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Baklava at Reef

Ezra | Apr 12, 2004 10:46 AM

StriperGuy mentioned how great the baklava is at Reef Cafe in Allston - just tried it last night. Normally, I'm not the world's biggest baklava fan, but this stuff was exemplary. $1.25 buys you a diamond of sweet, moist, crunchy, flaky pastry. The flavor of pistachio was great; it was the meaty consistency that won me over.

Otherwise, I was not blown away by the food. I tried one of the specials, stuffed cabbage. They give you a good amount of food here - not the massive, two-person feasts like at Shwarma King, but enough to stuff you. The plate consisted of 5 thin fingers of cabbage rolled around a combination of rice and ground meat (I forget if it was lamb, beef, or a combination). They were bland - perfectly cooked and fresh - but could have used more seasoning, or better yet some kind of sauce. The rolls were sitting on a huge bed of flavorful rice, accompanied by some slivers of pickled turnips, a chunky, herby salad and a few pieces of standard-issue pita bread.

I like this place. The guy at the counter was really friendly, and on the phone he kept yelling back to his mother, who was cooking the food, to see when the next batch of cabbage would be ready. I'll go back to try some of their other stuff.

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