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Jan 7, 2007 04:46 AM

Are any good Persian restaurants on Westwood or on West Side open for breakfast/brunch? What's for breakfast?

It's too late to head out for Persian food right now. So I'm thinking... when do some of the best places open Sunday? And do any do breakfast? And what does that consist of? And if not, how about brunch?

As you can see, I'm full of questions - alas, not fesenjan.

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  1. So what's a Tehranian breakfast like? Well that's a good question because the Persian restaurants on Tehran High Street don't feel the need to publish their buiness hours, either on their recorded phone message (if they even bother to have one), their printed (to-go) menus, or their website. Example:

    Canary (Chicken House) - I'm looking at their to-go menu right now and it says "Sunday 8:00 AM - 10:30 PM"; however, their website says they open at 11:00 AM on Sunday, and when I just called them there was no response or recorded message with any info. So?
    1942 Westwood blvd. (310) 470-1312

    I would suggest you call your favorite one expecting them not to open till 11 AM or 11:30 AM (Sunday).

    1422 Westwood Blvd., (310) 470-3242

    Shamshiri Grill
    1712 Westwood Blvd., (310) 474-1410

    1442 Westwood Blvd., (310) 470-3399

    Dunya's Kitchen
    2180 Westwood Blvd., (310) 446-1174

    Attari Sandwich Shop
    1388 Westwood Blvd., (310) 441-5488

    Baran - WARNING!!!! I have yet to hear or read a postive experience on, or from, anyone whose ever dined there!!! They've all been negative!!!
    1916 Westwood Blvd., (310) 475-4500

    2nd Warning - Canary has a Dive-ish atmosphere.

    2 Replies
    1. re: JBC

      Wow, thank you, research genie!

      1. re: JBC

        3rd Warning: Dunya's Kitchen is actually Lebanese, not Persian.


      2. Actually, Cinnamon, Canary would have still been open for dinner. They open til pretty late on the weekends - I've even arrived there past 1 a.m. several times and stayed til at least 2 a.m.

        I can't answer whether any of the Persian restaurants serve breakfast, although I would highly doubt it, I can tell you what a typical Persian breakfast consists of. Usually, it's sabzi (greens), radishes, honey, nuts like almonds or walnuts. Then put all that into a piece of bread (like pita or sangak), or use jam on the bread. And, of course, no Persian meal is complete without TEA!

        And I have a question of my own: JBC said that there were no positive reviews on Baran, but what about the other newcomer to WEstwood Blvd - Flame?

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        1. re: waterisgood

          I don't believe they serve breakfast so this may not be all that helpful to you, but I love the Fesenjan (and chicken and beef barg, beef koobideh) they serve at Tajrish, 507 Washington Blvd., Marina del Rey, 310-301-3344. I think they open at 11:30am every day. Going there tonight for some tasty persian stew.

          1. re: Rummy

            Great! I absolutely adore Shamshiri's fesenjan (actually wound up going there early Sunday afternoon for it as lunch). Tajrish is closer and I will be glad to try it there.

            At Shamshiri they did have the basic sabzi and pita that they put on the table - the pita was a wonderful, freshly heated sesame variety. Would've made a nice breakfast thing. I noticed the greens were just mint at that hour.

            Last time I went to Shamshiri I got the panir al sabzhi (spelling probably atrocious there) - it was good but I really really love Tajrish's version, which uses some soft flatbread.

            1. re: Rummy

              re: tajrish
              the amount of food that they serve for the dollar spent isn't nearly as good as the westwood persian restaurants.

              1. re: Rummy

                I had the fesenjan at Tajrish yesterday or so... while I do like Tajrish, since you're a fesenjan fan *please* make a trip to Shamshiri Grill on Westwood Blvd. and try their lamb shank fesenjan. It's just spectacular and way way way tastier than Tajrish's chicken fesenjan. (No offense to Tajrish. Have just found Shamshiri to be really exceptional.)

              2. re: waterisgood

                From my personal experiences, Persian breakfasts also consist of Persian cheeses, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, omelettes, cucumbers, dates, halvahs, jams, and no doubt other staples I'm sure I'm forgetting.

                I know legions of Iranian emigres and, honestly, I've never before heard of anyone going out for a Persian-style breakfast.

              3. Halim is another Persian breakfast dish. Canary has a very forgettable version. Another highly prized - and rarely found - dish is kaleh-pache, or Pesrian menudo if you will. It's very labor-intensive therefore not seen on many menus. I've heard Darya in O.C. serves it on Sundays but can't vouch for that.

                1. I look forward to trying Shamshiri's fesenjan. It sounds delicious!

                  While Tajrish is not the best persian food I've had, it is solid and very convenient for me being only two blocks from my home. After a long day of fishing, when I'm too beat to cook or drive for my dinner, this counts for a lot!