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Palmier Cafe in Malden

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Palmier Cafe in Malden

MB | Apr 21, 2004 03:47 PM

Three of us visited this weekend in search of Moroccan food. Midday and there were only two other parties there, one man and one family (they had a big fat pizza and a calzone on their table). It's kind of like a big open sub shop, but with small tables throughout and a little "bazaar" table near the counter. A crazy kind of menu from sub shop items to moroccan food and mexican fast food. The gentleman running the place was quite friendly and nice. Most of the food was just kind of so-so to me.

Merguez sandwich - the merguez was tasty, served on a big sub roll (too much bread) with some grilled onion (I think) on top. Big pile of fries. (The menu says that all the meats are hallal (sp?)).

Grilled veggie salad - was just okay. The grilled veggies were really just onions and peppers. Plain greek style dressing on the side.

Harissa - the soup wasn't flavorful and needed salt. We had hoped for some complex, spicy concotion, but no. I've never had it before so didn't know what to expect, but this was disappointing. Basically a plain lentil soup with some floaters of 1-inch strands of pasta.

Bastilla - two version on the menu: chicken and seafood. We ordered the chicken and it was tasty, but not as flavorful as the few other times I've tried the dish. Also, the phyllo was only wrapped around the outside of the ground chicken/nuts rather than being dispersed as layers throughout. They made it to order, so maybe they didn't have any prepared? The server asked us after the fact if we'd had a seafood bastilla before, so maybe that is their specialty?

vegetarian couscous - this was the only real winner. It looked very plain - couscous with a pile of boiled (?) veggies on top - potatoes, carrots, pupkin (maybe acorn squash?) but it had such great flavor, must have been cooked in some great stock.

They had a couple of other Moroccan menu items (plus tea and the cool tea pots to serve it) - brochettes, etc. and a typical preserved lemon, olive, chicken dish that was cooked ahead of time and in a steam table behind the counter.

Maybe one of my co-conspirators will chime in here? Otherwise, I can say that I don't need to go back, but if I were in the area I might try it one last time before crossing it off the list forever.

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