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Salt and Pepper Cuisine

20969 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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Photo: Anne Fishbein Kashk bademjan at Salt and Pepper Cuisine.


  • Sun 11am-12am, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-2am
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Salt and Pepper, which opened in Woodland Hills in March, takes the traditional, upscale Persian restaurant and gives it a new, sleek spin. Like much at Salt & Pepper, the fesenjan — the dark Iranian stew of chicken, pomegranate and walnuts — was good but not outstanding, the dark bitterness of the walnuts a little overpowered by the pomegranate's sweetness, the magical balance of the dish not quite right. The ash reshteh, the little-bit-of-everything bean and herb soup, also was slightly less hearty and comforting than other versions I've had around town, though the kashk-o bademjan, that gloriously thick spread of eggplant and caramelized shallots drizzled in whey, was as rich and sweet and tangily addictive as any. —Besha Rodell

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