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Oct 14, 2008 08:32 PM

Sofra Kabab Express - new addition to Palms area

Kebab or Kabab or Kebbob?

Sofra Kabab Express just opened on Venice & Westwood Blvd. It's in a mini strip mall, connected to a halal grocery store. According to staff, it's owned by the folks who own "Sofra" in the Westside Pavilion - food court. I ordered a kofta salad and two falafels. Kofta (kofte) had the right amount of spices and other condiments (salad, hummus, yogurt sauce) were very fresh. They also have seats set-up outside for narghile (hukka/hokka) but Venice can get kind of noisey so I don't know how that will work out.

A nice neighborhood addition for those of us in the area. There's limited parking in back. Keep in mind you'll have to make a U-turn on Venice if you're coming from the west side. Or you can just walk there!

10821 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(The link doesn't work, but it's listed on the menu this way)

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  1. This is great news, considering that Sofra no longer exists in the Westside Pavilion. Thanks for the tip!

    1. I was just in here and confirm - excellent kofte, but different from anything I've had at Armenian and other Middle Eastern places in Hollywood/Glendale/Pas. These are little disks, like sliders w/o buns. The menu is sort of too complicated for its own good - different sections are basically composed of the same items shuffled around - like the list of sandwiches is awfully similar to the list of wraps, etc. They do have a very good-looking array of fresh salads and sides behind the counter (none of which was included in my "plate", which was just a sad, iceberg-based pile, but I imagine I could just ask for a substitute, as they seem very accommodating). The stuffed eggplant (meat and veggie) looked really good, and I can't remember seeing them at too many kebab places.

      Oh yeah - the tandoori bread is made on-site and is amazing. I kept thinking - where else have I had this pita? Of course - it's basically naan.

      Final note - the halal grocery next door (different owner) is actually a total mix of Mexican and Middle Eastern items, with a vast array of spices, rices, various fetas by the pound, flat breads, Goya everything, rows of tortillas, fresh chiles (beats the pants of Pavilions, for example) and a meat counter w/ ground lamb, fresh whole catfish, etc. A real L.A. kind of place!

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      1. re: cant talk...eating

        That was probably because is Turkish, they use different flavors than Armenian cuisine, I love their salad bar...

      2. Their website appears to be:

        Will check it out soon as they have döner kebab.

        1. Just had lunch delivered from this place. The chicken kebab was really good, but there wasn't enough chicken (and I'm not a huge eater). I read on Yelp that they had downsized their portion sizes and it showed. The kabob came with some tasty green hot sauce, the worst hummus I have ever tasted in my life (must be from a mix), a gross salad, some rice, and soggy French fries (to be fair the soggy part may be owing to delivery). Someone above waxed rhapsodic about homemade pita, but the one that came with my lunch was gross and thus couldn't be homemade unless it came from the kitchen of the world's worst cook.

          Even though the kebab was tasty, I wouldn't order from them again because it was just a small amount of chicken and then a bunch of yucky carbs. The hummus was truly gross, as was the salad. I couldn't choke down the salad and gave up on the hummus.

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            1. re: Jase

              I tried Kabab Grill a couple of years ago after the rave review in the L.A. Times, but was underwhelmed. I would give them another try, but they don't deliver. Sofra delivers through Fluc. It was a shame because the kabab itself, what little there was, was decent.

              1. re: omotosando

                Interesting. I used to go to Sofra until I tried Kabab. I generally do pick up, no delivery isn't a factor for me. Perhaps its because we order different things.

                I like the bread better at Kabab. My standard items at Kabab are the hummus, baba ghanoush and the chicken shwarma. I like the safeeha there too even though the hard core purists here knock it.