Agoura Hills, a crown jewel of the Conejo Valley, is best known for great mountain biking and hiking on both sides of the 101 freeway. As I’m learning, the tiny city also has a relatively diverse culinary roster. Maral Cuisine prepared one of my favorite Agoura Hills meals to date.
Shahnam Ebrajimi’s restaurant debuted in early 2011 in Twin Oaks Shopping Center, with a name translating from Farsi as “deer.” The corner space resides is on the classy end of the spectrum, with light yellow walls sporting abstract hangings and grand chandeliers.
Trout, normally $15.95, costs only $12.95 at lunch and even comes with a choice of soup or salad. Go with well-spiced lentil soup. The butterflied fish bathes in lemon juice, saffron, olive oil, and a bit of black pepper before being grilled. The juicy, flaky results come with a generous pile of sabzi polo (herbed rice), grilled tomato and pepper, aromatic mint leaves, and crunchy raw onions. Squeeze lime wedges over the vibrant fish to add even more brightness.