Has Anyone Tried the Persian Restaurant Across from PCC?
I was lamenting to a friend that although I like Armenian/Lebanese food which is the predominant form of Middle Eastern cuisine in Pasadena/Glendale, I really really like Persian and Israeli more because of the greater selection of vegetables/salads. It was then brought to my attention that there is a Persian restaurant across from PCC. I have not seen it mentioned on any of the recent threads about Middle Eastern food so I thought I would throw my question out there. Has anyone tried Heidar Baba? If so, what do you think?
Heidar Baba is quite good - the first halal Persian place in L.A., I think, although several have since followed suit. The kebabs are fine, but the best food is the stews, which are tricky to find on the menu. Ask at the counter - they'll tell you the three or four that have been made that day. My favorite is the karafs, with celery, but all of them are pretty decent.
I tried heidar baba awhile back. I ordered one of the more traditional persian dishes: zeresh polo. barberry mixed in with basmati rice, grilled tomato, chicken and grilled onion. it was very very similar to a kebab plate i would normally order elsewhere with the exception of the barberry, which reminded me of dried cranberries, only smaller and softer (less chewy and dried). in taste, it was tart/sweet. boyfriend ordered filet kabobs.
i guess the best way to explain it is that it was just not memorable nor did it make us want to return. although we always dream of raffi's rice and their koobideh, i don't ever think about heidar baba twice.