Chocolate Baklava and More at Sofra

As soon as I learned that Sofra serves chocolate baklava, I knew I had to try it.

I became a little obsessed with it. I would check the Sofra counter immediately as soon as I get there to see if they had chocolate baklava for the day, but the last time I was there, they were out. I would visit the Sofra stand at my farmers market, hoping they might sell some fresh baklava, but they never do. I even asked about it at Oleana (same chef and owner as Sofra) during my first dinner there, but it wasn’t part of their luscious dessert menu that night.

But last week, finally, I was able to try the chocolate baklava at Sofra.

and it was so worth the wait

Rich, dense, and intensely sweet, with buttery phyllo layers, dark chocolate flavors,  crunchy and chewy hazelnuts, and cocoa honey. I loved every sticky, gooey bite.

there is a lot more than chocolate baklava though

Sofra is a Middle Eastern bakery and cafe in Cambridge that serves modern cuisine influenced by Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. Headed by chef/owner Ana Sortun, Sofra is also a retail shop that entices customers with spiced nuts, crackers, bread, cookies, specialty sweets, and other prepared foods.

it's in a small space, which lends to the cozy vibe

there is always a beautiful display of baked goods at the counter

which makes it hard to decide what else you want to order

there are just too many exotic treats you want to try

you'll just have to come back some other time for the other goodies

and to shop for other items

after you place your order, you can relax at one of the benches

there are a lot of cute little nooks to choose from

I wanted to eat the chocolate baklava for lunch but I decided to be an adult and get a real lunch, especially since Sofra had a tempting mezze bar and plenty of small plates.

vegetarian options abound

I went with the avocado hummus

and the cheese borek

which has layers of pastry and fresh mozzarella cheese

with a spread of labne (strained yogurt) underneath

there is also flavored iced tea - this was the Red Dragon Green Tea (mix of sour cherry juice and green tea)

Sofra masters the great play between texture and flavors. I will describe the food as bright: bright colors, bright flavors. I had a lovely lunch at Sofra, and will certainly be back to try more items from the menu and the counter.

and of course, another slice of the chocolate baklava

Have you had Turkish or Middle Eastern cuisine?

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See my favorite dishes at this restaurant on Tasted Menu


18 Responses to “Chocolate Baklava and More at Sofra”

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    Michelle posted July 3, 2011 at 8:44 am

    I recently had a fantastic baklava at Temptations Cafe but the chocolate baklava looks like something special!

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    Megan posted July 3, 2011 at 9:33 am

    That chocolate-hazelnut baklava is one of my most favorite things. I had it as part of a plated dessert at Oleana and then found it at Sofra and then made it at home! (The recipe is on my blog if you ever want to try it… it’s not too difficult either.) I was hoping they would sell it at the farmers market too. I’m sure it would sell out immediately if they did!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 3, 2011 at 11:51 am

      Megan – yup I remember the recipe on your blog! Maybe one day I will attempt to make it myself ;)

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    Three-Cookies posted July 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Everything looks delicious, would love to have some chocolate baklava now, actually would love to have any time of baklava now!

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    Victoria (District Chocoholic) posted July 3, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I love baklava and chocolate and don’t understand why chocolate baklava isn’t more readily available. Who doesn’t love crispy dough, butter, chocolate, sugar syrup, and nuts? None of my friends.

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    Louisa posted July 3, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    O.M.G that chocolate hazelnut baklava looks divine. Funnily enough there’s a restaurant I visit in London called Sofra, this place here however looks far more exciting!

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    dan posted July 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I loooove Sofra. I work right near there and I stop all the time for lunch. The beet tzatziki is unreal

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    Monica posted July 3, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I love this place! Their hot dishes are amazing too- you should definitely try them! Not far from there, there are also some amazing, very authentic Lebanese markets :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Monica, thanks for dropping by my blog! I don’t know much about Lebanese food so I definitely want to check out those other places too!

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    MelissaNibbles posted July 3, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    The house of pizza in my town always has baklava for sale on their counter. So delicious!

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    Daisy posted July 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Love Sofra!!! I can attest to the deliciousness of the chocolate hazelnut baklava!!

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    Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook posted July 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    The place looks delicious, I love the small plates and what a way to end a nice meal, chocolate baklava. I think I’d love that!

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    A Plum By Any Other Name posted July 4, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I am such a huge fan of Sofra and Oleana. For me, their food always hits. And chocolate baklava? How bad could that be?!

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    Maria @ Scandifoodie posted July 4, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Wow this place sounds great! I wouldn’t know where to start!

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    Alaina posted July 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

    This definitely seems like my kind of place! I love pastries! I’ve never really indulged in Middle Eastern cuisine. I’ll have to try it sometime!

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    Alicia posted July 4, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Middle Eastern food is SO good. Rafe and I love going out for food from our local takeout place (Tangiers) and we also make a good amount of middle eastern food at home!

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    shannon posted July 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

    how would you choose?!? this place is totally on my list to check out soon :)

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    Val posted July 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Be still my heart!

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