Eggplant salad at Nairi's in Hollywood?
Okay, I just had quite possibly the best incarnation of eggplant I've ever tasted. Okay, maybe one of the best incarnations. The place is called Nairi's market on Hollywood blvd., adjacent to Nairi's (I'm guessing by what I could understand in broken english) that the big place up front is just a catering/event place. The market in the back is a gem of a butcher shop/deli/market. They make a cold salad that (from what I can tell) has roasted eggplant, roasted red and yellow bell peppers, olive oil and walnuts. Is this some national Armenian culinary treasure that I've missed all these years, or is it just something wonderful that they have whipped up and is their little secret? If anyone knows how to make this cold vegetable salad, let me know . . . . I'll make the rest of the dinner and bring it to you!!!
5065 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
As a matter of fact, I did. I was having lunch over at CBS with some friends that had ordered a bunch of food from there for take out. I had what was possibly the best lamb chops I've ever had. Simply prepared, and grilled, they were like little lamb "pops", with 2 or 3 bites each. So of course, I inquired at the market, and I couldn't quite understand the gentleman, but from what I gathered, they have to have advanced notice, and like I said the big restaurant up front is for catering and events. Their meat market in the back is quite nice.