Thursday, November 25, 2004

Persian and Syrian

Notes on Persian:
With a huge and extravagant population, it's no surprise that Los Angeles has terrific Persian restaurants. The trouble is choosing which of the sit-down restaurants to try - the menus are very codified and there will always be kebabs, stews, and rice dishes, usually with the same few appetizers. Basically, Shahrezad is my favourite all around because of the bread and kashk-e-bademjan, Raffi's Place wins hands down for kebabs, Javan sports particularly good fesenjan and Darya is a solid all round option with ridiculous decor. All of these places are great in my experience, though particular dishes may vary at each one. Happy eating!

Raffi's Place
211 East Broadway Glendale 818-240-7411
Persian Glendale with exemplary kebabs. For the true meat and rice lover, you can even grill yourself under the heat lamps outside.

1442 Westwood Blvd. 310 470-3242
Persian distinguished by the bread - exceptional - and delicious brick shaped rice thing with lamb inside called tah chin. After several fine meals of late, my new Persian favourite.

Attari Sandwiches
1388 Westwood Blvd: 310-441-5488 Westwood (note- turn off Westwood at Soleil French restaurant, Attari is in small courtyard)
Outstanding and hard to find Persian sandwich spot that's totally for the people! Soup/asch is heartwarming and delicious. Sandwiches extrafine plus you can hang with the highly moneyed clientele for cheap.

12130 Santa Monica Blvd, (310) 442-9000 West LA
Persian recommended by my driving instructor. Really good kebabs, pollos (rice dishes) and stews, ghormeh sabzi (fenugreek) and fesenjan (walnut and pomegranate) are winners with tah dig (crispy rice).

11500 Santa Monica Boulevard (310) 207-5555
Fancier Persian place with excellent stews in particular, though kashk-e-bademjan is better elsewhere. Up there with Darya and Shahrezad as the best of a very good bunch in L.A.

Shamshiri Grill
1712 Westwood Boulevard (310) 474-141
Persian from the strip, good quality kebabs and stews.

Olive Branch
658 Foothill Blvd. La Crescenta, (818) 248-9876
Charming neighbourhood Persian, notable in particular for the seldom-spotted queisi polo, with apricots! Chicken koobideh and bademjan also worth a shot.

Canary House of Sandwiches
1942 Westwood Blvd, 310 441 2483
Persian lunch spot with amusing hot dog sandwich recommended by J.Gold.

Mediterranean Gourmet
10863 Venice Blvd, (310) 842-8291.
Syrian Venice Blvd hangout for the community. Tasty rice and meats.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

try Al-Wazir in Glendale, on Glendale Blvd in between Los Feliz and Chevy Chase. Small hole in the wall, but great reviews from LA Times. Skewer of chicken, beef, and beef luleh with all the fixins runs you 10 bucks, and it tastes incredible. Certainly beats the lunch hour traffic at raffi's place.

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