Fire-roasted meats and harmonious spice blends. Homemade piyas and hesandin atop fresh-baked flatbread. Organic, locally-sourced produce on one end, ingredients straight from Armenia on the other. Nearly everything made in-house by a staff as warm and welcome as close family.
Niroj gives you good reason to visit the Valley.
For those unfamiliar, Kurdish cuisine stems from parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria. Paralleling everything to love about Mediterranean food, this exotic fare boasts bold, earthy undertones that distinguish themselves from your classic Greek or Middle Eastern tastes. Kurdish fine dining is a tough find, even in a cultural melting pot like LA. Niroj still goes the extra mile, however, ensuring that your experience is as genuine as can be this side of the Atlantic.
Niroj’s authenticity comes from owner Luqman Barwari. Originally from Iraq, this ex-Amgen scientist made a dramatic career switch when he decided to pursue his passion for food. His natural attention to detail sets high standards for flavor, atmosphere and service, and his team executes on all of them to a T.
Start your meal off with the rolled borek, a heavenly combination of feta and parsley deep-fried in filo dough—essentially spanakopita on steroids. Homemade riha ezme and baba ghanoush are top ‘cold mezze’ picks, but you can never go wrong with the hummus either. The salads are all made with fresh, organic produce grown just a few miles away.
For mains, it’s a happy problem to stress between shish kebab and riha kebab. The shish kebabs hold hearty chunks of lamb and chicken dripping with marinade, while the riha are ground meats with a luscious texture and zesty herb blend. The tawes, or slow-cooked stews with meat, vegetables and farmer’s market tomato sauce, are another Kurdish indulgence.
Make this your time to try Turkish wine: you will be pleasantly surprised by Yakut’s power to pair with nearly everything. You also can’t leave without sipping Niroj’s amazing house-blend tea with homemade sugar [ask for the pot to stay at the table], and perhaps a sweet kunefe or baklava to finish. And while the restaurant is homey throughout, the ‘traditional Kurdish’ section transforms your meal into a true cultural escape.
Local and looking for lunch? You’re in luck as well! Niroj just opened up a weekday lunch buffet, where fine dining takes on a casual price point with the same amazing taste.
Niroj is located at 30313 Canwood St, Agoura Hills, CA 91301. Open for dinner Tues – Thurs 5 – 9 p.m., Fri/Sat 4 – 10:30 p.m., Sunday 4 – 9 p.m. Lunch buffet Tues – Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Happy hour Tues – Fri 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Average price for appetizer, entrée, dessert and 1 – 2 drinks is ~$51/person. Lunch buffet $10.95/person, $6 for kids under 10. For reservations and more information, call (818) 889-7888 or visit Niroj online.