Great desserts don't usually come in a plastic bag folded and partially sealed with a sticker. Roti's baklava joins Potbelly's sugar cookies and oatmeal-chocolate-chip cookies as exceptions to this general rule.
Honey infuses most of this baklava, but does not overpower it or drip profusely from it. Each element takes its fair share of the stage. The honey soaked through layers of light but tightly packed phyllo dough and ground nuts. The nuts are ground so finely that they can truly merge with the honey to become an elegantly smooth and sweet nut meal. The design and execution are masterful. This is the best baklava I've ever tasted, and it earns our divine rating.
1275 First Street NE, Washington DC 20002
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