Attari Grill: Stepping Up Persian Culinary Efforts in Westwood

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Attari Grill builds on sandwich shop success to serve more ambitious Persian fare.

Attari Grill is the snazzier spinoff of Attari Sandwich Shop from Ayla Sadaghiani, husband Mike Sadaghiani and mother in law Parvin Sadaghiani. The sandwich shop has a tree-lined patio and specializes in sandwiches and soups like kuku and ash while the grill has all of those dishes, plus a panoply of kabobs, Persian stews and one remarkable soup, making Attari a star in the Westwood neighborhood known as Tehrangeles.


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Tah-dig ($9.95) comes on saffron stained basmati rice and includes a choice of two stews, making this a remarkable value considering the stews cost $12 each.

Earthy Gheymeh Bademjon featured beef chunks and split peas cooked with tomato sauce; and Ghormeh Sabsi brought more brightness to the plate. Sure there were beef chunks and kidney beans, but also cilantro, parsley, herbs and lemon.

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At its core, Attari is a grill, and it’s wise to order some kabobs, my favorite being Koobideh ($12.50).

They served skewers of seasoned prime ground beef with special tart barberry rice and a colorful but staid salad.

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Barg Fillet ($17.95) is another winner starring seared marinated tenderloin strips.

Try both preparations with the Beef Combo or opt for Chicken Kabob ($14.50), with juicy dark meat, saffron stained basmati rice, and a squeeze of lime.

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Seafood isn’t Attari’s focus, though Rainbow Trout ($15.50) is solid, butterflied and bronzed via pan-frying, probably for a bit too long, at least during our meal.

It was easy to enjoy the trout’s accompanying sabzi polo, basmati rice seasoned with an enlightening blend of dill, parsley, and cilantro.

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My return trip convinced me that Attari Grill has the upper hand on neighboring restaurants with their Kale Pache ($14.50), a weekend only soup containing tender lamb tongue, cheek and leg, creamy brain chunks, and a cinnamon dusting.

Squeeze on lime and spoon pungent house-made pickles called torshi and offal lovers will find funky bliss.

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Adas Polo with Cornish Hen ($17.950) features a whole bird partially submerged in a tomato-based that’s fairly juicy, but adas polo is the star attraction, savory-sweet basmati rice tossed with lentils, raisins, dates and marble-sized beef meatballs.

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My favorite Attari stew to date, Gheymeh Bademjon, combines tender eggplant, beef chunks and split peas cooked with tomato sauce. Spooned over rice, this rich stew tasted just right.

There’s so much menu overlap at Los Angeles Persian restaurants that it can be tough for any single spot to stand out. Some places prefer to bake their own bread, others feature more unique cuts of meat like lamb neck. For the most part, Attari Grill sticks to the proven Persian playbook, but they do a better job than most at preparing on those dishes.

Attari Grill: Stepping Up Persian Culinary Efforts in Westwood

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