Location: 12130 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025. (310) 442-9000
Date: November 16, 2015
Rating: Overdone decor, solid food
LA has a tremendous Persian population, and with it a great collection of Persian restaurants.
Darya is located on Santa Monica Blvd, just across the street from Echigo.
Kashkeh Bademjan. Sauteed eggplants blended with yogurt, topped with caramelized onions, fried garlic, mint oil, and creamy kashk (whey) sauce.
Fesenjon. Slow-boiled chicken topped with a ground walnut-pomegranate stew, served with a side of Zereshk Polo, steamed white rice mixed with barberries.
The stew is sort of halfway to a curry, a slurry of pomegranate and walnut. It’s delicious over rice. It’s spiced without being even slightly spicy, which is typical of Persian cuisine.
The last time I was here before this was perhaps in 2004, and this was just a quick visit, but I’ll have to come back and sample the a wider selection of the menu. I like how you can sub out the regular rice for these more interesting rice combos too.