Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

Boston Area

Reef Cafe, Allston


Restaurants & Bars 3

Reef Cafe, Allston

Limster | Feb 19, 2004 11:27 PM

Just adding another thumbs up to the many praises. Great Lebanese mom's cooking (seriously, there's really a Lebanese mom cooking at the back).

A good honest and meaty lamajeun (an open faced meat pie full of ground meat, with a spiced hint).

Homey deep tasting lentil soup with soft nubs of lentils.

Excellent stuffed zuchinni (a daily special; ask for specials, suggested a friendly fellow customer, they're great) demonstrates the care and craft of the kitchen; in the neat hollow, smooth rice, still retainly a lovely bit of firmness, alternaties with meaty brushes on the tongue from tiny bits of minced lamb. A soft, simmered tomato sauce covers the rice pilaf, laced with tiny thread of vermicelli. Two kinds of rice conversing across the shell of zuchinni, back and forth between soft pilaf and slightly hard stuffing. Wonderful.

On the side, a crisp salad of chopped tomatoes and onions, with the generious green speckle of refreshing parsley. Nice bites of pink stained turnip pickles.

Similar sides for the other plates:

A delightfully fluffy kibby rich with wheaty flavour and meat, sauced with tahini and sweet raw onions for a good serious bite.

Good lamb sharwama too.

For dessert, megli (sp?) is an fairly intriguing cinnamon-rich pudding made with rice powder, with faint wisps of licorice falvour. I prefer their rice pudding seen through rose-tinted flavours,and topped with cinnamon powder. It was good, but even then I could hear the jovial, gregarious counter guy apologizing to a nearby table, saying it wasn't the best that day, it was a bit too soft, insisting that they try it next time.

Coffee is remarkable, strong and gripping, with a beautiful scent of cardamom, an airy rendition.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound