In 2010, the City of Los Angeles officially recognized the intersection of Westwood Boulevard and Wilkins Avenue as Persian Square to celebrate the local community of Persian residents and businesses (aka Little Persia). "Persian Square" also refers to the area between Wilshire and Pico Boulevards, which includes numerous Persian restaurants along Westwood.
Padma Lakshmi explores Persian Square in “Where The Kabob is Hot,” from Season 1 of her Taste the Nation series on Hulu. Padma visits Shamshiri Grill and makes kabob with chef-owner Hamid Mosavi, who says, “Kabob shows love and care, and brings people together.”
As Padma told Weekend Edition on NPR: "I love the kebabs at Shamshiri Grill. I love anything from that Iranian restaurant. It's wonderful if you're ever in Los Angeles. Go to Shamshiri Grill."
Along with the fantastic kabobs, Shirin Polo is a must: white or brown basmati rice is mixed with slivered almonds, pistachios, and orange peels in a sweet saffron sauce, and served with a choice of chicken or lamb shank. The popular lamb neck is only available as an option on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Another can't-miss is Tahchin, available Tuesday through Thursday - baked basmati rice cake layered with chicken or lamb, eggs, yogurt, saffron and topped with sautéed barberries.
Chef Mosavi offers a variety of vegan dishes, including Bamieh (Okra Stew), Curry, Kabob, Shirin Polo and many more.