|A closeup of the Shrimp Kabab with grilled vegetables and yogurt, the one disappointing dish we tried on Saturday evening.|
|Basmati rice with sweet and sour cherries and grilled chicken is served on a long, rectangular platter.|
|Lamb shank with basmati rice and fava beans.|
After visiting Newark's Branch Brook Park on Saturday to see the glorious cherry blossom trees and a profusion of tulips, it seemed natural to stop for dinner at a new restaurant named Rose.
Food businesses on this block of Teaneck Road in Teaneck, between Forest Avenue and Route 4, have come and gone in recent years.
Honey, a Persian restaurant, and a small Korean cafe opened, served a lot of good food, then closed. The Korean place was replaced by a deli.
Not long ago, Coffeecol, a Colombian arepa bar and grill, took over the storefront of Jamaica Grill, which moved into a smaller space.
There are a few free parking spaces in front of Coffeecol, so you can stop and get a takeout espresso in a small cardboard cup ($1.50), if you're feeling a little drowsy in mid-afternoon, as I did the other day before driving into the city.
Rose Persian Restaurant was opened by a chef who owned restaurants in Iran, the waiter told us.
|Olives and yogurt with cucumbers, above, and warm pocket bread, below, are complimentary.|
|The Shirazi Salad of diced cucumber, tomato and onion is familiar to anyone who has eaten in a Middle Eastern or Turkish restaurant.|
We started our meal with terrific soups, a thick Lentil Soup with chopped carrot, potato, onion and celery, and an unsual Chicken Soup with milk and lemon juice ($4 each).
Three of us then shared a diced cucumber and tomato salad with dried mint ($5).
|Chicken Soup contained pieces of chicken.|
The restaurant offers three vegetarian dishes and two seafood dishes for non-meat eaters, so I chose the Shrimp Kabab ($17), and asked for vegetables in place of rice or potatoes.
The half-dozen shrimp were small, and salt was added with a heavy hand.
The shrimp and the crunchy vegetables also showed black specks, and had a strong, unpleasant taste from the gas grill.
|The thick Lentil Soup is delightful.|
My wife and mother-in-law did a lot better with Albaloo Polo with Chicken and Baghali Polo with Lamb Shank from the Gourmet Rice section of the menu ($15 each).
They loved the juicy chicken and tender lamb, and the basmati rice with fresh fava beans or sweet and sour cherries, and they took home leftovers.
I ended my meal with strong, brewed Persian tea and a free refill ($2).
Rose Persian Restaurant is not to be confused with two Rose's Lebanese Restaurants in Englewood and Fair Lawn.
Rose Persian Restaurant, Kabab House & Catering, 1150 Teaneck Road, Teaneck; 201-569-3600.
BYO, small parking lot in rear, no American Express cards. Web site:
A garden of Persian delights