Delphi Greek celebrates 36 years in enterprise with extra to come back
By Susan Payne
A “welcome” sign up Greek letters arches over the doorway of Delphi Greek in Westwood unspeakably counting the numerous who’ve entered and dined within the restaurant during the last 35 years.
Aside from up to date menus, the essence of Delphi Greek — a landmark spot for genuine Hellenic delicacies — has gone unchanged since 1985. In a robust first rate from the worldwide pandemic that modified every thing, Delphi has as a substitute change into stronger and busier.
In the course of the pandemic, the restaurant continued to serve genuine Greek meals, feeding hundreds who had been residence locked as a consequence of pandemic restrictions, job losses or who exercised security precautions in opposition to COVID-19 publicity.
“We labored with the neighborhood and the town and served 94,500 particular person meals to native seniors,” stated Roozbeh Farahanipour, Delphi Greek’s president since 2009. “We had been busier than standard, working to feed our neighborhood and seniors.”
Within Delphi Greek are cozy, white-washed stucco partitions and blue accented plaid tablecloths that channel the nationwide colours of Greece and the meals — with substances made out of scratch — mimicking an expertise that may solely be present in Greece.
“That’s how they do it in Greece. We don’t use pre-made meals as a result of we would like our prospects to expertise top quality, freshly made meat, salads, appetizers and Baklava, a conventional Greek dessert,” Farahanipour stated.
In Greek mythology, Delphi, Greece, was residence to a legendary oracle and a significant web site of worship for the god Apollo after he slew the Python. Approaching its 36-year anniversary, Delphi in Westwood has earned recognition from the Senate, the town of Los Angeles, a number of well-known evaluate websites and magazines for doing what they do finest — serving the perfect genuine Greek meals round.
“Delphi is named one of many important enterprise caterers within the Westside, we’ve got served many model corporations throughout the previous couple of years together with indivuals enterprise lunches and occasions,” Farahanipour stated.
On the menu, Delphi’s namesake signature dish is a mix plate with moussaka pastitsio, spanakopita, tiropitakia and keftedakia, dolmades, rice and greens. One other namesake, Souvlaki, is a fillet mignon and hen primarily based skewer set, marinated in olive oil and Greek herbs, boiled to perfection.
Not a fan of hen? Order the filet mignon Souvlaki with two beef skewers as a substitute of 1. For a extra conventional expertise, Delphi serves each a Gyro plate with its favourite, freshly made tzatsikis sauce, pita, tomato and onion. For a extra leftover-friendly dish, order a Kefte plate, or six do-it-yourself Greek meatballs.
Delphi affords six bread alternatives together with burgers, hen dishes, seafood, breakfast, falafels, desserts and vegetarian choices with modest costs starting from $6 to $37. Even the water is an genuine Greek selection of glowing and flat, the type you’d have in in Greece amongst locals.
“All through the years, we’ve at all times upgraded and made every thing higher. More often than not, we’ve got knowledgeable chef that trains our workers,” Farahanipour stated. Within the close to future, Farahanipour is flying a chef from Greece to Los Angeles to degree up that coaching.
“We have now numerous reminiscences and numerous achievements. We’ll proceed to serve our neighborhood with wonderful meals!” he stated.
Delphi sits about 50 individuals indoors at its restaurant and bar. Farahanipour stated he’s even met individuals who’ve come to the restaurant for its shark tank positioned close to the bar.
“Individuals come and take selfies with the sharks on a regular basis,” he stated.