100 Very Best Restaurants: – Rumi’s Kitchen

Saffron-marinated chicken kabob and vegetable kabobs are accompanied by colorful rice dishes. Photograph courtesy Rumi’s Kitchen.

About Rumi’s Kitchen

640 L St NW
Washington, DC 20001

At this slick, moodily lit Mount Vernon Square dining room—a spin-off of the Atlanta original—Persian cooking gets an elegant cast. Feast on fragrant rice piled with spicy, juicy slices of sirloin; green olives slathered in a pomegranate-­walnut rub; fried-­eggplant dip gilded with crunchy onions; and grilled shrimp with black pepper and saffron. For dessert, it’s all about the rose-scented ice-cream sandwiches. Moderate.