When we talk about European or Asian food, we refer to the cuisines from the countries in those regions. Quite similarly, Persian food covers countries such as Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and many others. While this type of cuisine is nothing new to Adelaide, Rumi Palace is one of the first of its kind in the Norwood area. I was also surprised that they had individual menus for each day of the week, although the take away menu looks a bit more comprehensive. The Friday menu was short and simple with 4 entrees and 8 mains on offer.
For a restaurant that’s part of a cinema complex, it’s actually well decked out. The patterned tiles, the low hanging light fittings, the dark timber furnishings and the suspended ceiling are some of the features of this restaurant. It’s not particularly large as it seats a few dozen people, and I wouldn’t say the location is great either.
For lunch, I ordered the Afghani Lamb Pilaf, which I was told would take 20 minutes to prepare. When it arrived, it was a bright and colourful, and pretty much what I expected. Underneath the firm grains of basmati rice was a tender and succulent lamb shoulder that was full of Middle Eastern flavours. The carrot, almonds and pistachio added a crunchy texture, while the sultanas provided natural sweetness.
The staff were friendly and the service was good. I did note that the table water took a lot longer to arrive than anticipated, in fact a good 15 minutes from the time of ordering. The atmosphere can be a bit vibrant, particularly if you’re sitting outside. The crowds of people walking in and out of the cinema can be quite noisy. If you’re coming here for lunch, it’s not particularly cheap with mains ranging between $17 to $25. The dish that I had was $25, which was a decent portion size and the quality was good, however, a bit more than what I want to pay for lunch.
With the sheer number of Italian cafes down The Parade, it’s nice to have something different for a change.
WHERE: Shop 9, 185 The Parade, Norwood