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Khayam Brookline...disappointing


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Khayam Brookline...disappointing

gourmaniac | | Jan 6, 2010 07:03 AM

DW and I tried Khayam last night. This is the sister restaurant to Jasmine in Watertown, meant to be a little more upscale Persian. It is a rather austere space with two dining rooms and was completely empty at 7 last night (only open since last Thursday). The good news is for their opening their ample lunch specials for $5.99 are available in the evenings. The bad news is the food is isn't really very good. We had the stuffed grape leaves to start and these were good, redolent of mint, lemon and a good olive oil. The lunch platters we ordered were beef shwarma and kubide (ground beef on grilled on skewers) ad both are served with rice pilaf, hummus, and a fattoush salad. The meat was OK with the kubide having a nice spicing, the pita was grilled but from a package. The rice was a disaster. I'm not an expert on cuisine from this part of the world but it is my understanding that the center and highlight of the meal is perfectly prepared pilaf rich with flavor with meats, salads and dips complementing the rice. This pilaf was just sad. If I were to guess, it tasted like unheated leftovers from lunch. For an extra $1.99 one could substitute one of the high end pilaf and we ordered saffron, pistachio, carrot and bayberry and another with sour cherry. Well, these amounted to cold partially cooked rice with the additional ingredients spooned on. I always go to new places like this hoping for a wee grandmother in the back lovingly stirring several pots at once (think the sorely missed Reef Cafe in Allston). Grandma certainly wasn;t back there and would have fainted dead away tasting this pilaf. Rant over.

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