40 Magnetic Dr.
Finch and Dufferin
Sunday to Friday , 9.30 am to 7.00pm. They must close earlier on Friday during the early sunset seasons because they have
Badatz (!) kosher certification.
Veg with lots vegan because of the cooking culture rather than ideology.
A laffa is a middle-eastern flat bread which corresponds to an Indian naan. The "Dr." in Dr. Laffa means in Israeli English that the place specializes in the thing and claims to make it to a high level.
Iraqui style Israeli.
A taste from home .
Location: In the parking lot horseshoe of an industrial unit complex, Entrance therefrom.
Design. Pragmatic and practical. The back wall at the loading dock has been turned into a store front. Lots of parking in the horseshoe.
Decor and layout. You are in Israel. Big yellow and black mural of the Beitar Jerusalem footbal club logo; too complicated to go into Kuni Lemel on other wall. Open service area and ovens, a bunch of tables and chairs. Only a small part of the industrial unit is used for the restaurant . The rest is randomly littered with stuff.
Staff. Waitress is "Russian" and tries too hard.. Owner is Iraqui from Jerusalem.
Customers . All Israeli when I was there and only Hebrew was spoken. Staff speaks passable English.
Food. Hummus (three ways), falafel, shashuka (eggs in a tomato based sauce), sabih (eggplant , hard boiled egg and more, but remember, black egg), lots of "salads".
Specials, Tuesday Couscous ($10), Thursday-Friday Moroccan fish ($12).
Ambiance. Informal with a vengence.
I had the salad combo plate. Six - eight (I forget) "salads" on one plate, plus a blackened (authentic, I left it) hard boiled egg. I asked for one falafel ball as an extra, they put it on the plate. The plate came with a freshly made laffa with a choice of toppings. I specified zatar, a herb mixture.
The salads were freshly made and good. I don't know anything about Iraqui cooking, but I know a bit about Lebanese. I prefer Lebanese style. The laffa was good but I prefer laffa and pita made with a flour that is less white, without it being whole wheat. They make a whole wheat laffa as well; next time. The falafel is in a heavy style, I prefer a lighter falafel. These are not criticisms; I am only stating my tastes and describing the cooking.
Total cost : $6 including tax. Enough to eat for lunch.
A good chowish experience. I will be back .
I am told that they will soon be moving across the street and opening a meat restaurant (meaning , no dairy). I hope they don't ruin it by becoming complicated and expensive.