Quick Friday lunch, leaving Daughter & her 3 boys at home. Sister-in-law suggested Persian, so we headed into Walnut Creek and found Bijan Restaurant 1. Service was slow, slow, slow (the place was understaffed, it appeared) ranging from C to B-, but helpful and friendly when the waiter finally had time to show up.
Started with a delightful, hot, fired hot bread and an assortment of dips/wraps, including cilantro leaves, fresh onion, goat cheese, and olives. A separate plate of mushed eggplant. Great stuff!
Accompaniment was a bottle of 2006 Wente Reisling from their Arroyo Seco vineyards down in Monterey County. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but perhaps I shall learn. Perfect wine for a sunny lunch with Mediterranean food.
Two kabobs, beef and chicken, with saffron rice and lima beans, and a further combination of dipping goodies, made up the lunch. Good choices, all.
Food A, ambiance E (knotty pine indicates an earlier incarnation for the building). We shall return.