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Haitian Cuisine, Somerville

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Haitian Cuisine, Somerville

Aromatherapy | Jul 10, 2006 10:14 PM

This is the new place in Magoun Sq. (signs still up for its Chinese and Thai incarnations).

It's a small menu with variations on a few themes, and not everything is on hand (no goat when we went). Tried creole chicken in sauce (I think--maybe it was "chicken in sauce," not sure what the difference would be) and tasso beef (actually ordered fried shrimp, got tasso beef, shrugged & kept it--language barrier, or World Cup distraction?). Chicken was a leg quarter in a mildly savory red sauce. Beef was fried chunks that had been previously stewed, served with a side of the same red sauce. Both came with fried plantains and very good rice with red beans (clove? allspice?). Also a salad of iceberg, onion, sweet red pepper, and surprisingly good tomato wedges, with a bottle of Ken's dressing.

We really liked the chicken, just a nice comfy dish. Tasso didn't do it for us. If you ask they'll bring a bowl of pikliz--vinegary cabbage slaw with scotch bonnet pepper. Loved it, it really sparked the meal. Ask.

Prices are low, and they have small and large sizes of many dishes. Looks like various fish preps (fried, in creole sauce, and "gross sel" are the high end at $12 (and shrimp in sauce on Sundays). Just a few tables, very nice people. Strikes me as a pleasant addition to the neighborhood, not a destination.

I swear somebody else posted a review (yumyum?) but I can't find it. I could scan the menu if anybody's interested, drop me a line.

513a Medford St., 617-625-3838. Sun-Th 10-10, F-Sat. 10-11. Delivery available.

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