Niroj: Hidden Dining Treasure in Agoura Hills

What a delightful surprise to spend an amazing afternoon learning about Kurdish cuisine at Niroj in Agoura Hills from owner Luqman Barwari. Lugman and his staff work with local growers to provide the finest in produce, along with fine meats to create authntic Kurdish dishes. We were all astounded by the home-made nan, lavosh and breads served fresh from Lugman's ovens. The mezze platter was one of the most versatile, colorful and fantastic I have ever experienced. These dishes are slightly familiar in a typical middle eastern sense, but Kurdish cuisine has specialties that are uniquely different than anything any of our group had tasted previously.

Niroj Kurdish Pizza

My favorite beverage was the Delightful Dew (yogurt drink) that was sweet, salty and delicious. This authentic beverage combines ice, yogurt, mint, salt and honey and is really delicious! I will order this again as soon as possible!

Notable entrees at Niroj included Riha chicken, Mele Gej, and lamb Tawe. The meat and chicken dishes were all flavorful and so tender. The kebob of shrimp and beef melted in the mouth, and the lentil soup, rice, spinach and vegetable dishes were so flavorful. Niroj serves a buffet each day for lunch that changes often and offers a varied collection of delicious Kurdish favorites.

The main dining room is perfect for lunch or dinner, and live entertainment is available for special events. The lounge is decorated with imported tables and art, and is a fabulous spot to enjoy appetizers and cocktails before dinner, or just relax on pillows and fill up on a variety of magical small plates with outstanding breads.

Lugan Barwari, Niroj Owner

Their wine menu offers wine from Turkey, Armenia, California, Italy and Lebanon, along with a fine collection of imported beers. Sinful endings include a collection of wonderful desserts to enjoy with Kurdish coffee or tea.

Do treat yourself, friends and family to a delightful experience of Kurdish cuisine at this charming hidden venue in Agoura, where service and kindness is number one, and the dishes are outstanding at reasonable prices.

30313 Canwood Street
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Telephone: +1 818 889 7888

By Bonnie Carroll

About Bonnie Carroll
Bonnie Carroll has been a food/travel/lifestyle writer since 1983. She is the founder & publisher of Bonnie Carroll's Life Bites News -, does travel and food reporting on KZSB1290 radio, and contributes to a variety of national and international travel/lifestyle publications. Her first children's book C.C. Charles was published in 2002 and she is currently working on a second book. Contact her at Contact her at


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