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Karl's Rant at Zuzu (Middle East)

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Karl's Rant at Zuzu (Middle East)

Nab | Sep 9, 2011 10:55 AM

Slim mentioned this place the other day on the Openings & Closings :

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karls-R...

I like a simple sandwich, usually no more than 3 ingredients. These sandwiches sounded too complicated for my tastes. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the combination of flavas worked, clearly well-thought out and test-driven.

"Duck, Duck Chicken - Slow-roasted duck / chicken liver & fig pate / raw red onion / mushroom ragout / grapefruit vinaigrette" - duck was just a tad chewy, though certainly not dry, the sweet notes of the fig, bite of red onion, and acidity of the dressing resulted in a well-balanced sandwich.

“Roast Beast - Horseradish-roasted beef / whipped garlic / sprouts / cheddar / bleu cheese & neufchatel spread" - this is a potent one with big bite of garlic, horseradish, and pungent cheese flavas, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will be repelling vampires for the next few hours.

The bread will soon be upgraded to Iggy's I'm told, but for now is a reasonable and totally inoffensive 'baguette' style. I also appreciated the sandwich assembly, but this may not suit the tastes of those who prefer a piled-mile-high approach. The sandwich is not huge by any means, but was satisfying. They're using good ingredients so the sandwiches are a little spendy (~$10) and do not come with any side item, but I'm hoping they might address this point soon - I'd call it even-steven if they threw a bag of chips on the plate.

Zuzu!
474 Mass Ave. Central Square Cambridge (at The Middle East)
617-864-3278 ext.237

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Middle East Restaurant
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Zuzu Restaurant
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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