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Karoun, Newtonville

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Karoun, Newtonville

limster | Jun 25, 2006 03:50 AM

An interior with bright hues, eclectic textures, matched by the intense, colourful food, mostly Middle Eastern with an Armenian angle.

Excellent stuffed cabbage (rice and ground meat within), with a concentrated tomato sauce, a savoury balance of fruit and acidity.

Mouhamara, an intense crimson dip made from red peppers, walnut and pomegranates, the flavours seamlessly integrated with an earthy blend of spices.

Grape leaves stuffed with rice, aromatic pinenuts and a hint of vegetables are exceptional, tender and full of flavour. Possibly one of the best renditions I've had in the Boston area.

Crispy filo on the spinach borek, the dark green spinach flavour enriched with feta and aromatic pinenuts.

Lentil soup is beautiful -- earthy lentil flavour shines along with a chorus of vegetables.

A tangy base for a second soup of soft okra (without the gluey consistency) amd a few sparse chunks of lamb.

A light sour flavour from a thin yogurt sauce to balance the smoky succulent lamb kebab; effective sides of rice and stewed vegetables in a tomatoey sauce.

Losh - two generous ovals of ground sirloin, loosely packed (almost fluffy), moist and flavourful (chopped parsley? cumin? coriander?).

Ask for the garlic and yogurt drink, rich, moderately garlicky and a good match for many dishes.

Elegant walnut-heavy baklava, with just the right drizzle of sweetness.

Entertainment in the form of belly dancing (minimum of $35 food order per person when there's a performance). Good winelist, with some unexpected bottles that date from the '60-'80s.

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