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New Middle Eastern Grocer / Prepared Food Takeaway in Waterbury

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Uncledave Nov 2, 2009 07:50 AM

Stopped by the new joint that opened up next door to the Anatolia Turkish restaurant on Plank road. (I think it's a new place -- I didn't notice it before). Guess this is now the middle eastern district!

It's not the same owners of Anatolia, but I believe they are also Turkish.

I ordered a smattering of takeaways. A chicken shwarma sandwich which was very good, though they didn't heat it through as much as I'd like. The falafel platter was excellent, not too heavy or greasy falafels, seasoned nicely. An order of foul (bean stew) was cooked to order and was fine and hit with some fresh lemon juice, though a bit too garlicky. The hummus was outstanding -- I don't hummus whipped creamy like a mousse, and this had good texture and balanced with lemon and not overspiced.

An order of taboulli was dreadful. He emptied out the bottom of a 1/3 pan into a plastic container, and it tasted like it had sat all week -- limp tasteless parsley and sad tomato bits drowning in oil. I took one bite of it when I got home and chucked it in the trash.

They sell various grocery and frozen items, oilves, pita/turkish breads, etc, and some pastries baked on premises.

For such a (I believe) newly opened place I have to say it appeared a little dingy inside. And warning: the owner and his family who work there had a serious case of the grumps and did not act very customer-friendly. For my takeout order he promised it would be done in 10 minutes, which dragged to close to 20. All the while his wife did zero to help him get the order ready, while he made complaints about his "lazy wife".. .and his late-teen age daughter goofed around the computer. She got up and finally put something I bought in a bag after her father screamed at her from across the place, "Help, or I break you [sic] computer!"

Given the combative atmosphere, and how he sold me some past-due taboulli that I'm sure he knew was going to taste awful, this place isn't promising to be a reliable winner, but I'll likely give it another go for takeaway due to the convenience off the highway.