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Kabob Place at the Westside Pavillion - Any Good?

omotosando Mar 8, 2007 09:28 PM

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?

  1. Das Ubergeek Apr 21, 2008 07:29 PM

    Just a note that the OC Register profiled a place called Doner-G on Ball Road in Anaheim. It's walking distance from my home yet I've never set foot. It is definitely Turkish though -- the names are all in Turkish (cacik, for example).

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      AuthenticMediterranean Apr 21, 2008 12:30 PM

      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

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        PayOrPlay Apr 13, 2008 06:06 PM

        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.

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          gungie Apr 14, 2007 08:37 PM

          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!

          1. omotosando Mar 17, 2007 06:14 PM

            Finally made it to Sofra at the Westside Pavillion. Okay if you are stuck in the mall (a horrible fate for those of us who don't like shopping malls). Definitely wouldn't go out of my way for it. The search for quick kabob on the Westside goes on.

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            1. re: omotosando
              katkoupai Mar 17, 2007 06:41 PM

              Thanks for the post. If you find something better, please post. :)

            2. Das Ubergeek Mar 9, 2007 12:41 PM

              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.

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                igj Mar 9, 2007 12:48 PM

                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.

              2. Arthur Mar 9, 2007 12:32 PM

                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.

                1. katkoupai Mar 8, 2007 09:37 PM

                  I have not been to the restaurant itself, but a lot of Iranians in LA are ethnically Turkish, so it would make sense. I wonder if the menu varies at all from the standard Persian restaurant. I would love to see the menu.

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                    omotosando Mar 8, 2007 10:05 PM

                    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.

                    1. re: omotosando
                      katkoupai Mar 8, 2007 10:09 PM

                      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.

                      SOFRA
                      Westside Pavillion Food Court
                      10800 W. Pico Blvd. #302
                      Los Angeles, CA 90064
                      www.sofra.us

                      Moonlight-Sako's Middle Eastern Cuisine
                      6736 Corbin Ave.
                      Reseda, CA 91335
                      818 342 8710

                      The Bayfront Café
                      LIDO Island
                      3412 Via Oporto, # 103
                      Newport Beach, CA 92663 US
                      949-675-3779

                      Coach's Mediterranean Grill
                      200 Main St. # 105
                      Huntington Beach, CA 92648
                      714-969-2233

                      Sam’s
                      108 W. Channel Road
                      Santa Monica Canyon, CA 90402
                      310-230-9100 888-642-6667

                      Kebab Master
                      USC Campus Food Court
                      3333 South Hoover St.
                      Los Angeles, CA 90007
                      213-748-3915

                      GULEN'S Mediterranean Foods
                      Century City Mall
                      10250 Santa Monica Blvd., P#9
                      Los Angeles, CA 90067
                      310-785-0504

                      Turk Mutfagi-Turkish Home Cuisine
                      3101 Bagley Ave.
                      Los Angeles, CA 90034
                      310-384-5852

                      Fiesta Feast
                      17336 Sunset Blvd.
                      Pacific Palisades, CA, 90272
                      310-459-7380
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                      1. re: katkoupai
                        omotosando Mar 8, 2007 10:34 PM

                        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.

                        1. re: omotosando
                          katkoupai Mar 9, 2007 07:26 AM

                          Yes, I think it has to compete with the other food options in the mall. I'm going to try to find the menu too. :) And you're welcome. I know what it's like to miss a certain type of food in a city away from home. I hope you like at least one of more of these places. :)

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                            george90 Aug 16, 2007 12:00 AM

                            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...

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                              Gina from OC Aug 24, 2007 04:49 PM

                              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.

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                            epop Mar 18, 2007 11:36 AM

                            confirming omotosando's demographics...

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