As a newcomer to Atlanta, I have a lot to discover. From ethnic restaurants to music festivals and everything in between, this city has it all. My first weekend here, I was greeted by the Atlanta Pride Festival and Parade. There was literally a parade in my front yard (aka Peachtree St.). It was awesome and a great way to kick off living in this incredibly diverse city. The following weekend I had a chance to check out Murphey Candler Park during a photo shoot and had lunch at Sufi’s, a Persian restaurant with a large vegetarian selection, which is always a plus for non-meat eaters such as myself.
Sufi’s is right next to a wildly popular, eclectic diner called R Thomas. In comparison, Sufi’s was totally empty, but much more upscale and not so hectic. After browsing the menu, I was glad I chose Sufi’s over R Thomas. The exotic menu was an instant turn on. I decided to sit outside since it was such a beautiful, sunny Sunday. Unlike their next-door neighbors, Sufi’s outdoor seating was open and spacious and the slight breeze every now and then was much appreciated.
The service when I sat down was quick, but after ordering my water and telling the waitress I needed more time to decide, it took the her about 15 minutes to come back. I settled on “Sufi’s Special,” which was described as “spicy sautéed eggplant, onion, garlic, chick peas and spicy tomato sauce.” My food arrived at the table about ten minutes later, accompanied by the bread (which was a dead ringer for pita) that I later found out was supposed to be served as a starter. It worked out since I ate my meal with the bread, but it would have been nice to have the “traditional Persian” bread before my meal since I was hungry.
Sufi’s Special was a spicy indeed, but I really liked it. The mix of flavors was well balanced and the chickpeas were cooked to perfection. Although, I’m not sure I would have liked it without the bread. Overall, I found the food to be tasty, the service to be lacking and the ambiance to be boring and lifeless. But it was a Sunday afternoon, after all.If you’re looking for a nice, clean spot to relax and have some conversation, Sufi’s is your place. But if you’re looking for a lively, fun atmosphere, you’re better off walking next door to R Thomas. In fact, next time I think I’ll go to R Thomas.
Have you ever been to Sufi’s? What was your opinion of the restaurant?
[images via sufisatlanta.com]