On Santa Monica Blvd. and Bundy, Darya is a bit removed from the heart of Westwood’s Little Persia, but this is food we will drive across the city to eat. The menu is stacked with assorted skewered meats like barg and koobideh, but your priority should be on the Juicy Chicken and the Naderi kabob, chunks of filet mignon marinated in a house specialty sauce. The meat itself is tremendously tender, but when mixed with the sweet saltiness of the house sauce, extra breaths of euphoria are required in between bites. As for the chicken, it’s light and citrusy on the outside and juicy and savory of the inside - and will remind you what chicken is supposed to taste like. If you’re in the market for some sides, we recommend the kashkeh bademjan. It’s an earthy eggplant dish that comes topped with sauteed garlic, mint, onion, and whey. It’s light and perfect for stealing bites from in between kabob courses.
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