Saffron infused Gin, Velvet Falernum, Chili Tonic, Salt
Mung Bean Soup with Red Chili Mascarpone Cream, Kachumber on Papri
Barbari Bread, Butter
Indian spiced New York Strip Steak on Curried Mashed Potatoes with House Chips
Citrus Thyme Salmon on a bed of Barley Risotto with Citrus Oil
Mango Cardamom Eggnog
Double Chocolate Brownie Cake with Triple Berry Compote and Cocoa Whip
While most savvy diners acknowledge that dining out on Valentine’s Day is foolish it was along with the lady that early reservations were made at Shiraz Restaurant, musician Christopher Williams appearing alongside a special Indian Bistro Menu from Chef Jainine Jaffer.
Located at 2575 South Decatur Boulevard and particularly polished for the special evening, a first service at 5:00pm plus another at 8:00pm each beginning with greetings by owner Raja at the hostess podium, it was after confirmation of reservations that each couple was led to their own table, many allotted comfortable four-tops lining the center with full view of the stage up front.
Arriving early enough to catch a bit of soundcheck, Williams as well as his backup singers in good spirits and even helping hold doors for guests, it was after a visit from Mixologist Jozef Letasi that dinner got started, a handcrafted blend of Saffron-infused Gin and Velvet Falernum with a bit of heat pleasing the lady while complimentary bottled Water was preferred to begin across the way.
Served in three courses, the first a duo of Canapes, it was beneath Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Onions that crisp Papri awoke the palate, each bite fresh and best enjoyed before and after a shot of Mung Bean Soup with a dollop of Mascarpone that gave the dish a consistency not dissimilar to that of Cappuccino.
Enjoying housemade Barbari Bread along with dinner, a bold glass of Cabernet selected by Mr. Majid paired to Entrees, it was between Salmon or Steak that guests were next asked to make a choice, the former moist and flaky with light Citrus playing well off springy Barley while New York Strip brushed with a Spice mix performed even better atop pureed Potatoes with plenty of Butter and Curry.
Just the right portions to leave diners sated but not stuffed, though a la carte options from Shiraz’s menu were surprisingly also available for walk-ins, it was alongside special Eggnog made by Jozef that Dessert was shared, Chocolate Brownie cubes with Berries and Whip not particularly Indian but decadent and delicious while Pistachio Kulfi came later as music played offering bright notes of Cardamom and Saffron suspended in a velvety base.
N/A: Not representative of Shiraz’s typical offerings the Valentine’s Day menu from Jainine Jaffer was nonetheless delicious, and between Mr. Letasi’s Drinks and Raja’s front of house it remains a mystery as to why Shiraz has not yet become a destination Restaurant for those seeking Indian or Persian Cuisine.
TIP: See Shiraz’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShirazLasVegas for an upcoming list of events or stop by Saturday nights for live music, bites and drinks in the lounge. For catering, Email the Restaurant directly or take a look at EZCater for added convenience.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.