In an effort to eat at all 3000 San Francisco restaurants and having been to over 500, my wife Linda and I recently had the pleasure to enjoy a special foodie experience with our great Persian friends Louise and Pete.
Maykadeh is a Persian name that means Tavern. The ancient feel of the restaurant provides an old world ambiance of Persian tradition and a thousand year history. Maykadeh is located near the famous North Beach section of San Francisco. Chef Adolfo and owner Mahmood have been satisfying sophisticated local and visitor palates for over 30 years. The delicate, healthy, tasty creations are a pleasure to experience.
We also enjoyed the Greek Salad with organic hearts of Romaine, cucumber, tomato, feta cheese and olives and Baba Ghanoush. The Baba is smoked roasted eggplant with garlic and Tahoni and was fabulous.
We decided to share these Persian pleasures and began our entree with Ghorme Sabzee which is a lamb shank cooked in finely chopped onion, leek, scallions, chives, herbs, dried lime on a Basmati rice crust that was tender and seasoned perfectly. It also paired very well with the VJB Cabernet we brought from a great winery in Sonoma.
The food kept coming as the next entrees were the Maykadeh thin slices of filet mignon and boneless chicken thigh kebabs marinated in lemon juice, onion and saffron with rice and seasoned with sumac. These were slowly cooked to "melt in your mouth and softly seasoned to perfection."
To complete this heavenly Persian food experience, we ordered Bastani (Persian Ice Cream) and Creme Caramel that would satisfy any sweet tooth junkie. To cap the evening, we all enjoyed a cup of steaming blended tea.
The true test of the competitive San Francisco restaurant experience is simply would you return again? The answer is a definite yes to Maykadeh as many have returned to this San Francisco foodie treasure for over 30 years and hopefully many, many more.
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