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Comparing Persian Restaurants

We love Shamshiri and I've always been curious about Darya. But it occurs to me there must be dozens if not hundreds of Persian restaurants here in LA. Can anyone weigh in with some comparisons, and perhaps examples of special dishes at one place vs another? Thanks!

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  1. Try Raffi's Place in Glendale. They have the best Koobideh. Shiraz is okay too but might be weird ambience. I think raffi's is the best.

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    1. re: travelingchickie

      I second Raffi's!! Of course, I only eat the koobideh, and I've only only been to two Persian restaurants, but their beef koobideh is the best!

      1. re: ayme

        i HAVE to third raffi's they are proboly the best place in glendale and proboly one of the best persian places in LA

        1. re: ChefPapaloma

          Fourth. I've been to Shamshiri, Shiraz, Javan, Darya, Caspian, and Flame, some of those more than half a dozen times... Raffi's has the best chelokebab hands down.

    2. I've explored the menu pretty well at Shamshiri Grill, Javan, and Flame. I have some experience with Darya, but not as much as the others.

      I find I tend to go to Javan the most. I love Persian stews and rices and I think Javan does a wonderful job with those. They do acceptable kabobs and their lavash bread is fairly pathetic.

      Flame is THE place on the westside for Persian kabobs and their bread is fresh and warm and just perfect.

      Shamshiri Grill keeps losing it's luster for me. They do nice stuff, don't get me wrong. It's just that Javan has better stews, Flame has better kabobs. Shamshiri Grill has a more extensive vegetarian section than the others, including a fantastic gormeh sabzi, so if that's a factor then stick with them.

      Darya is my latest experiment. I ordered a few things awhile back but another poster, Servorg, recommended it in another thread and reminded me I gave it short shrift. I had a few dishes there, notably a beautiful fesenjan (which can be done vegetarian as well). I'd say it's comparable to Javan. The vote would probably be split down the middle between Javan and Darya if you asked people who frequent both is my guess. It comes down to preference.

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      1. re: Frommtron

        I tried ordering delivery from Darya recently. The lady on the phone was so rude and clueless that I hung up without completing my order. BTW, what's in the veggie fesenjan? Is it just the stew?

        1. re: a_and_w

          The way they do these hotposts now makes it impossible to keep up . . .

          I'm glad you hung up and went with another option. Not that I wouldn't give them another shot but they lose on that occasion. You know, I haven't tried Darya's vegetarian version of fesenjan but I know I've had a vegetarian version from someone on the westside and it was basically the stew with no meat in it. I suspect it wasn't 100% vegetarian but it came meatless.

          1. re: Frommtron

            Finally got around to trying Darya. Ordered fesenjan, kashke bademjan, and chicken kobideh -- dishes I usually get at Javan. By comparison, Darya's Fesenjan was less sweet and more chunky -- I enjoyed it but prefer Javan's version. Kashke bademjan at Darya was not at all to my liking. The yogurt was way too tart and the dish had a strange mayonnaise taste (I hate mayo). Chicken Kobideh was about the same at both places. Bill at Darya was about $5 more than Javan for the same food. I'm certainly no expert in Persian food, but I know what I like, and I definitely prefer Javan to Darya.

      2. Darya has better rice than Shamshiri Grill in Westwood, however Shamshiri and Shiraz in Glendale have better barg and koobideh. The in-house baked bread at Shamshiri Grill is very good though

        1. I agree with frommtron about Javan. After trying a few (sham, darya etc) it is my favortie. I always get the Burg kabob which is pounded chicken and quite good.
          http://www.javanrestaurant.com/

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          1. re: jgomer

            I really like Javan's kashk o bademjan, fesenjan, and the chicken kobideh (much better than Shamshiri's).

          2. I've been to a bunch. Shamshiri and Javan became my favorites, though I haven't been to either in months. Javan was originally my favorite, but now I give the nod to Shamshiri. I like the rich dishes (especially the baghala polo), kabobs, bread, and kashk better there. The fish and chicken kabobs are so juicy and delicious. I love the succulent fish with baghala polo (rice with lima beans and dill). The kashk is pretty amazing if you're hungry and don't mind the richness.

            Regardless, we are lucky to have such good Persian in Los Angeles. This cuisine is not nearly as common anywhere else.