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West LA Persian Recs for Group of 14

vinosnob Apr 7, 2009 01:19 PM

I'm putting together a dinner for a group of 14-16 people and Persian food might fit the bill for the occasion.

Here are the parameters:

- must have space/table to seat 14-16 people (don't want separate tables)

- located in West LA (preferably Westwood)

- Casual vibe, moderate prices ($15-$25 entree)

- Bargain corkage policy (<$15/bottle)

My first thought was Shamshiri Grill, but I don't think they have the space or tables to accomdate a group of this size.

I'd like to avoid Italian and Mexican cuisine.


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    hungryhyena Apr 10, 2009 06:43 PM

    I think Javan over the others as well. I think it has been more consistent in recent years than Shamshiri or Shahrezad. I haven't eaten at Flame, I've only gotten a takeout lunch there one time and it was pretty good.

    1. tablefor1 Apr 10, 2009 12:14 PM

      better - Baran on Westwood, between Olympic and Santa Monica. They have plenty of space. The service is not rushed like at Shamshiri. The cooking is good and authentic and tasty.

      Westwood, CA, Westwood, CA

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        coco puff Apr 8, 2009 03:40 PM

        Flame has AWESOME persian food. on westwood blvd. better quality than the others

        1. Servorg Apr 7, 2009 07:48 PM

          You might check with Javan or Darya.

          11500 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          12130 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

          6 Replies
          1. re: Servorg
            DrBruin Apr 7, 2009 09:30 PM

            No question, Javan is THE best Persian food in So Cal. And, several of my Iranian friends agree.

            1. re: DrBruin
              ronnie_gaucho Apr 10, 2009 12:56 PM

              I'm sorry I have to disagree...Javan isn't even the best persian food on the westside...Sharezad is

              Raffis has the best kebab in socal, by a MILE

              1. re: ronnie_gaucho
                DrBruin Apr 10, 2009 10:27 PM

                Okay, I'll amend my statement. It's the best Persian restaurant that I've been to and several of my Persian friends have been to on the Westside.

                1. re: DrBruin
                  ronnie_gaucho Apr 11, 2009 12:59 AM

                  Totally respect your opinion...But I've lived in Los Angeles for 30 years and yes, I'm also persian...just thought I'd chime in ;-)

            2. re: Servorg
              a_and_w Apr 8, 2009 10:07 AM

              Love Javan, which I think would be perfect, but I'm not such a fan of Darya. Regarding Shamshiri, the patio can probably accommodate you like WSG says, though the service and kitchen seem pretty overwhelmed of late.

              1. re: a_and_w
                westsidegal Apr 10, 2009 06:39 PM

                was there today, and i once again saw that tired-looking, somewhat translucent shairazi salad.
                this time i didn't order it, but i'm saddened that it looks like the decline in salad quality that i experienced the last time i was there may not have been a fluke.
                still, i adore so many of the other things on their menu (vegetarian gormeh sabzi, hummus, adas polo made with brown rice, their soups) that i'll surely continue to go there anyway.
                when i have a yen for shirazi salad, i'll go up the street to attari sandwich shop.

            3. westsidegal Apr 7, 2009 01:25 PM

              i believe that shamshiri would be able to set you up in the patio area.

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              1. re: westsidegal
                Cinnamon Apr 7, 2009 07:16 PM

                Shamshiri is so good it would be worth asking and arranging, certainly fits the rest of the bill.

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