Posh Persian palace set to open on Post Oak with kabobs galore
An Atlanta-based restaurant known for its posh Persian fare arrives in Houston this month. Rumi’s Kitchen will open Monday, October 16.
Located in the Post Oak Place next to Uchiko and Zadok Jewelers, Rumi’s Kitchen offers a luxurious environment and a menu of elevated dishes inspired by classic Persian fare. Its roots go back almost 20 years, when chef and co-owner Ali Mesghali combined the techniques he learned working in Persian restaurant in Los Angeles with a stylish design and elevated service. In partnership with co-owner Stephen Kaplan, Rumi’s has expanded to three locations in Atlanta and a restaurant in Washington, D.C.
“Houston has long been on our radar for growth given its celebrated diversity and incredible food scene,” Mesghali said in a statement. “We feel so fortunate to have met the Zadok family, who introduced us to stunning Post Oak Place and the Uptown district, which is not only home to a sizable international community, but also draws visitors from around the world for business and pleasure.”
The 5,500-square-foot, 170 seat restaurant features an open kitchen, photographs by Iranian artist Shadi Ghadirian, and custom light fixtures inspired by a whirling dervish, according to a release. A private dining room seats 40.
Meals at Rumi’s begin with dishes such as lamb ribs, lahmacun (a flatbread), kibbeh nayyeh (lamb tartare), and falafel. Diners will find four kinds of hummus, including versions topped with smoked salmon and another with roasted mushrooms.
Entree choices include a wide array of kabobs — including one made with American wagyu zabuton, as well as filet mignon, lamb, chicken, or shrimp — along with Duck Fesenjoon (brained duck with pomegranate stew), braised lamb shank, rack of lamb. Three-bone short rib with pomegranate glaze is designed to feed three or four people. Chicken, lamb, beef stews, and the beef koobideh dishes are halal, according to a representative.
They’re paired with Persian-inspired cocktails such as the Sabzi Tonica. The wine list include a deep selection of legendary Lebanese winery Chateau Musar. Expect happy hour specials with classic cocktails and a dedicated food menu.
The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30 am on weekdays and noon on weekends. It’s located at 1801 Post Oak Blvd.