Omaha's only Persian restaurant, one of only a handful in the region, offers fine Middle Eastern dining. A small, intimate dining room dressed in ... More
Ahmad's Persian Cuisine
Omaha's only Persian restaurant, one of only a handful in the region, offers fine Middle Eastern dining. A small, intimate dining room dressed in bright blue walls and ornate tapestries and linens features wide windows that open to a street-side view of the Old Market . The outdoor patio offers one of the best alfresco dining rooms in the city. The Persian menu features chicken, seafood and lamb entrees, in addition to a wide range of kabob selections.
My hubby and I were in Omaha for job interviews. And we were staying in the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Omaha, not far from Old Market.
We went there to look for a place to eat supper. And I'm not one for trying new things, especially something as exotic as Persian. BUT something that night said sure why not.
I absolutely LOVE the dish Soltani, also known as The Sultan's Plate. It is by far the best thing I have ever eaten in my life. Hubby feels the same about his meal, Fessen Jun.
The night before we left, we had it again. And not disappointed what so ever. We plan on eating there every time we get back to Omaha.
We had our flight canceled, and it looked like we'd be in Omaha for several more days, and we had decided instantly that every night was going to be at Ahmads!!
Bad! Dirty silver and glasses, below average service and food was at best bad. For flat bread they substitute cold flour tortias. I've eaten in many persian resturants, including in the Middle East. This one is a disgrace.
I traveled from Florida to Omaha for this past weekend, and my dinner at Ahmad's was truly the highlight of my trip. I am a big fan of Persian and other similar foods, and was looking forward to trying this restaurant since I read about it online before my trip. I was in Omaha (staying downtown near the Old Market) from Friday - Sunday, and had dinner here on Saturday night at around 8pm. It is a very small restaurant, perhaps around a dozen tables, but that just added to the personal atmosphere. I had the Tehran Chicken, which ran $20. It was definitely worth it. I could have gone somewhere else and had dinner for cheaper, but the food and atmosphere was definitely worth the price. Ahmad was out in the dining room chatting with all of the patrons, and he ended up sitting down and talking / having dinner with me for probably 30 minutes or so. He was an *extraordinarily* pleasant person and provided great conversation and entertainment during dinner. Since I was in town by myself, he told me a bit about the area and gave my some suggestions on places to go for drinks after dinner. He involved his waiters in our conversations and even called a friend of his to find out what was going on that evening. Although I was by myself and 2000 miles from home, it was just like being at dinner with friends I had known for years. I had no problems whatsoever with this restaurant - my only regret is that it's located in Omaha, and not here in Daytona. If I am ever in that area again, this is definitely my first stop for food.
June 21, 2008
My boyfriend and I were excited to try Ahmed's Persian cuisine, as it is quite uncommon in the Midwest. Being half Persian myself and visiting temporarily from the West Coast, I had high expectations for authentic Persian cuisine. However, I found that Ahmed and his staff are portraying not only a false image of Persian cuisine, but the rather high prices and small atmosphere added to our distaste.
First, I was tipped off when the server brought us hot tea already sweetened. Persians always serve hot tea with a side of refined or cubed sugar. Secondly, we ordered eggplant dip as an appetizer. Yet, it seemed more like hummus and was served with some type of bread, very similar to tortillas—-not the typical flatbread called lavash. Finally, while our main dishes were decent, the rice was some kind of short-grain. Persians always use basmati rice, as it is the staple of a meal and requires significant preparation. On a side note, saffron is quite expensive and it is typically substituted with turmeric. Do not be surprised by this.
Again, while I was excited, I was also hesitant after reading the most recent review. Thus, I made sure our bill was correct. By no means am I an expert on Persian cooking, but I have consumed enough to know what Persian cuisine should be. So please be aware, Ahmed’s is not the real deal.
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