Monday, October 4, 2010

Attari Sandwich Shop

Although few can deny the pleasure of a budget-busting four-star meal prepared by a celebrity chef, fewer still can argue with a filling, wallet friendly meal at a restaurant that feels like it's "your little secret"-- one's go-to hole-in-the-wall meal. Attari Sandwich Shop in Westwood is one of those restaurants.

Almost hidden from view by shrubbery and palm trees, the tiny Attari specializes in Persian sandwiches. The interior, with its handful of tables that occupy as much space as the display case and refrigerator, feels cozy, and the prevalence of menus and signs displayed in Farsi gives one the sense that Attari prides itself on an authentic, home-cooked style--so authentic, in fact, that I had to whip out an iPhone to Google the dishes during my first visit.

Attari Sandwich Shop

Attari Sandwich Shop

One of Attari's specialties is osh ($4.95), a hearty lentil soup topped with caramelized onions and yogurt sauce. The soup's thick consistency is almost stew-like, and each spoonful delivers a complex mix of flavors and textures with a tangy kick that wakes up your tastebuds. Although categorized as an "appetizer/side," the dish is sizeable and filling enough to serve as an entree or to be shared.

Osh @ Attari Sandwich Shop

The chicken kotlet sandwich ($6.75) features a patty made of shredded chicken, grated potatoes and breadcrumbs which is flavored with spices, including tumeric. The mild flavors and soft textures of the chicken and potato are bolstered by the zing and the crunch of sliced pickles. This simple but comforting sandwich always delivers.

Chicken Kotlet Sandwich @ Attari Sandwich

Although olivieh may have its roots in Russian cooking, the cold salad made with chicken (or vegetables), finely chopped eggs, peas, dill and mayonnaise is popular in Persian dining. The olivieh sandwich ($6.75) reminds one of a chicken salad sandwich with a twist-- a more satisfying bite in terms of both flavors and textures.

Chicken Olivieh Sandwich @ Attari Sandwich

On my most recent visit, my friend ordered the tongue sandwich ($7.99). Although my one bite was admittedly a timid one, I was surprised by how incredibly tender the meat was--akin to pulled pork.

Tongue Sandwich @ Attari Sandwich Shop

Attari also serves several Persian desserts, but I usually find myself full after just half of my sandwich, which, if you do the math, comes out to just over $3.00 per half. For its cozy vibe and delicious, filling food that doesn't break the bank, Attari is at the top of my list of favorite, no frills restaurants.

Attari Sandwich Shop1388 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 441-5488

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  1. I really wish this place had this on its walls.

  2. I've been meaning to visit this place for the beef tongue sandwich...will have to go soon!