Salads finally won Dish Of The Month!
This made us do an impromptu bang-bang-bang-bang (interspersed with multiple visits to some of these places). Started with…
Tabuli (Chopped Parsley Salad and Herbs, Mixed with Cracked Wheat & Diced Tomatoes, Lemon Juice & Extra Virgin Olive Oil):
It seems Tabuli (or Tabbouleh) is a dish found in many countries around the Mediterranean, and the taste seems to vary (sometimes dramatically). Shamshiri’s version is heavy on the Parsley and Lemon Juice, a touch too citrusy for my tastes, but it’s still refreshing and bright (and a nice cool starter during this heat wave).
Shirazi Salad (Diced Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions & Parsley with House Lemon & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Dressing):
Refreshingly cool and perfect for the heat wave! I liked the combination of the Diced Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Parsley and Onions, and the Lemon wasn’t as overpowering as it was in the Tabuli Salad.
The rest of our meal with pics are here in this thread.
Shamshiri Grill (Westwood)
1712 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Tel: (310) 474-1410
House NV Rose:
Insalata Rossa with Bacon, Egg & Pecorino:
This was a bold, big flavor Salad: I love bitter greens, so the Radicchio was perfect, providing a bitter, vegetal note to every bite, but it’s balanced out by the slight fattiness from the Semi-Soft-Boiled Egg, and the fresh, fried bits of Bacon (still crispy!), and the funk of fresh grated Pecorino Cheese.
641 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 297-0101
Pargiot Plate (Grilled Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Onion, served with Hummus, Israeli Salads, White Cabbage, Parsley and Pita Bread):
While technically a meat dish, their selection of Israeli Salads outshine the Chicken in some ways. This dish wouldn’t be half as good without the amazing Salads added to it!
Thanks to @LAgirl for the recommendation, their Pargiot in full Plate form is a huge portion of fresh Grilled Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Onions and a plentiful selection of various Israeli Salads.
Their Beet Salad is fresh and earthy, just the right amount of natural sweetness, and I really liked their Spiced Carrot Salad, which had an almost Curry-like seasoning throughout. Their Pickles were nice and crunchy and tart.
But it’s their Red Cabbage Salad that stole my attention and refused to let go! It looks rather simple, but Ta-Eem’s version is bordering on magic: The crispness and slight crunch from the fresh Red Cabbage, the inherent vegetal “spiciness” mixed with a bit of creamy from the Mayo, but then elevated from boring with Fresh Garlic and other Herbs.
This is like the best “Cole Slaw” we’ve had in years!
Their White Cabbage Salad…
… was OK, but maybe a bit too acidic.
Housemade Hummus is wonderfully creamy (no dairy), smooth and well-seasoned. Really tasty.
So you take some juicy morsels of the Grilled Chicken Thighs, some of the Grilled Onions and Garlic, add it to the amazing, fresh, warm, toasty, fluffy Pita…
Mix in your favorite Israeli Salads and some of the Housemade Hummus, and you have a bite of pure joy!
The rest of our visits and meals with pics can be found here in this thread.
(Open Sunday - Friday Afternoon. Closed Friday Evening and Saturdays.)
7422 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Tel: (323) 944-0013
Due to Salads finally winning Dish Of The Month, we thought it was time for a visit to Animal. While initially sounding like an oxymoron (with Animal being famous for its tribute to all things meaty and of an animal), one of the best Salads we had last year was at Animal(!), with the phenomenal Winter Citrus Salad with Yuzu Kosho. So we couldn’t wait to go back and see what was in season and new on the menu…
The space is still as simplistic and minimalistic as its opening days, but it’s quite a bit brighter and cheery for Brunch.
Heirloom Tomato Salad (Sweet Corn, Shiitake, Onikasu, Maggi Ranch):
It is definitely local Tomato season, and this Salad was really interesting: Bright, lightly sweet and tart baby Heirloom Tomatoes are mixed with some beautifully sweet Corn Kernels, atop a bed of a Housemade Maggi Ranch Dressing, that’s lighter than typical “Ranch,” but it’s got an interesting savory flavor to it (I’m guessing the Maggi Sauce). But it’s their Housemade Onikasu (a Japanese Spice mixture) that changes this Salad into something more. There’s a slight heat to Animal’s Onikasu, but it isn’t as crazy-hot as Tsujita Annex’s version (which really kicks up the heat).
Gem Lettuce Salad (Beet, Feta, Pita, Sumac, Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette):
This is their seasonal replacement for the Winter Citrus Salad we had previously. While we were sad that their Winter Salad was gone (understandable given the seasons), this Gem Lettuce Salad was a worthy replacement.
The Gem Lettuces were so crisp, cool and fresh! The Beets added tiny bits of sweetness, but their inclusion of Watermelon Radish, Sumac, and a nice light funkiness from the Feta Cheese made it even better. But the biggest surprise were the absolutely delicious crunchy nuggets of goodness known as their Toasted Pita bits, serving as “Croutons” for this salad. They were extremely fragrant (fresh toasted), with that beautiful aroma that fresh toast has.
The Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette brought everything together (not too tart acidic like standard Lemon). A fantastic Salad!
The rest of our brunch with pics can be found here in this thread.
435 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: (323) 782-9225