Hours: Breakfast, lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: 24 hours daily
Little storefront offering central Asian and Russian dishes like kebabs, stuffed dumplings, and lagman, hadn-pulled noodles. Alcohol is prohibited.
Lazzat, one of Chicago's few central Asian restaurants, operates on the down-low, serving a majority-cabbie clientele in the snug North Center space once inhabited by Mio Bento. The menu features an array of central Asian and Russian dishes: beef, lamb, and chicken kebabs, primarily; a handful of meaty soups all based on the same thin, dill-flecked lamb broth; and bulging ground beef and lamb dumplings known as mantu (aka manti). These are executed variously—one day the dumplings might be tight and pregnant with filling, and on another falling from disintegrating wrappers. Still, if you order carefully you can find some nice things like the house-made bread, which comes to the table gratis; the cuminy shredded-carrot salad; and the plump Uigur-style beef pelemi (dumplings) bobbing in broth. But the primary reason to get excited about Lazzat is its lagman, chewy, superlong hand-pulled wheat-flour noodles doused in a savory, soupy hot stew of sliced vegetables and beef.
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