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Mar 9, 2007 04:35 PM

Good Persian in the 714?

I'm looking for great Persian food in the 714 -- not the 562, not the 949, and not the 909, please -- after that horrendous commute the last thing I want to do is get in the car and drive somewhere!

I dream of albalu polo... or basmati rice and delicious, delicious fesenjon...

...I'm making scampi for dinner. Argh.

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  1. My dad has recommended Ferdussi to me before (Santa Ana). I also just noticed there's a Darya nearby too.



    They both have fesenjan, rice, and more.

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    1. re: katkoupai

      Ferdussi has a very good lunch buffet, especially on Friday. That's when they add a few more fancy dishes. No matter what day it is, it's a great place for a quick lunch because you serve yourself....so no waiting. I've probably been there about a dozen times, and the food has always been fresh and the service has been very friendly (although because it's a buffet, they aren't really staffed-up with a bunch of waiters for lunch).

      Beware, though, if you order something it takes a while to come out. It's very good, but it takes a while. I prefer the buffet.

    2. Closest to you is Darya (Orange & South Coast Plaza locations), Ferdussi (as katkoupai noted), and Orchid (Costa Mesa). There are others in the 949, but that's not what you asked for.

      1. there are 2 daryas. one is in santa ana/costa mesa area across from nordstrom in the south coast plaza. the other is in orange. i have only eaten in the one in costa mesa/santa ana and love it. my friend eats at the other one and says it is better, it is on my list to go and try. i didn't much care for ferdussi.

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        1. re: justagthing

          There's also one in Santa Monica now. A decade or so ago, there was only one Darya, in South Coast Plaza. Persian restaurants are truly popping up in more places.

          1. re: katkoupai

            the one in South Coast is not the same owners as the other two...so I really need to try the other one...lol

            1. re: justagthing

              Got it. I was wondering about the ownership. :) Thanks.

        2. I have also eaten at both Daryas, and by far I prefer the one in Orange, which I think is closer to home for you, Uber.

          They have a wood fired oven that IMO makes a huge difference in the taste of the Kebabs. They come out a tiny bit charred on the corners, with juicy, tender meat. The whitefish, chicken, boneless lamb, and beef are all minor miracles that the South Coast Plaza restaurant can't touch.

          No doubt, there are probably other dishes that are better at SCP, but I haven't found them.

          1. Awesome! I'll report back when we get a chance to go -- it occurred to me last night that fesenjon is a viable Lenten Friday dinner... but just wait until I get a chance to go!

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            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              Er, that it's NOT a viable Lenten Friday dinner. Duh.