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New Persian Restaurant at Jefferson/Mesmer in Culver City?

I was driving by the other day and saw this place. It seems new. I think it's called Rayhaan (sp?). Has anyone been? How is it?

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  1. I have never been, but I think you have the name right. It means "Basil" in Persian.

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      1. re: eatdrinknbmerry

        Post a review when you have one!! :)

    1. popped in there to scope out the menu.
      mostly they serve kabobs.
      the only vegetarian item they had was kuku.
      didn't see any stews nor rice dishes.

      didn't stay to try the food

      1. I have been dinning at Caffe Roberto( which has changed to Bellagio Ristorante now), for years now, noticed the new place next to it. The place looks simple, quiet, clean. I heard good comments from customers were eating there. I had to try it for myself. Their kabobs are really tastey and fresh. I noticed they make everything fresh for the day. I would go there again.

        1. This restaurant is owned by the same folks who own the Synergy Cafes on Overland and Sepulveda in Culver City... They're great people - I hope they succeed at this location - it's not an easy location to open a new place...

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          1. I was there today for lunch and ordered Karafs on their specials menu. It was a great beef stew with vegetables. I'm not familiar with Persian food, but I enjoyed this dish. The meat was tender and the vegetables had a unique sour taste to it. They served great bread and Persian tea too.The folks are friendly like someone mentioned, furnishing are brand new and lots of windows and sunlight coming through. All in all a nice experience.

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            1. re: chowhoundwoof

              Khoreshte karafs-- that's a celery stew. Yum-- it's one of my favorites. I'm glad to hear they do a nice version of this dish. :)

            2. Hi,
              I just had a delicious lunch there today and I must say the Barg kabob was juicy. My uncle had the Soltani and the koobideh was great! Just like back home :)
              I highly recommend it!! I am a frequent Persian restaurant visitor and I must say too bad I don't live close enough to this place to visit it weekly.
              PS: They are the same owners as the Italian restaurant next door, their warm bread comes from next door :)

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              1. re: BIGMMM

                Had a few meals there already as well. One of my (if not the top) favorite local neighborhood places. The food is all very flavorful and fresh, overall pretty inexpensive and enjoyable. I've been working my way down the menu and haven't disliked anything yet,