Kabob Place at the Westside Pavillion - Any Good?
Someone who is Persian told me today that there is a fast-food kabob restaurant in the food court at the Westside Pavillion and that it is pretty good. Could this possibly be true? Anyone know this place? She said it is Turkish-owned. I love Turkish food; more easily found in NYC. Could there really be a Turkish restaurant in our midst?
This place "Gulen's Mediterranean" tasted bad, it did not taste anything like the real middle eastern food, their tabouleh was horrible, the meat was filled with all kinds of horrible tasting spices and the workers were horrible. BAD JOB GULEN!!! 1/5 is what I'll rate. P.S the food doesn't even tast like mediterranean food at all. HORRIBLE
I must report that Sofra in the Westside Pavilion is no more. It is now called Charley's Grill; the menu is not radically different than it was, but all the overtly Turkish items on the menu are gone, replaced by Persian and generic middle-eastern items. Sofra was not great but it probably did have the best food available within the food court, so I will miss it.
Definitely try Sasoon in Tarzana on Ventura (18970 Ventura). Excellent Mediterranean food; kabobs, shwarma and more! Best I've found in L.A. area. (We're used to Chicago Turkish food, which is amazing..) Try Sasoon, the prices are extremely reasonable and the food is very good!
I have a theory that most mall food courts have one option that is better than the others -- so at Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, it's the crepe place and at Westside Pavilion, it's Sofra. It's not mindblowing -- but it's a damn sight better than anything else in the mall or immediately adjacent thereto.
Serra's in Studio City (what used to be the female-impersonator club, on Ventura near Whitsett) serves Turkish Cuisine.
Most Turkish places in LA advertise themselves as Mediterranean or Middle Eastern due to the large numbers of Armenians in LA.
re: Das Ubergeek
I would agree with your theory with a caveat: at the Westside Pavillion, there are better options immediately adjacent to the mall - Torafuku, for example. Obviously a different kind of place - both in ethnicity and in level of formality/service - but a fine choice for those who want dinner and a movie within walking distance of each other.
I've gotten food at Sofra, the place in question at the Westside Pavilion. Yes, it's pretty good, not amazing or memorable, but arguably a distinctly better choice than the other standard food court offerings in that location. I wouldn't label the menu selection as Turkish but rather a more generic hybrid of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean. It's more than adequate for a fast bite at the mall, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way for it, particularly with all the other prime Middle Eastern options available in the same neighborhood.
I think it's just a fast food place, no fancy menu. My Persian friend is not ethnically Turkish. I was not aware that many Iranians in L.A. were ethnically Turkish.
The Turkish food that I have had in New York is very different from Persian food and I like it better (or maybe I've just been to better Turkish restaurants than Persian ones). Oh, what I would give for a good Turkish restaurant in L.A.
Omatosando, since you said you missed Turkish food here in LA, I found this list of Turkish restaurants in LA and OC for you on the the Turkish-American Association of So. Cal. website. Sofra, the place in the Westside Pavillion, may have what you have been missing. If not, there are other Turkish options below too.
Westside Pavillion Food Court
10800 W. Pico Blvd. #302
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Moonlight-Sako's Middle Eastern Cuisine
6736 Corbin Ave.
Reseda, CA 91335
818 342 8710
The Bayfront Café
3412 Via Oporto, # 103
Newport Beach, CA 92663 US
Coach's Mediterranean Grill
200 Main St. # 105
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
108 W. Channel Road
Santa Monica Canyon, CA 90402
USC Campus Food Court
3333 South Hoover St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
GULEN'S Mediterranean Foods
Century City Mall
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., P#9
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Turk Mutfagi-Turkish Home Cuisine
3101 Bagley Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
17336 Sunset Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272
Katkoupai, thanks for providing this list.
I thought I ate at Coach's in Huntington Beach a couple of years ago , but on reflection, I think it was another restaurant in Huntington Beach that was on Beach Blvd., not Main Street. Perhaps it is not there anymore. I remember that it was really delicious despite this kind of shabby interior. Gulen's in the Century City Mall is awful.
Thanks for providing the name of the place in the Westside Pavillion. I will give it a try and report back.
P.S. I just found Sofra's menu online. It is dirt cheap - only $5.99 for chicken kabob plate.
Actually the prices they have on the web page are not the same like in the store...the thing is the owner has to change the menu ....but is a pretty good option , you should try it...the Adana kebab is pretty good ...ground beef , pepper paste and a lot of seasonings...but i like the Chicken adana too ......seasoned ground chicken breast...
I was surprised when I read your opinion on Gulen's. Gulen's has probably my favorite gyros in the whole L.A. area. I'm originally from Chicago, and it reminds me a lot of the gyros served in the Greek places back there. What I'm looking for now is something similar in (or closer to) Orange County.