Enormous Room Report
- C. Simon
Enormous Room, in Central Square, is upstairs from the Central Kitchen, and run by the folks at Central Kitchen as well. Decide for yourself whether the atmosphere is too "cool" for it's own good. Very dark. Couches. People sitting on the floor or on ledges, or in other odd corners -- wherever they can find. When you walk in, it almost looks like an orgy -- not that I'd know. :)
Anyhow, more to the point: The Food.
There are only three choices: (1) Standard Enormous Plate; (2) Vegetarian Enormous Plate; (3) Fried Enormous Plate. We went with the standard option. What comes is an enormous plate filled with lots of miniature tasty treats --- most of them Middle Eastern in flavor. There is no printed menu of exactly what you'll get, just a list of items which MAY be on the plate. (Again, decide for yourself whether the concept is too "cool" for it's own good.) Customers pay per person ($14) and all share off the enormous plate, which has plenty of food for everyone.
The food was very good. I'm trying to remember everything:
-hummus: above average
-pickled cabbage: tasty
-pickled beets: also tasty
-miniature falafel-stuffed pita: very respectable version
- separate grilled skewers of swordish, chicken, lamb, and kofti (all good, although swordfish was a bit dry)
- couscous: passable
- fried filo-dough pockets filled with ground lamb: like you'd expect at a well-catered party
- more stuff I'm forgetting
In short, the experiment works for people like me and the fiancee who like everything. It works for one reason: the food's good.
Just went the other night - very yummy. There was a really flavorful carrot puree, and bresaiola (sp?) wrapped figs with mint leaves on the platter too, that I really liked. Hummus was very good, baba ghanoush had a nice, smokey flavor. Vegetable filo triangles were very good, with goat cheese and peas, I think. Very nice vibe, although friends say it gets overly packed at times.