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Al Wadi in West Roxbury last night


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Al Wadi in West Roxbury last night

gourmaniac | Mar 11, 2011 07:16 AM

There hasn't been much on this place on CH (but lots on Yelp), so we tried it last night. This pleasant Lebanese place is on Route 1 near Home Depot in the old Spring Blossom location (a Chinese restaurant that looked too seedy from the outside even for me). We tried the prix fixe dinner for 2 ($49), which we found to be good value. This included generous portions of hummos, baba ganoush, stuffed grape leaves, fattoush salad, and falafel that alone could have served as dinner. Overall the quality was fine but nothing yelled out "someone's Lebanese Grandma is toiling away in the kitchen). Falafel (crisp and soft in appropriate locations) and baba ganoush (nicely smoky) were my favorites. Everything was nicely presented e.g .falafel with pickled turnips, radishes and chopped tomatoes with tahini on the side. Grape leaves were separated by tomato and lemon wedges. Then came the main course, which was an excellent platter of skewers of Lamb and Chicken kebabs and Kofta on a bed of etherea rice pilaf that could have been from grandma. The meats were nicely spiced and grilled and very satisfying. An aioli came with the meats and was a nice touch. Together, this feast could have fed 4. Overall, friendly service good food and good value. Not a destination, but for the Boston burbs, not half bad.

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