Kohla Farangi came into existence back in 1993 when a middle-aged baker from Iran was offered a rare opportunity to open a kosher restaurant on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Not having much experience in the restaurant business or with kosher food for that matter, he set out to share the food of his native land with the Jewish community in LA.
Knowing that American Jews were not necessarily used to the aromatic herbs and spices blends of the Middle East he sought to please their palates by adding Chinese food to his menu as well. He adopted the name "Kohla Farangi", literally translated as "foreign hat." He felt the name evoked a sense of uniqueness, something special, extraordinary and new.
Some years later this traditional Persian establishment became "bread and butter" for both Iranians craving for a taste of home and Jews from all walks of life hoping to find a unique taste of kosher LA. The wood-paneled walls and the expansive dining room at Kohla Farangi set the stage for the ultimate Persian feast. Patrons seeking to indulge in Persian fare should look to order the house specialties such as "koobideh", a spiced ground beef kabob and "barg", a kabob of succulent London broil marinated and char-grilled. If chicken is more your fancy, be sure to taste the "chicken with bone” - as the name might suggest, this dish consists of Cornish hen marinated in lemon, fresh herbs and saffron and broiled till tender and juicy. The menu also provides some tasty Chinese dishes. Customer favorites are Orange Chicken and Mongolian Beef.
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Kohla Farangi has a small private room that can be reserved for special occasions, and in a city with limited public transportation the restaurant has a fairly large parking lot for the convenience of its guests. If you want a really special experience that is totally unique to Los Angeles, look no further than the time-honored confines of Kohla Farangi.