Chow find! Pasha Turkish Cuisine is a terrific addition to Arlington, and to the general collection of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restos in the area. They opened last Tuesday, and thanks to early raves on the Arlington town email listserv, they've been packed. It's a cute little joint, they've used the previous Tsunami space well.
I don't have proper names for dishes because their website isn't up and running yet, but here are a few of the highlights:
- awesome housemade bread that comes with small dishes of olive oil, a garlic-packed relish of sorts, and a yogurt/sour cream/walnut/garlic dip.
- zucchini fritters with a garlic yogurt sauce
- grilled lamb kabobs on a green salad (the lamb was amazingly delicious -- something to add to the lambstravaganza thread!)
- anchovies in a cast iron casserole pan with mixed vegetables in a flavorful and spicy tomato-y sauce (this is different from the other anchovy dish, which is rolled in phyllo)
I regret our small party and limited appetites kept us from trying more items, but the folks next to us were there for the 2nd night in a row, and they were doing a good job of making their way through various dishes. We hope to copy them soon.
Pasha didn't have a soft opening, so they're still working through some issues. They ran out of some dishes and specialty beverages much faster than anticipated, and await their next deliveries on Monday. The staff is friendly, but a little overwhelmed right now. Considering they've only been open 6 days and have been slammed, I'd give them multiple thumbs up for handling it with grace and a smile.
669A Mass. Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476
This will be their website (so they tell me), but right now it's not working: