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Ethnic dining roundup: Rumi’s Kitchen, Tokyo Shokudo

Here is a quick round-up of some recent dining excursions.

Rumi’s Kitchen

I finally got around to visiting this attractive Persian restaurant, which is probably one of the fancier ones off the Roswell Road corridor.

Kashk bademjoon

Kashk bademjoon

Monsieur Kessler favorably wrote Rumi’s up during his “30 restaurants in 30 days” series, and I certainly can see why. The complimentary taftoun bread — grainy to the touch — is addictive as he described, and ditto the puckery kashk bademjoon (eggplant dip, pictured to the left).

You will also get a serving of fresh herbs, radishes, butter and nobs of cheese that are fun to dip, swab and snack on while watching the kitchen quickly bake taftoun in a brick oven visible from the main dining room.

Rumi’s Kitchen, 6152 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-477-2100.

Spicy lamb and summery noodles from Gu’s Bistro

Cumin lamb and tofu cucumber sesame noodles

Cumin lamb and tofu cucumber sesame noodles

I recently revisited the wonderful Gu’s Bistro, which I haven’t since my review/dim sum experience of it, and it was delicious as ever. I ordered the tender, melt-in-your-mouth cumin lamb, which may overwhelm some with cumin and chile pepper. But try offsetting its heat and strong flavors with the steamed white rice it comes with.

I also sampled Gu’s summery tofu noodles with cucumbers. This appetizer is served cold and mildly seasoned with sesame oil and salt. Cool slivers of fresh, crunchy cucumbers are mixed with chewy tofu noodles.

Gu’s Bistro, 5750-A Buford Highway, Doraville. 770-451-8118.

Bento box and a yummy batch of tempura

Lunch bento and tempura

Lunch bento and tempura

Kessler nudged me towards Duluth’s Tokyo Shokudo, a fun little Japanese restaurant that opened earlier this year. I have sampled a lot here from compact little bento boxes offered at lunch, to an onslaught of savory snacks (goes well with imported draft Asahi beer) at dinnertime.

The fried outer batter on Shokudo’s tempura is not as caked-on as other places (which I prefer), and bonus points for the tempura’s amount of crunchy “crenulations.”

Tokyo Shokudo, 3631 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Duluth. 770-622-1116.

by Gene Lee, Food and More blog

5 comments Add your comment

Billy

September 11th, 2011
6:02 am

Thanks for the suggestion of Gu’s Bistro. It was wonderful. Went with your suggestions and I enjoyed my meal.

Bob from Accounttemps

September 12th, 2011
8:48 am

Rumi’s is very good, but they’re a “victim” of their own success — I can never get in!!

Edward

September 12th, 2011
10:37 am

Gu’s Bistro is certainly one of the best examples of delicious Sichuan cuisine in Atlanta, far superior to the over-hyped Peter Chang/Cheng restaurant-du-jour.

I sent the link to Rumi’s Kitchen to an Arabic friend who will soon be visiting me. His comment was that it looked good but, “those prices are ridiculous!”. He was offended that the name of Rumi was being used to (in his words) “steal money from people”. I doubt we will be visiting that restaurant.

Joe

September 13th, 2011
8:29 pm

Hi Gene,

I love Gu’s Bistro too! I eat there all he time. I think the photo you took might be tofu skin, but you may be right calling it tofu noodles. Keep up the good work, I love reading your blog!

Gene Lee

September 14th, 2011
9:09 am

@Joe – Indeed. I stated “noodles” to make a reference to its appearance. It is tofu skin though.