Redmond >Food & Dining > Alborz
8461 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA | Directions 9805247.678089 -122.121612
Pricy and tasteless food – i was there for my valentine's day. I ordered a typical valentine dinner with starter and dessert. The entry was lab shack and chicken kabob. The lamb thigh is the cheapest part of the lamb because I remembered Emil from food network mentioned it, and very over cooked that it does not have any flavor anymore. The chicken kabob is chewy and dry.
Then there is dessert. It tasts yucky. what a waste of money, the bill was $95 and we were still hungry afteward.
WORST FOOD, WORST SERVICE, MOST EXPENSVE BILL – We paid $60 for two main courses, and 6 cloves of so called garlic pickle.
It was dry, tasteless pretentious Persian fare.
Restaurant was empty, and it will deserve to close its shutters down.
It does no justice to delicate and aromatic Persian cuisine!
Worst Service! – We wanted to support a locally owned restaurant so we randomly decied to try Alborz. Even though the place was completely empty, except for one family with a crying baby, the waitress tried to sit us in a small table in the back. We constantly had to keep asking for more water and twice had to get up to get the waitresses attention. Signiture salad was disappointing and WAY over priced. The food was good though, but the service terrible. I hope the owner reads these comments and make changes!
ORDER FAMILY STYLE.. IT WILL COST YOU!!!!!! – We have been to many Persian restaurants in the Seattle area but never have been so taken advantage of on price gouching. How can an owner of the restaurant act as if she was saving the customer money by having us order family style rather than individual dishes. Generally, large parties orders family style dishes to save cost on their meal. How is someone supposed to prove by ordering family style dishes how much food was actually given. The owner did not explain to us exactly how much food was going to be served. Just by looking at the price per dish we had assumed that it would come out to be cheaper going this way. Keep in mind that the individual dishes are priced between $10-$25. This is one place where you do not want to order any type of family style dishes because you will be had. Also if you have parties of 8 or more, the owner will charge your party a mandatory %25 tip in which she will also tax you on. So if you go here and order family style make sure you have a pen and paper to make sure you got charged for the right amount of food. And make sure you have a high credit card limit to pay up.... NOT WORTH ANOTHER TRIP.. SAVE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!
Gouged big time!!! – Made reservervations for a group. Avg. menu dinner item was apprx $10-25. We asked if we should order indiv. or family style and waitress (also owner) suggested family style would be cost us less.
So we trusted her.
We all ate and then received our bill. The bill came to almost $1200.00!!! STICKER SHOCK! (which included an automatic 25% gratuity! Our food bill and 3 bottles of wine ($90 total) came to over $850.00and tip at almost $300. How can a group of 22 people (14 were kids, many under the age of 10yrs) eat that much food? Owner basically gouged us with her "family style" dishes. If we were to have ordered individual dishes, our total bill would've been about half! She(owner) said it would be less if we ordered family style but she used that tactic to gouge us!
We have been to other Persian restaurants in Seattle. We ate less here than the other Persian restaurant and got charged more than double the price. Our usual bill at the "other Persian restaurant with just as many people is around $300-$400.
This is the worst restaurant I've ever been to. The feeling of having been had is terrible!! We told the owner that she basically charged us around $50 per person (even kids) for a meal that should've costed an adult around $25 at the most!
Sticker Shock – Me and my Husbant went there with a group of people. We all felt that the food wasn't very good and the prices are high.
Thinks too much of itself. – I agree with the reviewer who said that this restaurant is nothing compared to what is found in LA. The atmosphere is what you'd expect from a strip mall in a nothing neighborhood, but with a thin veneer of trying to be nice. I arrived when it was completely empty and was still seated in the back near the kitchen.
Dinner was fine, but for $15-$20/plate and a minimum $8/glass of wine, I expected more than just a slab of meat, some rice, and maybe a little salad. In an equivalent restaurant in LA it would be $7 and have more grilled veggies, and more food than one could eat in a single setting. Not sure I'll go back.
Stick to Kebabs – The New Zealand lamp (called Damavand on the menu) is excellent. But avoid Gheymeh Bademjoon (eggplant stew). It tasted like it was made with Ketchup instead of real tomatoes.
Editorial Review by Jena Vuylsteke – Wall paintings by the chef illustrate Persian traditions at this Eastside hideaway.
Pricey but not too shabby – My family and I visited Alborz for dinner right after it first opened. The hostess (chef's wife?) got our orders mixed up with another table and as the result we waited a very long time for our food to arrive. Snobs we are, we give restaurants only one chance, so we didn't go back. Then a friend invited me over to dinner there last year and I had a much better experience this time. Since then we've been regulars.
It is rather pricey, considering the location (a strip mall), seating arrangements that offer no privacy, and lack of draft beer (or even bottled beer) but nobody in town can do lamb kebab (calle Bandari/Damavand) and Chicken kebab (called Chicken Steak on dinner menu) as well as Alborz. I do not eat beef because of BSE (mad cow disease) concerns and the fact that injecting cattle with growth hormones and antibiotics is a routine practice in US but the lamb is from New Zealand and therefore unsullied. The lower-priced lunch chicken kebab (Joojeh kebab) is a complete disaster: dry and lacking marination. I can't make it why the chicken kebab from dinner menu tastes so much better; probably cutting corners with the lunch? The fish kebab on the menu is just unedible, smelling and tasting too fishy, even cat won't eat it! Other dishes are average and so is bread, nothing like the real thing in Iran. The vegetarain choices are poor and few, the king of Iranian appetizers (and a vegetarian dish), Mirza Ghasemi is missing from the menu.
Stick to the chicken kebab from dinner menu ($14.99) and lamb kebab ($22) and you won't be disappointed. Extra tomato is 50 cents. I don't think these two dishes are particularly expensive considering their quality but there is no execue for pricing a glass of dough (mint-flavoured yogurt refresher) at $4! One can get a much better dough (salted Lassi in Indian parlance) made from home-made yogurt (I doubt Alborz's is home-made) a block down the road at Preet's Indian Restaurant for $2 a glass! For $4, I get draft Mac & Jack!
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