That a meal of kebabs, tabbouleh, and moutabel, served on a silver platter, was a bargain at $15 is only part of the good news at Golden Fork on Santa Monica Boulevard. Here’s the rest: The food is terrific, and there’s lots of it.
The beef kebabs are nicely charred, tender, seasoned with pepper, and served with a red pepper sauce that complements the beef perfectly. The tabbouleh is minty and tasty, while the moutabel has a yogurty snap to it rather than a smokiness. The servings are generous, with plenty of rice and lavash. lil mikey couldn’t finish his meal, but he’ll be back. Everything was very fresh-tasting.
The menu is wide: chicken, pork and lamb kebabs, beef stroganoff, ribs, chops, sturgeon, salmon, and trout. Hummus, tabbouleh, moutabel, and Greek and Armenian salads along with borscht and khash soups make up the side dishes.
The venue is small—only five tables—and the proprietor can speak Russian with you. The entrance is across the street from the northbound 101 exit. (Note: There is another Golden Fork in Van Nuys.)
Golden Fork Restaurant 2 [East San Fernando Valley]
13316 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys
Board Links: Golden Fork–Russian, Armenian, Middle Eastern