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Soumarelo in Pasadena - a find!

judybird | Mar 19, 200712:59 PM     7

We had lunch today at Soumarelo at 1090 North Allen - it's between Mountain and Washington on the east side of the street. It's middle Eastern food with a Russian Armenian twist.

Two of us shared a shwarma sandwich - a bargain at $5. The beef had been marinated in a deliciously herbal mix and had a wonderful flavor. The sandwich included a tahini dressing and chopped lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. The only quibble was that the pita bread it was wrapped in fell apart owing to the amount of liquid inside. We both finished eating with knives and forks.

We had a side order of ekra, a kind of eggplant caviar, and a dish called simply "Potatoes and onions". Since DH has never met a potato he didn't like, this was a must. It consisted of quartered small red potatoes, deep-fried along with sliced onions. It came with a fine dusting of cheese on top, and was totally addictive. The ekra was roasted eggplant mashed with a combination of peppers and tomatoes. It was served with toasted pita chips, and could be eaten as a dip or a salad. It was so good we ordered another portion to take home. We'll use it as an appetizer tomorrow night when we have some friends over.

They also serve whole or half rotisserie chickens with garlic paste. We'll try that one next - I'm betting it'll replace Zankou in our takeout rotation.

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