Divan Restaurant & Bar is a mix of Persian and Mediterranean cuisine that is full of flavor in an ambiance that is intimate but allows you to be social all at the same time. Located in Buckhead on Piedmont Rd., this hidden gem is pretty unassuming from the outside because it looks like a house. But once inside, you can see that not only can you enjoy a romantic dinner but it can also be a great place to have cocktails and enjoy hookah with friends.
There are very few restaurants where I look at the menu and can’t decide on what to order. Everything at Divan sounded so amazing and I honestly wanted to try EVERYTHING! We (my friend Tee and I) ended up selecting two items to start which was the black bean hummus and spicy shrimp.
I’ve had black bean hummus before but I don’t see it on many menus. It was topped with a habanero harissa which gave it a massive kick! I mean…it was HOT! Don’t be afraid to order it though. You can always eat around the harissa. The hummus itself was creamy, but was still thicker than your usual chickpea hummus. It was paired with some delicious and probably one of the best naan breads I’ve ever had!
The shrimp was tossed in a tandoori spice rub and served with a cucumber yogurt sauce. The shrimp was spicy but not so much that it was unbearable. The cucumber yogurt sauce added a pleasant cooling element that helped to balance the spiciness of the shrimp.
The blackened salmon served over a linguine alfredo with oyster mushrooms and diced tomatoes was everything you’d want in a pasta dish. The salmon was tender and flakey as salmon should be and although it was blackened it was not spicy at all. The linguine was rich and creamy, so do not order this dish if you are worried about a diet lol.
Let’s talk about the star of the evening and my favorite dish of them all…the spice-roasted double-cut lamb chops. By far, these were some of the best lamb chops I’ve ever had. The chops were cooked perfectly medium and was tender and melted in your mouth. They were seasoned ever so slightly with the spice rub and the sumac gastrique and mint oil complimented the lamb just perfectly. The spiced potatoes were crispy on the outside, but soft on the inside and the spinach was gently wilted and tossed with garlic and tomatoes. This dish was perfection and without a doubt is what you should order when you visit.
To top of the evening, we went with a recommendation from our server which was the saffron ice cream. If you aren’t familiar with saffron, (plainly put) it is a spice used in yellow rice. So did I like it? I don’t know 😂.. It wasn’t bad, but then again I can’t say that I liked it either. It was smooth and creamy as ice cream should be, but I just could not get the idea of yellow rice out of my head lol. The saffron wasn’t overpowering, but actually a little subtle and it didn’t leave much of an after taste. It wasn’t bad like I said, but definitely interesting.
Next to anything chocolate, baklava is my favorite dessert. The cheesecake was topped with a few thin layers puff pastry, honey and pistachios which are the ingredients used in baklava. If you want to skip a super sweet dessert, this cheesecake is a good way to go.
I really enjoyed dinner at Divan and the restaurant should be on everyone’s list of places to try. One important note is that the restaurant is on the smaller side which provides a more intimate dining experience. There are smoking/non-smoking areas of the restaurant if you want to enjoy hookah while having dinner.
Sunday through Thursday Divan offers a 3-course dinner for $25 per person. Read more about it here.
3125 Piedmont Rd Atlanta, GA 30305
Until the next time…Happy Eating!! xoxo