This Friday we traveled to my favorite restaurant in Fairfield!!! SAFITA! (Safita is located at 2217 Post Road in Fairfield, 203-319-0000). We have been to Safita approximately 20 times since it has opened and every time it has gotten even better! Safita dishes out fantastic Syrian Cuisine. If I could go to one restaurant in Fairfield, it would be Safita. When we entered we were greeted by the Hassoun Family, who own Safita, and could not be any nicer. Amal Hassoun the matriarch of the family cooks in the kitchen and is a wonderful host.
When we were seated we had a chance to observe the atmosphere. Safita's atmosphere looks very authentic and feels very cozy. Safita is quite small but quality is better than quantity! As we sat down we received a piping hot basket of soft, warm, pillowy homemade bread, and soft pita. With the bread they brought out smooth olive oil for dipping purposes and Za'tar (a perfect blend of spices to put on the various breads). For appetizers we ordered Za'tar Manaquich (flat, warm, bread covered in the fabulous spice mixture known as Za'tar), as well as my favorite appetizer, Safita Chicken Rolls (tender meat and juicy chopped vegetables wrapped in a crisp shell). On the side they served a vibrant, orange sauce made with yummy pomegranates, that I could have a dipped a door handle in and it would have tasted good.
We also ordered a smoky grilled eggplant salad that was flavorful and great, Grape Leaves with perfectly cooked rice wrapped in a juicy leaf, and a Fattoush Salad (Romaine Lettuce, juice filled tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, snappy onions, silky olive oil, and topped with crunchy toasted pita chips). Lastly we ordered their homemade hummus, which is creamy, garlicky and yummy. They also sent out a taste of homemade labne (yogurt), which my Mom really loved.
For our entrees my brother and I ordered a Chicken Shawarma sandwich with succulent chicken, mixed vegetables, pickles, and creamy garlic sauce slathered on and rolled in a flat bread. On the side we ordered crispy Safita Fries (friend potato chips) with crushed salt and smooth garlic sauce on top.
For dessert we were so stuffed, but we still ordered sweet baklava smothered in honey. The Baklava was good and was a great choice for dessert.
The service was very accomodating and our waitress (one of the Hassoun daughters) could not have been more friendly and helpful. The atmosphere of Safita is very happy feeling because it is family based, and everybody truly cares. The value of Safita could not have been better for the amazing quality of the food they served us. I personally love Safita and I urge you to go there in your near future. I would rate it ZZZZX- 4 3/4 Z's- Great!
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