by janet on October 13th, 2008

Simon: Wanna go to Darya?

Janet: YES OMGOMGOMG onyooooons!  Butterrrrrrz!

What could cause me to lapse into such inane lolspeak?  Well, Simon and I are somewhat obsessed with Darya on Santa Monica & Bundy, because of the traditional Persian version of bread and butter to start. It’s a concoction of flatbread, Alta Dena (apparently) butter cubes, raw onions, and some sprinkleable spice stuff.

You know, we’re probably not even doing it right. What we have agreed upon, and what tastes good to us, is the following:

1. Slice raw onion into tiny, bite-size slivers.  May even require a vertical cut (difficult but doable with the butter knife).

2. Put pats of butter onto flatbread.

3. Squish aforementioned onion slivers into butter to secure.

4. Sprinkle with the spices (they’re in that kind of jar where you’re used to seeing parmesan and oregano inside).

5. Roll up like a mini enchilada.

6. Eat – probably close to 10 or 20 of them.



Seriously, we always go through the entire basket of flatbread, all of the butter, and very nearly all of the raw onion, not caring who the fuck we might make out with later.

Neither do we care much about the actual food – a complete afterthought.  Ironic, because the first time we went there they screwed up and served us the wrong entrees, so we got to keep them and also eat the actual entrees we ordered – 4 total!  Whee!



The last time I was there I ordered Fesenjon – the glorious Persian stew with walnut and pomegranate and served with a side of basmati rice. It is sour and sweet and nutty and just fabulous. Not that I have any room at all, ever, to eat anything I order for real.  And then usually we go over to Simon’s house (walking distance!) and I store the leftovers in his fridge and promptly forget about them, only to go “DAMNIT NOT AGAIN!!” later on in the day when I’m already home.  Nuts!

12130 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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