Last night I intended to pick up the spinach appetizer at Lala Rokh and ended up at the bar for my own little party. This place is a gem. I haven’t been here in months but Janet the bartender makes you feel like family at the 4-seat bar. Appetizers are the way to go. Prices at $7-8 each. In each of these there’s some spice that makes it unique; it’s beyond my palate to figure out.
These two I can’t recommend enough:
"Borani- E Esfenaj" - sauteed spinach, caramelized onions, with walnuts and homemade yogurt. When I get this craving it must be appeased.
"Loubia Sabz" - blanched green beans, fresh dill, cubed jalapeno peppers, cooked with a creamy lime dressing. This was surprisingly spicy and addictive. Highly recommend.
This had interesting flavor, literally a moist spice cake, but I’d order something different next time. The first word should've warned me to get something else:
"Kookoo Bademjan" - flourless roasted eggplant and spice cake served with persian shallot yogurt.
I didn’t get this, but apparently it’s one of the most popular. One of the guys at the bar mentioned it specifically as his favorite, and then a regular came in and his first question was whether they’d set aside an order for him:
"Dolmeh Kado" - zucchini stuffed with ground beef and yellow split pea, cooked in a light tomato sauce with yogurt.