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My Iranian friend was ecstatic when Lotus opened its doors. She raved particularly over the fesenjoon: chicken bathed in a dark, complex, and fruity pomegranate sauce. For her, it was comfort food; for me, it was an adventure. Dinner starts with complimentary Iranian naan served with freshly plucked herbs. Saffron abounds, as does sumac, a pucker-inducing spice that’s offered as a condiment. We loved the sculpted smoked eggplant as well as Lotus’ royal saltani kebab—skewers of lamb tenderloin and spicy ground beef. It’s pricey, but the meats here are halal and high quality. And the simple dining room has a soothing white decor with a wondrous blown glass installation. Lunch and dinner Tues.–Sun.
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