• Alex Ip

Fall Finds: Adams Morgan's Afghan Gem

It's a crisp fall day. While walking through the Adams Morgan neighborhood and admiring the looming houses and autumnal colors of the leaves, you stumble upon a small corner restaurant.


The interior is warm and cozy. The smells of different spices fills the air and blends with the smoky scent of fall. This cozy gem, Lapis, beckons you in to try their enticing Afghan dishes.


Inside Lapis / Lapis.com

Lapis satiates your seasonal desire for pumpkin dishes à la their buranee kadoo dish. Baked pumpkin with garlic yogurt and dried mint. Order a savory Lapis exclusive--the mantoo shrimp dumpling with saffron cream sauce. Be sure to try their spiced fries with harissa aoili.

You can also find cornerstones of Afghan cuisine here, like qabuli palow--Afghan rice pilaf and the kofta--spiced beef meatballs.


Lastly, you must try the sheer yakh--Afghan vanilla bean ice cream with rosewater and the sharbat--warm orange pound cake. The desserts in particular are an ode to the bright and floral summer days of the past.


Lapis is a warm and cozy gem in the heart of Adams Morgan that invites you in to try dishes that are perfect for the fall season.

📸:@alexanderjip

Some notable awards: 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020 Michelin Bib Gourmand 2017, 2018 & 2019 Washingtonian Top 100


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