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Amoo's (Formerly Amoo's Kabob), Chesterbrook - Chef Sebastian Oveysi's Traditional Persian Stews, Rice Dishes, and Kabobs, Now With A Food Truck Too

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I wanted to do another private pre fixe dinner event for the members of this site. Don and I organized one few months ago and it was a huge success. Amoo's dining room was packed.

So I have been asked by few members as to when we were going to do another one. And just like the last event. This one will be private, which means you can bring your own wine, beer, and spirits if you like.

Here are the dates that the Amoo's dining room will be available. Don, please let me know as to which date works best.

Sunday January 18, 2015

Sunday January 25, 2015

Sunday February 1, 2015

I hope all of you have a great Holiday this year and remember, EAT!!!

Chef Seb

Good to hear from you, Seb (and folks, *get the stuffed squash if you go to Amoo's*).

These dinners won't magically appear; they take organization and work, so you and I would need to talk about time, price, format, etc., and then I'd need to start a thread in the Events and Gatherings forum. Please make the stuffed squash one of the items!

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I guess February 1st is out of the question then....

I think if you were to start the thread Don, we'd get some response right away!!

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I don't know why I'm not dining at Amoo's more often, because every time the food is extraordinary.  It's a fine-dining level of food, delicious and beautifully presented, in an informal setting. And you never know what Seb is going to come up with.  Last time it was a blood orange soup that apparently resulted from an experiment involving caramelized onions.  It was so good my friend couldn't resist passing the bowl around for everyone to try.  Next thing you know we'd ordered another bowl for the table...  I always leave feeling happy and thinking about when I can next go back.

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I don't know why I'm not dining at Amoo's more often, because every time the food is extraordinary.  It's a fine-dining level of food, delicious and beautifully presented, in an informal setting. And you never know what Seb is going to come up with.  Last time it was a blood orange soup that apparently resulted from an experiment involving caramelized onions.  It was so good my friend couldn't resist passing the bowl around for everyone to try.  Next thing you know we'd ordered another bowl for the table...  I always leave feeling happy and thinking about when I can next go back.

Here is a poll to determine which dates we'll be having our dr.com dinner at Amoo's.

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It was a sensational dinner last night at Amoo's. Almost celebratory. Chef Seb made his rounds through the Rockwellian crowd, the music (Gilbert?) was great, lots of familiar faces shared plenty of good food stories, and the food itself was excellent. Start to finish this was easily the best Persian meal I've had in the DC area, and I've had quite a few. I'll be back, often.

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Really bummed to have missed this but wasn't possible for us.  More shamefully, I haven't yet been to Amoo's. But this site is the reason I will be going....soon.

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Good Morning everyone,

I wanted to thank all of you who attended DR event at Amoo's this past Sunday. Sunday night was a HUGE success, even better than the first DR event we did last year. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and looking forward to having you all back at Amoo's very soon. Don and I will continue to combine forces to bring you some of the best events in the future.

And finally, Don, thank you for having such a great site where people like myself can find peace and love through food and celebrating life. Thank you...

Chef Seb

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The pictures looked great!  We were hosting my Mom and we did a family dinner at home so we couldn't make it, but so glad so many could!

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I haven't seen him announce anything, but they are very active on their Facebook page. I am sure that a question there would be answered pretty quickly.

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I have always had a dream to open a restaurant on a tropical white sandy beach town where the water is visible just from few feet, where the entire restaurant is open so people can feel that ocean breeze no matter which table they are sitting at. A place where the entire town goes and hangs out. This is a place where everyone knows each other, the bartenders, servers, and managers know the guests by their names. The sounds of the live band playing only enhances the experience. The signature cocktails are made from fresh fruits and wild caught fish and organic produce are brought in every morning. You can taste the freshness from every bite.

Until now, this has been one of my biggest dreams and this dream became a reality today!

I am opening a restaurant in Gulfport FL in the end of this summer. I cannot describe the feeling that I have right now. I am so thankful, I feel truly blessed and this is just another way of my higher power telling me, "Working hard always pays off, never stop moving, and always be thankful"

I do realize that success is not just achieved by 1 person but rather it is a pool of energy that is created by your loved ones. Family, Friends, and supporters are the reason why opportunities like this are available to a person like me.

And finally, I want to thank all of you who have been to Amoo's and have tried the food truck. You tried the food, you loved it, and you went and talked about it. What you guys have done is why I am where I am. I owe you guys, I cannot thank you enough for showing so much love towards my family and I. And like I said before, Don Rockwell and the members of this site are one of the reasons why my cuisine was found. No one had heard of my food 3 yeas ago, you guys made it noticeable! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again. See you at one of my tables in FL.

P.S im not moving down there. Ill just be traveling a lot.. So don't get too excited, youre not getting rid of me entirely!! lol

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Hmmm, Florida for Spring Training and Amoo''s South in Gulfport, FL (not the other coastal Gulfport, right? :-)) this time next year. That sounds good.

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Well, this thread sold me. I was looking for a place "in the middle" (between Potomac and Alexandria) to have lunch with a friend in a couple of weeks, and was targeting Tyson's or McLean. I doubt that the chef is personally working Monday lunch, but maybe we'll get lucky. Thanks for the recommendation, y'all, I'll let you know how it was.

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JDC,

When you come in please ask for Maria, She'll take good care of you.

Thanks,

Chef Seb

Thanks, Chef! Will do.

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My husband (jimco) and I were in the area for a kids birthday party yesterday so we (all thanks go to the mister for finding Amoo's in the first place) decided to pop in for a late lunch with the kids.

We were seated immediately and had great service from start to finish. Everyone was very friendly and helpful with recommendations.

We started with the Tahdigh (crispy rice with a lamb and bean stew on top). It was the first time I've had it and loved the rich flavor of the sauce/stew paired with the crunchy rice.

I eat a lot of fish and if my husband didn't require some red meat a few nights a week I'd probably have fish/shellfish every night. With that in mind, I had the Sea Bass "kabob" from Amoo's and it was with out a doubt or exaggeration, the best fish I've tasted in my life. The fish basically melts in your mouth, perfectly cooked and tasted like butter. Sinfully delicious! It is served over a huge amount of rice. I should say I don't always love rice but this was fluffy and quite flavorful. I couldn't believe how much of it I ate.

The mister had (I can't remember the name) a combination kabob featuring chicken cooked with jalapeí±o and herbs as well as the kubideh (minced onion flavored meat). I think my dish was better to be honest but as I just finished his left overs at lunch today I can attest that even reheated it was excellent.

This isn't our neighborhood but I assure you we will definitely be back, soon. The only problem for me is deciding if I will try something new or go back for more of the sea bass perfection.

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I went to Amoo's with a friend for a weekday lunch. We were greeted warmly and our server was attentive without hovering, which we both appreciated as we were catching up after months. Little details like providing a carafe for water was important, especially since the glasses were on the smaller side (maybe juice glasses).

My friend does not like to be adventurous upon dining for the first time at a restaurant, and also likes to stick to things she's had elsewhere so that she can "compare" - getting a fancier dish when she is, in her mind, at a place comparable to her local kabob house doesn't really help her figure out quite how special a place is. And, from what I can tell, and from what everyone has said, Amoo's is special.

We had one of the combination kabobs - the kubideh, chicken breast, and filet - and all were delicious. The kubideh was seasoned well and the filet was cooked to a tender medium rare, both were very tasty (I will note that they didn't ask, and while that is the perfect temperature for us, others might have different ideas). Since we stuck to basics, I want to take the opportunity to point out how perfectly cooked the chicken was. It was literally a melt on your fork, melt in your mouth, and we devoured it. The rice and bread served with the meal were tasty as well, and my friend enjoyed the presentation with the flower on top of the rice - she took it home for her daughter, who was just starting kindergarten yesterday.

Unfortunately, I live on the wrong side of the river to make it to McLean very often, but I will certainly let my Virginia friends know that it is there, and will aspire to visit when I can - with plans to try something more adventurous, like Don's beloved stuffed squash. And Chef Seb, if you decide you're bored in Florida and want to open across the river in Maryland, I'll be there opening night!

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JDC and Tex Chef,

Thank you so much for your visit and I am so glad you enjoyed your meal. I am a dreamer and my dream is to open restaurants all over the country and you never know. Your neck of the woods just might be the next spot I hit ;-)

Once again, thank you so much for your visit and lookng forward to meeting you in the future.

Chef Seb

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My partner & I have made a resolution to try a different cuisine of the world every Friday evening.  This Friday is Persian, I just made reservations at Amoo's.

After following this thread for years, I'm very excited (and ashamed it's taken this long) to finally try this well reviewed spot!

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