowers, exciting Persian music, significant art on the walls, complimentary bread and appetizer, warm and inviting servers, innovative specialty menu items and so much more.

The restaurant caters to customers’ needs, be it gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian or my own requirement for the food to be onion free. In response to customer requests, a majority of the appetizers are vegetarian. Bread is made to order with sesame and onion seeds and is served warm at your table. Mirage prides themselves on strictly fresh ingredients including herbs grown on right there on the patio – the patio which was named as one of the best restaurant patios in Atlanta.

Their Beef Shiskabob made beef tenderloin was very moist and was served with the citricy and sweet Shirin Polo rice – Wedding rice served at all Persian weddings. Shirin Polo is the perfect combination of almonds, pistachios, candied orange peels, barbaries, shredded carrots, raisins, sapphron and rose water. It was easy to understand why it is such a staple in the Persian culture.

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Mirage Persian Cuisine does not hold back when it comes to fine ingredients such as rose water or saffron. The presentation of each dish was done to perfection and the Persian music actually made me want to dance. I was at the restaurant during the lunch crowd and you could hear laughter from nearly every table, be it families or business men in suits.

While at Mirage, I experienced the most unique and tasty crème brulee I have ever had. It was pomegranate crème brulee. It’s not your typical sweet crème brulee but rather the tangy taste of the famous pomegranate with the right amount of sweetness to it, making it truly addictive. This was an incredibly smart creation by co-owner Mehran Mikail. I couldn’t get enough and will happily go back just to get dessert!

Mirage opened its doors in Sandy Springs 15 years ago as this is where a majority of the Persian community and Atlanta Jewish community reside. After 15 years, these two cultures still make up a large percentage of the restaurants patrons.

At Mirage, you can feast on daily specials not typically found in other Persian restaurants.

Artichoke & beef stew, Abgoosht (a lamb shank stew that is traditionally a rustic peasant dish in Iran), home made falafels, and lamb & pistachi meatballs are some examples. Their Abgoosht was so tender I didn’t need a knife to cut the lamb shank.

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It’s no wonder they were chosen as a top 10 vegetarian restaurant by Gayot or chosen as the Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Atlanta by readers of the Atlanta Jewish Times.

Mirage Persian Cuisine caters parties, corporate events, weddings and even has its own party facility in the restaurant. The covered patio offers patrons the opportunity to experience 11 fun flavors of the molasses and tobacco Hookah.

Stop by and try one of their most popular appetizers, Kashko Bademjoon (eggplant and whey dip), homemade hummus, or Spicy Lamb & pistachio meatballs when they offer it as special. Then, watch your mouth salivate over the Lamb kebab, Koubideh (groun beef kebab), and Abgoosht (lamb shank stew.)  You would regret leaving without trying their most desired desserts, the Persian pistachio & saffron ice cream or their homemade creme brulee.

Mirage is offering a coupon for 15% off  the total bill, excluding alcohol (it is illegal to discount alcohol in Georgia) to all our readers. While there, make sure you meet owner Farah Arjmand or the genius behind so much of the menu, Mehran Mikail.

Visit them online at www.miragepersiancuisine.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PersianRestaurant.

Sandy Springs Toyota is located at 6475 Roswell Rd 1 1/2 miles outside 285. Sandy Springs Toyota serves Atlanta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Marietta, Roswell, Duluth, Decatur, Chamblee, Lithonia, Acworth and Sandy Springs.
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