The Serendipitous Flatbread of the Citadel: Lamajoon Restaurant
Well, that was certainly surprising.
I rarely eat at malls; the food's always an afterthought and it tends to be a festival of mediocre chains, some of which exist only in malls. But while shopping for a new wallet at the Citadel Outlets, I got hungry and decided to see if there wa anything edible in the food court.
The name "Lamajoon" jumped out at me, though it looked like a typical kabobery. The eponymous dish was stacked in a Lexan display case looking forlorn and unwanted. I reconsidered briefly, but decided to plunge forward.
I ordered two (at $1.99 each—half a dozen is $9.99). The cashier took my order back and the owner came up, surprised at my order: lahmajune and tahn (ayran—you know, yoghurt drink). "You know this?"
"Yes. I live in Anaheim. We have a lot of Lebanese places."
The pile of lahmajune stayed put. I heard the thunk of a rolling pin. These lahmajune were being made fresh for me, and when he returned, he had lemons and a pile of not two, but four flatbreads.
I still wasn't expecting much—it's a mall food court after all—but they were great. Gossamer-thin, with nearly equal amounts of bread and topping. Floppy in the centre, with a perfect crispy edge with just the right amount of char, and the filling was very delicately spiced. Hit these with a spritz of lemon when they're still hot and they're just about perfect.
Sometimes it's good to have your biases smacked.
150 Citadel Dr., Commerce
wow, impressive, thanks for the tip. hounds can find deliciousness anywhere, even a mall food court.
Excellent!!! I can't tell you how many times I've been by there whether to bet a new piece of Le Crueset, some designer heels or a pair of discount pumas... And never once had given a thought about the food court... I worked nearby so I always knew I could scratch up something not too far away... Nevertheless... I will be stopping by soon! They just opened a new Columbia Sportwear! :)
WOW! Thanks for the tip. My wife and I were just there to buy a Dutch Oven from the Le Crueset store and had a forgettable meal at that obnoxious faux 50's diner. Had we known that something better could be had elsewhere we would have made a bee-line for the food court to get lahmajun. Guess we'll have to make another trip.
As if I needed an excuse to shop the Citadel...THIS IS IT! Can't wait to try it. Have never bought anything at the food court, but this is now a must-visit. Thanks for the tip!
Mmm, fresh made lamajoon are an excellent find. The place near me has them under a heat lamp, this looks like a far superior choice. Thanks for the great review!