It should come as no surprise that when I spot a name like this, I am going to either check out the menu from outside, or just go right in. In this case, we just went right in for lunch as we had walked quite a bit and were famished.
Brookline is a ritzy Boston neighborhood, I am told. Perhaps this is the reason that you'll find more luxury cars parked along its streets than anywhere else
. The menu features wooden grilled meats , Moroccan tajines , seafood , pickled turnips which I adore (they should be a reddish beet color and not soft, otherwise, it's a bad recipe), and other dishes which feature North African cuisine. You will see a beautiful sky blue ceiling reminiscent of mediterranean colors; the seating is simple in that you can have a traditional table or a booth. The restaurant also has objects on the wall, and metal tea urns which are so well recognized in the Middle East. The food is exquisitely prepared and portions are too generous. Go for the couscous with Moroccan lamb ; I had a grilled lamb sandwich on a sesame bread that was heavenly. The owner will come to your table, and introduce himself. He is quite elegant and debonair in style, and I'd say he would do much better on the screen than in a restaurant. The experience was excellent because we did return there and brought a guest.
They serve lunch and daily and are closed Mondays.
Here are some other great M.E. restaurants:
East West Café , Santa Rosa, California Dervish Turkish Restaurant New York
Petra Pacific Grove, California
Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sultan's Pub Istanbul, Turkey
Saltanat Restaurant Istanbul, Turkey
Bayside, New York
August 22, 2001
From journal Boston Beckons