About Mocha Cafe and Pastry
At first glance, Fojan Taheri’s tiny cafe looks as if it would fit better in Lyon, France, than in Arlington’s Lyon Park neighborhood.
A glass case boasts a selection of pistachio and chocolate éclairs, fragrant lemon tarts, and airy mousse cakes, perfect for an afternoon sweets break alongside a cup of locally roasted coffee.
But there’s more to the menu than pastries, crepes, and croissant sandwiches. Taheri, who learned to cook from her Persian mother, offers a number of Iranian specialties, from saffron shakes to a’ash, a barley-herb soup. What we’ll keep coming back for: Persian pizza, a thin, deep-crusted pie filled with chicken, olives, mushrooms, and ample mozzarella.
This article appears in our October 2014 issue of Washingtonian.