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Persian in Westwood for lunch that won't bury us

aliris May 9, 2011 11:53 PM

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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    aliris May 14, 2011 03:48 PM

    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
      nosh May 16, 2011 06:51 PM

      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.

    2. J.L. May 10, 2011 12:14 AM

      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.
        westsidegal May 10, 2011 06:40 AM

        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
          trojans May 10, 2011 08:36 AM

          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
            Arthur May 10, 2011 10:29 AM

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

            1. re: Arthur
              Servorg May 10, 2011 11:10 AM

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

              1. re: Servorg
                trojans May 10, 2011 03:26 PM

                Hearts and balls?

                1. re: trojans
                  Servorg May 10, 2011 03:32 PM

                  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
                    trojans May 10, 2011 07:38 PM

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

          2. re: westsidegal
            J.L. May 10, 2011 12:11 PM

            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. westsidegal May 10, 2011 12:10 AM

          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
            sushigirlie May 10, 2011 09:32 PM

            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

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