We're all familiar with kebab restaurants, with dozens of choices in the Glendale/Burbank area alone. But how many of us have gone deeper into their menus to savor some of the more complex and savory dishes of the Mediterranean and African countries?
You will do well to try the Shekarchi Restaurant, a newcomer to Glendale and part of a chain of three in the Los Angeles area. I was eager to try its version of Persian stew — Ghormeh Sabzi — chunks of beef marinated for more than a day, then simmered with red kidney beans and a variety of tasty herbs. This is said to be the national dish of Iran, and can also be made with lamb, but Shekarchi prefers to show off the beef, which is so tender it melts in your mouth.
I am pretty sure onions were used, but they were so well simmered and blended into the dish that there was absolutely no sharpness or bitter taste. The stew is so tasty, you'll want to take it in slowly, in small bites, allowing the subtle marinade and essence of wine to linger in your mouth as long as possible.