Asal Bakery

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Photograph: Jade Chang
Asal Bakery
Photograph: Jade Chang
Asal Bakery
Woodland Hills

Fresh sangak—a giant (seriously, it’s table-sized!), chewy, sesame flatbread—brings Persian families from all over the San Fernando Valley into this Ventura Boulevard café. You can watch bakers spreading out the sticky dough and slapping it into the large round ovens while you’re breakfasting on one of Asal’s simplest pleasures: asal & sarshir, cultured cream and honey spread on warm squares of the sangak. The more adventurous will want a bowl of kalleh pacheh, a lamb brain stew that’s often enjoyed family style. Looking for a good middle ground? Try the ash reshteh, a thick bean and noodle soup topped with a fried onion and mint mixture that’s equally substantive. Added bonus: You can catch up on all the latest Persian music videos, playing on the TV above the door.

Venue name: Asal Bakery
Address: 20008 Ventura Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-10pm; Sat, Sun 8am-10pm
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