I’ve been hearing a lot about Dr. Laffa recently, and its new ‘dine-in’ location so I have finally made it out for dinner with a friend this past week.
What makes Dr. Laffa special? It is the laffa, which is a crispy flatbread seasoned with za’atar, made in a tabun oven. The best part is it’s complimentary – think of it as the Iraqi version of a bottomless bread basket. You can eat as much as you want! We ended up eating two.
The new location offers an extended menu, with a full selection of appetizers, main courses and desserts.
Along with the laffa bread, you’re served a number of complimentary appetizers mainly consisting of marinated vegetable dishes with white cabbage, purple cabbage, corn, carrots, pickles and olives. Some sweet, others sour and spicy.
If that wasn’t enough, you also get delicious dipping sauces skhug and amba.
We found eight different varieties of humus to choose from, so I went for sautéed mushroom humus. I truly enjoyed this dish.
For the main course, the main choices are shawarma, kabab or other grilled meats. We ordered lamb chops.
With your dinner you get to choose a side of french fries, potato or vegetables. The lamb was made to perfection, just as I expected. Fair warning, if you are not into fatty meat on the bone, I would not recommend you order this dish.
We tried the grilled eggplant. The skin was overly charred, but the eggplant was very soft and tasty.
The meal was very filling, definitely a great dinner. I also liked the “family” atmosphere. The food was good but a bit pricey ($28 for the lamb), but overall, I would still recommend this place.
Dr. Laffa Restaurant
44 Magnetic Dr