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Review of dinner last night at Darband

Ledbetter | Apr 13, 200603:45 PM

This the Persian restaurant in Tarzana that has had several excellent to glowing reviews here. Sorry to say that my wife and I can't add to them.
I'll start with saying that we were the only non-Persians there and that the attitude toward us was what we both characterized as 'indifferent', certainly not hostile but not welcoming either.
Re the food, after reading the reviews here and via Google, it really sounded great, but...nobody mentioned what it all appeared to taste like, in a word, bland.
We had their version of babaganoosh, and don't remember the Persian name, that came hot and served what appeared to be small cold tortillas, also had their pickled veggies we were told was a 'hot sauce' and were very mild.
For the main course, I ordered the eggplant, beef, split pea stew allegedly with saffron and if there was any, I'd guess a sprig was waved over the plate! It was excessively bland as was the accompanying rice. My wife ordered the game hen kabob, and was dry in addition to being bland.
I think the best part of the evening was the guitar player who sang what sounded exactly Greek music in what I assume was Farsi.
Anyway, it was 'interesting' and maybe we hit them on a bad night or conceivably we don't understand the cuisine and are criticizing it unduly. Either way...adieu.

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