Friday, March 14, 2008

Raffi's Place, Persian-Armenian for abundance.

The Place to be for Persian-Armenian.

I say Koobideh, you say Luleh!

The mahi mahi was tempting and my neighbor was in a sharing mood, yum.

I've tried this one at home, haven't you? Raffi's is better,though.

Oh alright, its in the basil family.That's not what my Armenian friend told me!!

Dining on Raffi's comfortable patio setting was the perfect way to kick off the change to daylight savings time.Fifteen of us took advantage of the fair weather,and ample amounts of Persian-Armenian cuisine last night in Glendale.Glendale is the Armenian restaurant center in southern California IMHO. All my favorites are here:Caroussel the Lebanese-Armenian experience(best chikufta) , Phoenicia for fine Lebanese-Armenian, Elena's for simple and tasty Greek-Armenian,and Raffi's Place for Persian-Armenian.Mandaloun was an outstanding destination until it was driven into the ground by its impetuous manager, trying to change the menu and turn it into a jazz club!There are other great Armenian restaurants in other communities, but Glendale has the most quality locations.

It was all about the kebobs last night.We had Koobideh, barg, shish,baghalli polo(lamb),rack of lamb, and mahi mahi on our end of the table.I ordered the barg which was seasoned to perfection along with the Persian influenced basmati rice and the grilled whole tomato and Anaheim pepper.With Raffi's portions you needn't order any appetizers, but there are so good.I shared a yogurt and Moussir with my immediate neighbors, a mezze of yogurt and shallots.All the kebabs were excellent, tender, and bursting with spice and tradition. The filet mignon was my favorite taste of the bunch.Thanks for all the sharing,ladies!

The Persian influence was evident in the different mezze(yogurt and Moussir,lobie,tourshi,and garlic tourshi), the Persian style rice, the seasoning on the kebobs, and the terminology.Koobideh instead of Luleh.

Kotayk, my favorite Armenian beer was on the menu so, the night was resplendent.Great friends, heaps of scrumptuous Persian-Armenian fare,Kotayks served in a chilled pilsner glass, and the charm of patio dining made my evening at Raffi's fantastic.I was nice to have company, 15 of us in all, as Armenian dinners are made for friends and family.Merci!!

Raffi's Place

211 E. BroadwayGlendale,CA

(818) 240-7411

Daily 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. Beer and wine.

1 comment:

heals. said...

Is that bok choy in the last picture?