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Jan 5, 2009 04:52 PM

Reef Cafe: RIP

It is with deep sadness that I report the closing of the Reef Cafe in Allston. I saw the note posted on the door today as I walked by which said a new Japanese place would be moving in.

I can remember back to when I'd eat there. I'd place my order with Salaam, he'd call it down to mama who would create some truly delicious food. Back then, I used to go several times a week. The family was so welcoming and generous, that it was hard not to love the place between the great food and atmosphere. Once they became well known though, I don't think they could keep up with the volume and they resorted to pre-cooking and freezing main dishes.
I'd go back for the odd falafel or shawarma sandwich but it wasn't the same.

I'm sad to see them go and I hope other stars of the neighborhood don't go down this path.
Incidentally, I was on my way to Gitlo's when I spotted the note. I was afraid he'd head down the same path after that Globe article, but I'm happy to say that the place is back to what it started out as - great made-to-order dim sum. Let's hope it stays that way!

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  1. This is so sad I can't stand it. My friends and I always argue who has the best falafel and Reef Cafe is (was -- *sigh*) always one of the contenders. And Salaam is so incredibly nice.

    1. That is sad. I loved the place, but even as I did, it never really hit it's stride and was able to be the well-oiled-machine that any restaurant must become. RIP Reef Cafe.

        1. Rats! My favorite fava falafel, just fine Mom's kind of cooking all around. I didn't go often enough, obviously.

          1. too bad... it really was good.