Explore More Cities › +
Discover the unexpected in the Boston Area. Explore All of Boston
Restaurants & Bars 7

Karl's Rant at Zuzu (Middle East)

Nab | Sep 9, 201110:55 AM

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


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.

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

Middle East Restaurant
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Zuzu Restaurant
472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›
Log In or Sign Up to comment

Recommended From CH