Shalizaar Restaurant Review, Belmont

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Shalizaar

300 El Camino Real

Belmont, CA 94002

650-596-9000

Shalizaar Website

Shalizaar Belmont Exterior decor

Shalizaar is a Persian Cuisine restaurant in Belmont. It moved here from a smaller location in San Mateo, which is now home to another decent restaurant: Tannourine. They specialize in Persian Kabobs and become immensely popular, leading to an expansion of the restaurant. Shalizaar has a large wood fired oven at one end of the dining room constantly making flat bread. Our last visit was in June 2016.

Shalizaar Belmont 7

You get warm flat bread, mint leaves, walnuts and feta cheese after you sit down, a nice touch. The flat bread is really really good!

Shalizaar Belmont Inside

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Decor, Vibe – Very fancy location with lots of expensive decor including a domed ceiling with a beautiful chandelier. They must make a lot of money. Big communal table in the front.

Families, couples, and bigger groups of all sorts of races were dining at Shalizaar.

Shalizaar Menu

Shalizaar Website menu

Shalizaar has a concise two-page menu with a variety of appetizers, meat dishes, and stew dishes. Prices are not cheap, but consistent with higher-end restaurants. Prices have risen about 10% over the last couple years.

Shalizaar Food Picks:

Shalizaar Belmont tah dig

Tah Dig ($9.95) Crispy Rice (not as crispy as say Korean stone pot Rice) with your choice of stew toppings was a good way to sample their student items. We chose Ghormeh Sabzi -Stewed beef, kidney beans, sautéed herbs, and spinach, and Fesenjan -Roasted chicken thighs, ground walnuts, and pomegranate juice. We preferred the beef stew to the chicken.  On another visit we got the Gheymeh bademjan – lean beef, chana dal beans, tomatoes sauce and egg plant.

Shalizaar Belmont combination kebab

Shalizaar Belmont Rice

Saffron Rice

Shalizaar, Special for Two ($48.95) A combination of three kabobs, joojeh (Cornish game hen), barreh (lamb filet), and koobideh (seasoned ground beef) served with saffron rice and tomatoes, made for two but it can easily feed 3 adults. We have also had this with the shrimp, which were small but above average.

The lamb filet was cooked to medium, it was still on the bone and very delicious. The game hen was tender and very juicy, cooked very well. The beef was formed from ground beef, so it was pretty soft and mushy, but flavorful, tasty, and a little greasy. Tomatoes were slightly burned, otherwise tasted fine. This dish is so meaty, it could have used a lot more in the way of vegetables. You are supposed to mash the meat into the saffron rice.

Shalizaar Shishlik ($52.95) is a Combination platter of game hen, lamb chops, and two ground beef.  Similar to the previous dish, but substituting in the lamb chops.  Highly recommended by the waiter.

Soltani ($26.95) is a combination of barg (filet mignon) and koobideh (ground beef)  Good stuff.

Barg ($22.95)  (filet mignon) consisted of patties of beef, thin and juicy. Also good stuff but not as great a value as the combo plate.

Shirin Polo ($15.95) – Sweet pistachio, almond, and orange peal rice with chicken thighs. A sweet rice dish that really wasn’t too sweet. A very tender long cooked piece of chicken accompanied this interesting dish.

Faloodeh ($4.50) Noodles mixed with crushed ice, rose water and sugar. An interesting dessert with bits of noodle on top of shaved ice.

Bastani ($4.50) Persian ice cream mixed with pistachios and saffron. A more traditional dessert with some smooth homemade ice cream.

Ferini ($4.50) – was a cardamom flavored rich pudding that hit the spot.

OK:

Shalizaar Belmont Kashkbademjan

Kashk-e-Bademjan ($6.95) Cooked pureed eggplant, topped with Kashk. (Kashk is a creamy sauce made of yogurt) and sauteed mint. A big place of it, good for dipping the bread into.

Shalizaar Belmont Dough

Dough ($2) is a yogurt mixed with club soda, mint, salt, and pepper drink. A fine rendition of an acquired taste. Foodies should try it at least once.

Pans:
None

Shalizaar’s service was fair and got worse as the place filled up. We had to literally get up and nail down the server to get the bill and clear the table. They need to add more servers and helpers. This trend continued in 2014, avoid this restaurant at peak times, come early or late.

If we were looking for Persian food, we would definitely have Shalizaar on our short list. The place gets packed during peak times, so make a reservation.

Also consider: Lavash in San Francisco and Paradise Kabab house in Redwood City.

Shalizaar Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Hours:11am - 10pm
Parking:Lot
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$10.95 - $41.95

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2 Comments

  • Tannourine Restaurant, San Mateo | Foodnut.com
    November 29, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    […] a great deal and the food decent, making it an easy choice if you are nearby. We feel the food at Shalizar in Belmont is superior, but the prices reflect that. Short wine list with glasses from $5, bottles […]

  • Lavash Restaurant, San Francisco | Foodnut.com
    May 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

    […] healthy. Food quality was high, allowing us to still recommend this place. This place reminds us of Shalizaar, a high-quality Persian restaurant on the Peninsula. Limited wine list with bottles from $18, […]

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Shalizaar

300 El Camino Real

Belmont, CA 94002

650-596-9000

Shalizaar Website

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Shalizaar Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Hours:11am - 10pm
Parking:Lot
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$10.95 - $41.95