What to order at Shamshiry Grill.
(It's spelled Shamshiri Grill by the way. A link is below.)
The lamb shank fesenjan might be my favorite food on the planet. It's a rich, tart puree involving pomegranate/walnut on a falling-off-the-bone lamb shank. It's served with rice I believe. Soooo good. If you aren't sensitive to eating raw onions and such, the Panir o Sabzi appetizer is terrific, especially when it's warm out. It's cold big chops of onion and fresh herbs, radishes, walnuts and tomatoes with a really nice (I mean that) flat-wrap type flour thing, served with feta cheese and butter. Shake the dark red powder at the table (sumac I think?) on it.
For dessert, I definitely recommend rose ice cream. They call theirs Persian Ice Cream (rosewater, saffron and pistachios). It was so good I stopped at the Persian deli down the street and bought a half-gallon of rose ice cream and some rose jam to apply to it, heated.
If you order rice separately from a main course or get a choice, I always love barberry rice... little tart berries in the rice, perfect balance.
1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
I have only tasted the grilled items at Shamshiri, not the braised or stewed ones, so my advice is limited. Their ground beef that is seasoned and grilled on skewers, the koobideh, is good-tasting and combines the crusty exterior with the more juicy center, and is a large, satisfying portion. I prefer their chicken shawarma to their beef -- it is more moist. Almost everything at Shamshiri is served in very generous portions with huge mounds of rice and grilled veggies. You may be tempted to share but don't -- their prices are more than reasonable, they impose a split fee if they sense a party trying to get away cheaply, and it makes them testy. Almost everything travels and reheats ok, so prepare for a feast, share dishes around the table, and enjoy lunch the next day.