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virgobee Oct 9, 2006 03:00 PM

A colleague at school is from Armenia and we're trying to find a good Armenian restaurant. Anything in Watertown? Or anywhere else near Boston?

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    gourmaniac Oct 9, 2006 03:38 PM

    Karoun on Washington near Walnut in Newton is Armenian (IIRC).

    1. CocoDan Oct 9, 2006 04:12 PM

      I second Karoun. Really good food, if slightly expensive. Fridays and Saturdays they have very good middle eastern entertainment. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy!

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      1. re: CocoDan
        hoplover Oct 8, 2007 04:24 PM

        I am in love with Karoun. I just had dinner there Friday night. The Armenian Chopped salad is my favorite. I also loved the stuffed grape leaves.

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        langley Oct 9, 2006 10:36 PM

        You can check out Karoun's menu here: http://karounrestaurant.com/menu.asp

        Personally, I'd take them to East Watertown, pick up food at the various shops and go home and have a feast. You may want to search on here for Eastern Lahmejun, Massis, and Arax for previous recommendations.

        I would also highly recommend Cafe Barada in North Cambridge. They're not Armenian, but Lebanese and the food is very similar. They have great labne.

        I haven't been yet, but have read how good the Family Restaurant in Brookline is. They have kufteh and fassoulia which are things my family eats, but it depends on your friend and where their family was from if this is typically Armenian food for them.

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        1. re: langley
          Taralli Oct 10, 2006 04:06 PM

          Be sure to add Sevan Bakery on Mt. Auburn in East Watertown to the list, run by an Armenian family from Turkey for their homemade tarama, lemony grape leaves, etc. http://www.sevanboston.com/contact.html

          1. re: Taralli
            Sgt Snackers Nov 13, 2006 02:04 AM

            Although it's not a restaurant, rather a bakery/deli, I wanted to add my vote for Sevan Bakery. We found ourselves in the neighborhood this weekend and dropped in, and ended up buying a ton of great stuff: homemade lahmejune ("Armenian pizza" - very thin flatbread topped with ground beef and spices), dolmas, hommous, feta and red pepper spread, some good Lebanese olives, and baklava. Not a bad way to put together a meal on the fly.

            We are missing Ararat BBQ in Watertown, with their unbelievable garlic sauce. We ended up using a 'reverse engineered' recipe from the LA Chowhound board to reproduce something similar: see here --
            Made it ourselves tonight and it was fantastic.

        2. limster Oct 9, 2006 11:32 PM

          Make that another vote for Karoun.

          Not a restaurant, but Bazaar International Foods, a Russian grocery store in in Brookline sells a number of Aremenian dishes e.g. khinkali.

          1. onefineleo Oct 9, 2006 11:50 PM

            We took a friend there for her birthday a week ago Friday. The food was very good - the mezza plate, with all the usual offerings, was enjoyed by all. Lamb kebabs with rice pilaf were very tasty. Nice wines by the glass. The servers were warm and hospitable (I think Karoun is family-owned and run. But, the belly dancer made the evening unique and fun, and a great celebration for our friend. Highly recommended as a fun, festive choice.

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              foodieB Oct 10, 2006 10:37 AM

              One more for Karoun. Very authentic and if you know what you're talking about when it comes to armenian food the waitstaff are more than friendly. When I was there my mom asked about a dish that wasn't on the menu and they made it for her. If you go on Belly dancing nights make sure you go early, People tend to linger and they are usually very crowded.

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              1. re: foodieB
                phelana Oct 8, 2007 01:02 PM

                my family has been shopping at Sevan and Araks for years.

              2. Infomaniac Oct 8, 2007 01:29 PM

                You just missed the St. James Armenian Church in Watertown Annual Bazaar this past weekend. Another date you may want to keep in mind is November 9th when they will have the Hye Cafe. One of the organizations in the church put together an evening meal, which I'm pretty sure id open to the public. You'll need to get tickets in advance. They put out some great food at this event.
                The church is located on mount Auburn Street in Watertown.

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                1. re: Infomaniac
                  phelana Oct 8, 2007 01:31 PM

                  That was my Gramma's church. Sadly I miss all the Armenian picnics...

                2. rush Apr 20, 2008 09:25 AM

                  Another for Karoun. Excellent Shish.
                  for cheap, excellent losh kebab, Fordee's Grill on Mt. Auburn St. in E. Watertown
                  another vote for St. James Church (Watertown) Hye Cafe, 1st friday evening of each month (with exceptions), losh kebab is great, pilaf is fabulous (Der Hayr makes it)! call the church office to confirm, or for reservations.
                  For more restaurants, events, links, and all things Armenian, check out the HYE MASS FORUM at:

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                  1. re: rush
                    Aromatherapy Apr 20, 2008 04:28 PM

                    Ooh, thanks for the Fordee's rec, have had them on the list but for other reasons. And triple thanks for the Hey Cafe info. Are reservations really necessary for a small party?

                    1. re: Aromatherapy
                      Northstar22 Apr 21, 2008 03:58 AM

                      are the Grapeleaves cold or hot at Karoun? How is the sempoog?

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