Sabzee Mediterranean Market Treats Encino to Trout

Sabzee Mediterranean Market, an Encino grocery store, bakery and café from Hoss Zadeh, serves great fried trout.

Sabzee Mediterranean Market, a pan-Med grocery store, butcher shop, bakery and café with an olive green awning, debuted in Encino in 2014. Owner Hoss Zadeh has an octopus-like handle on all of Sabzee’s facets. If you were to visit just for the bumpy, house-baked sangak bread or charcoal-grilled meats, you’d be in good shape. Let’s focus on the twin rows of steam tables, which host a rotating array of stews, rice dishes and proteins.

If you’re lucky, Sabzee will even serve their stupendous trout plate. For $10.99, they serve a juicy, skin-on trout filet marinated with garlic, salt, black pepper and saffron, which stains the fish yellow. Each slab is coated in a light dusting of whole-wheat flour, deep-fried and plated on a bed of fluffy basmati rice that’s tossed with fava beans and herbs (sabzee). If you ask nicely, the counterman may also toss in a swath of chewy, pliable sangak. Take your Styrofoam container on the road or grab a seat at an olive green table on the front patio.

17461 Ventura Blvd., Encino, 818-745-1313

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