I have been beguiled for a number of months by the renovation of this building south of SM on Westwood and the sign that said New Restaurant coming (or something like that). Todays lunch was our first try and it will be the last - for sure.
Gorgeous room - looks like a nightclub with patterned carpet, heavy chairs, designer lighting and lots of interesting panels.
Too bad the food and service does not match. I ordered the lamb shank with dill rice - a fatty overcooked limb arrived with pretty mundane rice (my neighbor makes much better rice so I'm spoiled), Mme Zoe ordered the shish kabab which was supposed to be filet minon but was some other part of the cow, plain rice, good tomato. No salad, came with the meal.
I am still mourning the passing of Sherkachi the icon of all Persian restaurants. However, Shamshiri in my view has pulled up its sox lately and we have had a few good meals there and good service.
Not so at Baran; only one table besides us (it was after 2pm) and we waited 10 minutes for a menu and water after a server brought us the bread, mint butter and a little slab of cheese. An overdressed pomaded young man who I guess was the waitperson, was busy not explaining what was available and then had to be lassooed to get the bill, told us there was no coffee and then overcharged us on dessert. This is the only time in the last 25 years that I docked a server on the tip and left 10% I was so outraged at his attitude.
The mood - really quite nice, the food no, no, no.