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Dalya's/Artu/China Merchandise

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Dalya's/Artu/China Merchandise

Rubee | Mar 30, 2006 12:46 PM

Brief eats this week.

Thanks to Peregrine and Cap's for their comments on Dalya's. We had a very nice dinner last night, and were all very happy with our meals - none of us had been here before. It has a large, appealing menu, with lots of different flavors and spices. At one point I saw a tagine go by - not sure what dish that was. Anyways, I know I was going to go with the specials (almost got an appetizer of roasted corn and tomatillo soup and a tilapia entree with couscous), but instead decided on the warm Medjool dates stuffed with boursin cheese - those were great - simple, tasty, served with mixed greens, Moroccan argan oil, maybe a little too much balsamic glaze. Great start. Dad and mom split a Caesar salad (it was described as "eggless" and she had the dressing on the side which to me defeats the purpose! so I didn't try this, but she enjoyed it). My husband had the garlic and mushroom flan with big chunks of crabmeat. For dinner, mom had the mussels and commented more than once how plump they were, and dad an excellent short rib dish (cooked on the bone for flavor and then served boneless). I LOVED the hint of cinnamon in the braise. E had a great quality filet and I tried the house specialty - shrimp toast -- mounds of rock shrimp piled on a thick chewy slice of toasted bread, with tomatoes, garlic, and goat cheese. Reasonably priced wines, comfortable, quaint atmosphere even with the fireplace not lit last night, and a nice dessert of coffee ice cream (from Bedford Farms ice cream next door) with brandied coffee sauce for the four of us to split, ended our nice night. I also have to comment on the service too - it was really excellent.

Artu in the North End has been my latest obsession (last month it was the gyros at Mediterraneo downtown). As everyone knows, they do a great sandwich. Favorite subs are the roast pork and roast lamb (thin, tender slices of meat with that garlicky marinated eggplant), but lately have been craving the Stuzzicante (Provolone, salami, coppa, and eggplant). It's so good - now I want another one.

Hit China Merchandise in Burlington. Great market if you're in the area - they cover ingredients from India to Thailand to Indonesia. Picked up a big fresh banana blossom, cilantro, wonton wrappers, some frozen naan, a bunch of those Maesri curry pastes, Indonesian ketjap manis, peanut oil, and bean thread noodles. Great stop for your ethnic cooking needs in that area.

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