I love dolma. All kinds of dolma. Grape leaf, cabbage, tomato, pepper, eggplant, zucchini, onion – you name it, I love it. Incredible stuff, dolma is. And, being in Yerevan, you’ll find dolma almost everywhere. Santa Familia is a market that makes exceptional dolma (aka tolma). Being related to Dolmama, one of Armenia’s most well-known restaurants, you can be sure that the dolmas prepared at Santa Familia are fresh, healthy and delicious.
They serve all kinds of dolmas, meat and vegetarian (yalanchi). Make sure you call ahead of time to know exactly what types they have as they are made fresh daily. They also have delicious boreks and pirashkis (which they prepare at their other well known restaurant – Basturma). Their salads are also very delicious. If you don’t want to eat anything, you can always browse through the vast wine collection or purchase lavash chips or even have a cup of coffee. They also prepare breakfast there.
The market is located near Yerevan State University and Charents street, which is actually quite nice, historic and off the beaten path. Can’t guarantee they will have onion dolma, or apple dolma (which is the best in my opinion), but, rest assured, they will have some kind of delicious dolma waiting for you to try. Bon appetit!