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Oct 23, 2006 05:36 PM

Danube in Westwood

My Los Angeles magazine lists this place as new (basically Bulgarian). Has anyone tried it? Last month we loved Warszawa in Santa Monica.

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  1. Yes, and you won't like as much as Warszawa. Service is Soviet Bloc slow. For a 16 picture report, hit the linked link:

    And from using the above search function, these came back to mind:

    1. Ate at Danube a week ago and was really underwhelmed. (Of course we might have ordered wrong.) Also, it doesn't have a liquor license. (Our waitress helpfully suggested we might pick up a bottle at the nearby 7-11.) Not in the same class as Warszawa.

      1. I had lunch there when it just opened. We had the caviar dip which was ok. We also had the kidney/liver pie which was interesting - good but I can't say great. Service was slow - but then again there was only one waiter which may have been the reason. I would go back when they get all the kinks worked out. However, on the whole, I don't think Bulgarian food is exciting...

        1. Thank you for the input. Wow, those photos look so tempting. But the service worries me. I hope to go back to Warszawa and maybe check out a Russian restaurant in the Los Angeles area.

          1. If you want some other Balkan places (and check out danube, you might not agree with anyone here)
            try metro cafe on washington near the 405 (serbian) and aroma (one of many places with that name) on overland near the westside pavilion (bosniak).

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            1. re: Jerome

              I agree with you Jerome, you still might want to check out Danube once anyway. I've been 3 times and would suggest you order what is distinctly "Bulgarian" and when given the choice of rice or French Fries, always go with the rice. If I was going back maybe:

              Lamb kebab baked in parchment paper - Lamb morsel, mint, green onion, parsley devisil {Bulgarian herb} - served with rice and salad. $17.55

              Roasted red pepper and eggplant - red pepper, eggplant, olive oil, garlic, onion and parsley $5.95 {distinctly "Bulgarian" ?, but I had it before and it was very good}.

              ~ or maybe ~

              Vita Banitica - Wreathed filo rolls filled with two varieties of cheese, egg and herbs $4.50 (based on maybelle's rec below).

              I would avoid, as an example, the Chicken shish kebab as it is plain jane, nothing Bulgarianish about it, and there are 10+ other places to get a better "standard" kebab on Westwood Blvd.

              Just bring a bottle of wine with you, a corkscrew, and maybe a pack of cards so you can get in a couple of games of Gin between courses; also, there is their T.V. showcasing some rather unsual Bulgarian musical performances.

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