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)
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!