Food is really awesome Persian /
Mediterranean cuisine. I have visited the restaurant often and enjoyed the food aspect. The price of the buffet has increased to 14.99 per person with a new rule (according to our waitress) that if your 2 year old toddler gets a large clean plate from the buffet, they are charged the 6.99 price for the 2 year old toddler. By the way the large plates are the only plates located at the beginning of the buffet. There should be a notice of some kind stating their policy for all babies, toddlers and children, for it should not be discriminatory.
I did ask the waitress for clarification of why my toddler was charged, and the above is the rational of the charge. She told me, "I don't make the rules, and I'll have to ask if it can be taken off." I thought that most restaurants have a clear pricing for children. Is it legal to decide to price a toddler if they eat a piece of meat or if they are large or small for their size? It was concerning that our food intake / plates were being observed. That was awkward.
Out of the many visits, I had never heard of that policy. I thought that I was being "picked" on or singled out for some reason. My service (depending of course on the wait staff, naturally) was bad with a humiliating server that only seemingly painfully stopped at our table a few times when called upon. The lady bussing the tables and others were nice enough. What a shame to be humiliated on your birthday, in front of your mother as well as in front of other customers about your toddler's plate.
Once again, my hat is off to the chef, for the food is really good. I'm just going to have to purchase more Persian cook books and polish my cooking skills, for sadly, it will be a long time if I ever go back to the restaurant.
I do hope that the owners decide on a policy, make it obvious for the clients and stick with it.
not bad. its ok, the food is better at moraes cafe..
Best lunch deal in Tampa. Dinner is ok, but THIS IS THE BEST LUNCH DEAL IN TAMPA!! Great Buffet, great price. It is well worth the drive. The food is incredible. I love the shish kabobs, and the lamb and eggplant. Seriously, its a must.
A very pleasant surprise. On a recent business trip to St Petersburg, at the recommendation of our hotel concierge, with my wife and another couple, we headed to Mirage on a Friday night. Having lived in California for 9 years, I had sampled the best Persian food Orange County, San Diego, San Jose & San Francisco has to offer, and wanted to see what Tampa Bay has to offer. The food was excellent, to say the least, but that is usually a given, because if the food is bad, restaurants go out of business very quickly. Also, our reservation was exactly what I had requested as far as location to be seated. What REALLY impressed me was that our original waitress, at arrival, was only an English speaking young lady, and when I had a few seconds of small talk with the owner (a very pleasant soft spoken gentleman, who checked back with us quite a few times to make sure everything was ok) and telling him that we have Azeri and Russian speaking guests that are going to try Persian food for the first time, he switched our waitress to another one who spoke both Azeri and Russian! That seemingly small action, not only facilitated my guests to ask questions and understand the food better, but also made them more comfortable and welcome. That, I hadn?t seen even in the best restaurants, Persian or otherwise. I have since changed our company meetings from Nashville to Tampa Bay, so I can eat there four times a year. If you want a simple, friendly restaurant with great food and nice music at a very reasonable price, don't pass this place up. PS: The beautifull belly dancer was pretty easy on the eyes also...
Lunch is the best way to go. I lost count on how many times we have eaten at this restaraunt. If you like food with a lot of flavor, different than your average bite to eat, and a price that you can't beat then this is a place to visit. I do warn people though, the food is definately different but it's nothing that you could not find in our local supermarkets. If you don't like spices, herbs, and lots of flavor in your food then is definately not a place to visit. If it is your first time visiting, I suggest the lunch buffet so you can sample all they have to offer without spending the dinner menu prices. They have numerous persian dishes which are all homemade. The kaboobs and lamb and eggplant dish are mouthwatering. The owners are always on site and are consistantly walking around making sure every customer is satisfied. It is simply a wonderful place to atleast try once.
Avoid, find something different. My first time writing a review because I need to warn anyone thinking of going here. Here are my impreesions: Hole in tje wall. Small buffet. Overpriced Rude service. Bland food.Overcharged on my credit card. Food poisening.
great place to go..
I have gone to Mirage 4 or 5 times, because it is about one hour away. I would recommend this place to anyone. I love the food, service and the people.
If I lived closer I would be there all the time.
Great Food. My father brought me there on a Friday night, and I absolutely loved it. It was all you can eat, and you could try a little (or a lot) of everything. My son loved dancing with the belly dancer, as did most regulars that were there. The owner and my husband hit it off right away and he made me a special order of falafels (a personal favorite of mine). We now go there at least every other week, even if we are just taking it home. I love it and recommend it to everyone who loves food.
Would not Recommend. I went there for my birthday, because I thought it would be something different. The idea of belly dancers would make for a fun evening. WRONG. I was expecting something nicer (Jeans are fine, I was in a dress) and there was a buffet. I like trying different cultures' foods, but this was very bad. They have a filet migon on the menu, but they gave me something that looked like gyro meat. There were no sauces or spices on anything, so it was very bland. The owner must have realized we did not like our food, he offered us different items and even took one entree off. There was only one belly dancer, and I almost felt sorry for her, because no one really participated with her to make it a fun experience. Although the owner was very caring about our experience, I would NOT recommend this place.
Middle Eastern cuisine shines at this unassuming restaurant specializing in super-sized portions of kebabs and rice..
Pulsing Iranian music revs up the atmosphere at this friendly restaurant, where belly dancers flaunt their ab muscles during weekend performances. Low-budget, big-appetite servings attract families and college students. Mirage also frequently hosts Middle Eastern military brass and their families in the United States for meetings at nearby MacDill Air Force.
Waitresses with lilting accents describe the menu. They'll recommend the platter for two, which includes a trio of kebabs: savory, saffron-basted chicken; moist ground beef; and hearty steak. Roasted tomato halves and onions line the plate, while aromatic basmati rice adorns the center. Khorest sabzi stew--mint, spinach and meat--is a jolting dissonance of tastes. For dessert, try the makhloot, Persian ice cream rolled with sweet rice noodles. It's almost overwhelmingly sweet, but refreshing with juice poured on top, according to Iranian custom.
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