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Limster | May 26, 2003 11:07 PM

Muqueca, Inman Sq, Cambridge

In th fish and prawn moqueca, the fish is fine even if it may not be of the primest quality (tiny tiny hint of fishiness that is counteracted by the tangy tomatoe base of the stew) but the good prawns are cooked precisely -- snappy texture, not hard or mushy. The base of this stew is tangy tomato, and it's sweetened with onions and given airy qualities with cilantro. Its a good heartwarming dish, served in charming black bowls, with rice and a delightful gooey yucca flour cream on the side. Ask for the chilli sauce to add some zing.

A mix of what seemed like blended amazonian berries and fruits in a smoothie like concoction (Acai & Guarana, Cupuacu, Acerola) tasted rich and fruitty and maybe even slightly chocolately (more along carob lines actually).

Nice springy tapioca and coconut pudding for dessert; reminds me of certain varieties of nyona kueh from back home.

Friendly, eager to please service.

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Sabur, Teele Sq (near Davis Sq), Somerville

Grilled vine-leaf-wrapped prawns are amazing. The leaves add a flavour of their own, and keep the significant quantity of moisture in. Each bite is a wet gush of flavours. Some of the best prawns I've had in a long while. Pleasant piquance from the spicy aioli to wrap things up.

The grilled venison is disappointing: they're somewhat thin slices, and cooked past medium, a uniform grey. A deep livery flavour contrasting with lines of berry sauce helps as does the well flavoured saffron risotto with emerald spinach, both beanth the venison. A good match for the sturdy fruitty Croatian merlot.

Fortunately, apricots stuffed with gorgeously thick mascarpone cheese brightened the ending, cream against golden fruit, with chips of toasted almonds for brittle crunch and woodsy fragrance. Warm apricot flavours in the blanket of sauce too.

Confident, earnest and hospitable service.

I think that ordering a bunch of the interesting appetizers might be the way to go. (has anyone tried their borek?)

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Ajanta, near Lechmere T, East Cambridge

The keralan curry is somewhat competent, a moderate to mild tamarind tang with a dash of heat from a handful of dried chillis. There is a light toasty coconut fragrance too. Maybe some ginger, but I couldn't really tell for sure because of the gingery salty lassi that I was drinking. The chunks of swordfish in it were ok, with half the pieces giving off a faint fishiness, the other half coming off with clean flavours.

A fairly satisfying kheer, a fair amount of cardamom, and scattered bits of cashews and golden raisins amidst the rice and milk.

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Had a pleasing apple pastry at the cafe/bakery on Prospect Street. Looks like an interesting place. Love to hear more about it.

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