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Can some one please recommnend persian restaurant on Westwood blvd. There seem to be quite a few. Need your help my fellw chowhounds!

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  1. Depends what you're looking for:

    Attari Sandwich Shop - Nice Outdoor patio that's very popular, limited menu (sandwiches & their soup/stew) but may have finally added a kabob or two, no rice (?)
    1388 Westwood Blvd. (Due north from the 7/11 parking lot) (310) 441-5488

    Shaherzad - 9 lunch specials inlcuding Chicken & Filet Mignon kabos $8.95 & $ 9.95. People like their kabobs and fresh bread, I found their attitude not to my liking.
    1422 Westwood Blvd. (310) 470-3242

    Shamshiri Grill -17 lunch speicals $6.95 to $8.95 (as of 1 yr. ago). More pleasant than Shaherzad.
    1712 Westwood Blvd., (310) 474-8017

    Canary - Is divish.

    Flame & Baran are pretty new (open less than 1 year) and both, I believe have affordable lunch speicals.

    Bottom Line - If you want a Beef kabob go to Shaherzad, sandwich to Attari (outside seating is tuff), and Shamshiri for anything else (a very short breakdown subject to disagreements over specific menu items I'm sure).

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    1. re: JBC

      I agree with JBC, Shamshiri has a slight edge over Shaherzad both in food and service. I think it's also starting to be the "L.A. Institution," if you will, of Persian restaurants in West L.A. because of the length of time this restaurant has been around. I remember going to Shamshiri during my college days at UCLA many moons ago.

      1. re: OCKevin

        Have also been going to Shamshiri for close to 20 years now. The Westwood location is OK, but the Glendale Shamshiri is definitely better, specifically their barg, rice, and tahdig dishes. I do like the fresh bread though at the Westwood Shamshiri Grill. I still lament the closing of the old Shamshiri location in Hollywood the most.

      2. re: JBC

        I tried both Shaherzad and Shamshiri for the first time for lunch about a year ago and was much more pleased by Shamshiri. To me, just about everything was a little better at Shamshiri. From the start, I liked their bread and accompaniments better, the service was more pleasant, their sherazi salad of cucumber, parsley, onion, lemon was tasty, and portions of the mains were slightly bigger with more grilled vegies accompanying. I like their beef koobideh and prefer the chicken shawarma to their beef. Shamshiri also has efficient, free delivery.

        1. re: nosh

          its been a while since ive been over there but if i remember correctly shamshiri was pretty good. i thought javan restaurant on santa monica was pretty good too.

        2. re: JBC

          divish?

          i like that! what a great word. mind if i steal it? :)

        3. I usually go to Shamshiri, but I recently went to Shahrzade, and it was very good.

          Someone mentioned a restaurant called Canary, and I looked at the online menu. I would like to check it out.

          www.canaryrestaurant.com

          Flame (Sholeh) is another place that I would like to try.

          1. Get off the Blvd. Try Mizban on Santa Monica, just east of the 405. In a small strip mall with the Coffee Bean. Very good food and reasonable. We always have the Salmon and Cornish Hen with 1/2 rice 1/2 salad.

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            1. re: Fresser

              Is this in the same mini mall with the donut place / koo koo roo / new york pizza and pasta?

              1. re: Servorg

                No, across the street.

            2. Flame! I loved it because they made a couple of things to order for me. The food was fresh and delicious. Good service. As to the others on Westwood Blvd, I haven't tried them....

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              1. re: Bite Me

                I had dinner at Flame recently and wasn't as enthusiastic. Was really looking forward to the cherry rice (forgot the actual name for this dish), but it wasn't tasty. However, the flat bread, made right there in their own wood oven, was as good as I've had anywhere....portions are very large here as well.

                1. re: susancinsf

                  It's called albaloo polo. I generally avoid more intricate Persian rice dishes when eating out and go with a standard chelo kabob. :)

              2. I 100% agree with Shamshiri. Excellent food. Big portions (2 can be fed from one dinner entree). Myriad of veggie-friendly options. Good prices. Good service.

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                1. re: mojoeater

                  I'll chime in one more vote for Shamshiri. I actually prefer their braised preparations quite a bit, and I find that the deep, earthy flavors marry well with the rice dishes.

                2. i would second the recommendation for attari -- quite a departure from the same kabob menu at the majority of the others on that stretch, and its sweet little courtyard is a nice place to enjoy lunch. and yes, I do believe they have kabob now, too (haven't tried it, but it smells amazing).

                  If you are looking for kabob, I would say that Javan, on Santa Monica at Butler, is better than any of the ones on Westwood, and not too far from there. And if you're feeling soupish, their ash-e jo (barley soup) is pretty great.