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May 9, 2011 11:53 PM

Persian in Westwood for lunch that won't bury us

I'm taking an out-of-town friend for exotic Persian food in Westwood tomorrow, but I'm worried the scope of dishes at, say, Shamshiri will require that I load a wheelbarrow in the back of the car for our deparure.

Is lunch at Shamshiri as voluminous as dinner? Is there anywhere to recommend for good Persian food (in Westwood) that won't overwhelm our ordinary-sized stomachs?


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  1. almost everything you can order at shamshiri for dinner is served at lunch as part of their, smaller, "lunch specials" menu.
    the prices are lower and the portions are smaller than those at dinner.
    enjoy yourself at shamshiri

    1712 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, CA 90024

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    1. re: westsidegal

      Any time I try an alternative to Shamshiri Grill, I'm disappointed. It's not that the alternatives are bad; it's that Shamshiri Grill is really good.

      Shamshiri Grill
      1712 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

    2. The famous beef sandwich & chicken olivieh sandwich and ash soup at Attari Sandwich Shop make for a fantastic Persian lunch.

      Attari is just across Wilkins from the 7-Eleven.

      Attari Sandwich Shop
      1388 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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      1. re: J.L.

        imho all the soups at attari sandwich shop are great and their shirazi salad is the best in town.

        that said, though, i would not necessarily take an out of town guest there.
        something about the "line up and pay at the counter, then put a number tent on your table for delivery, and plastic/paper being substituted for real silverware and plates" causes me to never opt for them when i'm with guests.

        1. re: westsidegal

          Attari has a more formal sit down restaurant just to the east of the courtyard it is small and intimate. Try the more exotic Kabobs, they are not on the english menu just ask for them. They include Lamb testicle, Kidney, Liver and heart. My favorites are the testicle and heart.

          1. re: trojans

            "My favorites are the testicle and heart." That's what SHE said!

            1. re: Arthur

              If you just turn those two around I'm sure we can work up a piano duet for them...

                1. re: trojans

                  And, to be completely chowcentric, the following is most apropos... "Oh! but your lips were thrilling, much too thrilling, Never before were mine so strangely willing." - as we chowed down on those hearts and balls... ;-D>

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Great! I was leaning more towards "Hearts and Bones" by Paul Simon. Well played Servorg!

          2. re: westsidegal

            I take out of towners to In-N-Out all the time. It just depends how Houndish they are.

            If they're not hi-falootin', I take them to Father's Office (Gads! A pub! More plastic numbers on my table!) also.

        2. Thanks all -- Shamshiri may have been less volumetric than dinner, but it still served two of us for a huge, delicious lunch, two kids for grand after-school snack and dinner as well!


          Shamshiri Restaurant
          19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

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          1. re: aliris

            Glad you enjoyed it. I go to Shamshiri regularly for the lunch specials -- M-F 11:30-3 -- entrees (kabobs, wraps, shawarma, and koobideh (I like the lamb) are $7.95 to 9.95 and consist of one large skewer rather than the dinner portion two. Include a large portions of rice and grilled tomato, onion and pepper, and a choice of salad (I like the shirazi) or soup. Good food, excellent value, civilized service.