Rumi's Kitchen serves a dish that brings out the best of the eggplant's dueling characteristics
. Mirza Ghasemi is a dip of smoky grilled eggplant mixed with a tart, flavorful tomato sauce. Under-promised on the menu as "smoked eggplant, tomato, garlic," the restaurant over delivers.
As a dip, the mirza ghasemi needs a vehicle - in this case, it is warm, freshly-baked pita bread. Then you might want a few extras, and chef Ali Mesghali pulls no punches on those: you’ll get an extra plate of olives, fresh radishes, tarragon, mint, spinach, walnuts and a block of soft, almost velvety feta. Yet all these components are firmly stuck in orbit around the eggplant dip, still warm and wonderfully balanced with smoke, salt, spice and a bit of bright, tart tomato.