Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lamb Brains at Cafe Beirut

The little restaurant on the corner of Green St. and Centre St. has relatively recently changed ownership and seems to be much improved. At Cafe Beirut (Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA) you can get all the Mediterranean cafe dishes you might crave (shwarmas, kabobs, falafel, baba ghanoush, etc.).

But the big draw for me was the chance to try lamb brains!


Left: "Lamb Brains Sandwich - $7.69 - The brains are boiled, then fried. Then they are pureed and blended with garlic, onion and spices into a pate. Served in pita with two kinds of pickle, fresh mint, lemon juice and garlic spread."

They looked like cottage cheese. It was hard to say what it really tasted like because of all the other strong 
flavors, but it wasn't bad. It actually kind of tasted like cottage cheese too.

Right: "Chicken Shawarma Sandwich - $7.69 - Marinated, skewered, then roasted in front of a low fire. It is then shaved and rolled in pita with lettuce, tomato, two kinds of pickle, garlic spread, and tahini sauce."

This one was really good except the chicken was a bit dry. It was fun trying the brains, but I still prefer chickens, cows, and pigs for taste.

Batata Harra Side Salad - $5.49 - Spicy cubed potatoes are fried and tossed with cilantro, fresh garlic and a blend of spices. Served with lettuce, tomato, onion, parsley, fresh mint, two kinds of pickle, garlic spread, lemon juice and tahini sauce. Vegan.

It's not necessarily the lowest calorie type of salad, but it was delectable. It turns out I could have eaten either a wrap or a salad for a whole meal.



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