Laffa Mid-Eastern Restaurant and Bar has been one of the best additions to downtown Tulsa in 2013. Located in the ever-booming Brady District, Laffa boasts an eclectic blend of flavors on its menu paired with a classy, relaxing atmosphere. For these reasons and more, Laffa has become one of the most-talked-about places in Tulsa in 2013.
When you visit Laffa, you need to prepare your tastebuds for a different kind of dining experience. Yes, the restaurant features typical Mid-Eastern foods like kebabs, shawarma, and lentil soup (called “Esau Soup” on their menu). But they also boast unique offerings, like the Best Darn Beef Tangine this Side of Casablanca — beef baked for hours with sage, thyme, rosemary, red wine, garlic, roasted tomatoes, onion, cumin, cilantro, parsley, dates, allspice, pomegranate molasses, smoked paprika and honey. I tried the beef tangine during my last visit to Laffa, and it was truly succulent, flavorful, and filling.
My husband was intrigued by a menu item called “The Royale Sultan Burger.” Let’s face it… what guy doesn’t like the prospect of eating a burger that implies he is a Middle Eastern ruler? This huge burger is made with both beef and lamb and served on a sesame seed bun with lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, garlic mint labneh and spicy pomegranate ketchup, with a side of sweet potato za’atar fries (my husband was a good boy, and substituted a salad for the fries, as pictured). This big burger did not disappoint my Royal Sultan.
I can’t praise Laffa’s staple menu items enough. I’ve tried the Chicken Kebabs, and they’re everything you would hope for in barbecued chicken and veggies. I also appreciate that they added avocado to their kebabs. The Strett Shawarma is also exceptional — harissa chicken paired with any of your choice of the following: curried tehina, mango chili sauce, lemony-avocado dressing, tzadiki sauce, pickled slaw, avocado, sumac onions, Israeli chopped salad, hummus, pickles, pickled beets, and sweet potato fries.
One of my favorite things about Laffa is its extensive dessert menu. During our first visit, we tried the Basboussa, a tantalizing semolina and almond cake oozing with sticky orange water syrup and served with vanilla bean ice cream & whipped cream. You will not be able to find another dessert in Tulsa remotely similar to this, so it’s definitely worth trying.
On our last visit, we were tempted and gave in to the Sabbath Sundae, chocolate and caramel matza crumbled over vanilla bean ice cream then drizzled with caramel & chocolate sauce. This unique and delicious sundae was the perfect end to a wonderful evening at Laffa.
If you’re looking for a relaxing lunchtime or dinner, and you’re open to trying something new and unique, Laffa is just the place for you. They also have plenty of vegan and healthy options, so you won’t leave feeling like you just finished Thanksgiving Dinner. Laffa is a great addition to the downtown dining scene.