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Jasmine, Watertown

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Jasmine, Watertown

Aromatherapy | Jan 23, 2006 12:38 PM

This is the newish Persian place next to Kay's Produce in the Armenian strip. It's a small brightly-lit storefront with a long counter and half a dozen small tables (with cloths). Half the tables were occupied early Friday evening and there was a good buzz of what I assume was Farsi. The menu is pretty much the same as Molana's with most prices $1 cheaper, and a large wrap selection, and fancy rice polos offered separately. They also list taddig with choice of veggie khoresht (no further details, but perhaps there are hidden vegetarian options).

I tried the khoresht of the day, which was ghormeh sabzy (spinach and herbs) (ordered takeout). I got a huge styrofoam clamshell of basmati rice and a smaller container of stew--spinach puree with small bits of nicely stewed beef and red kidney beans (and a heck of a lot of butter--really I should have made 2 meals of this). A simple thing but it not only grew on me, it haunted me all weekend.

Wow. Must try more Persian food. I sense a chow dinner coming up, I think at Molana which has more room (and a nicer space).

580 Mt. Auburn, tel/fax 617-923-2999, open 7 days 11-9 M-Sat, 12-8 Sun.

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