Sofra in Cambridge
Just got back from late lunch with two friends. Very attractive small space, honey colored walls, benches covered with kilims (sofras?) low copper tables, stools. Food arranged along a low counter overlooking kitchen. A little confusion on ordering first time, $9 gets you five selections from the mezze bar, with three small slices of bread with za'tar (?). We asked for additional breads at $1 each. We chose green olive and walnut salad, beet tzatziki, goat cheese with cilantro, syrian hummus and potato with almond and garlic. The mezze are sufficiently different in texture, taste and color to go well together and they are all delicious, but I found them a little intense to eat on their own, without something lighter and juicier such as a plate of sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, for instance, or rapini dressed with olive oil and lemon. Saw others eating what looked like roll-ups, and there are delicious looking pastries, cookies and breakfast foods. I have always wished for a restaurant showcasing the ingredients offered by the Armenian stores just up the road, and with Sofra Ana Sortun is certainly introducing us to the wonderful range of middle eastern cuisine. The complete menu is online (www.sofrabakery.com), open 7 to 7, etc.