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Mujadara and Fatoush

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musicman Nov 11, 2012 09:03 AM

I used to love the Mujadara (lentils, carmelized onions) and Fatoush salad at Sepal, back when they were in Watertown. I know Sepal still has stands at the Galleria and at MIT, but I didn't see the mujadara at either. Any recommendations on where to go now?

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    bear Nov 11, 2012 09:12 AM

    My family loves the mujadara at Cafe Barada in Cambridge. It isn't topped with caramelized onions, but has a delicious onion flavor throughout. If you go, you might also want to try the ful mudammus, a delicious garlic and lemon bean preparation.

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      Madrid Nov 11, 2012 09:54 AM

      the Armenian grocery stores in Watertown (Maissis, Arax, etc.) all carry both in their prepared foods sections. Sofra on the Belmont/Cambridge line probably also has both on occasion.

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        cherrytomato Nov 11, 2012 09:58 AM

        Jasmine Persion Restaurant has an excellent Fatoush salad. Clean flavors and lots of cucumber and mint.

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          fara Nov 15, 2012 07:41 PM

          I don't know if they have those particular dishes, but Boston Kabob in Allston has the best Palestinian food I've ever had.

          1. opinionatedchef Nov 15, 2012 09:10 PM

            If you do end up exploring the Armenian markets in Watertown, I hope you'll visit their close neighbor, Eastern Lamejun, in Belmont. I think their flavorings, in all their dishes, are superior to those at Sevan, Arax etc. bear also mentioned 'ful mudammus' ; just fyi, the Egyptian place, Azama Grill in Allston- does a very flavorful version of this, as a salad or in a roll-up.

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              theparegorickid Nov 16, 2012 01:56 AM

              totally agree about Eastern Lamejun's better flavorings over Arax and Sevan
              never had EL's mujadara, though
              last time (June 2012) I found the mujadara at Arax to be all but inedible
              current fave for mujadara is the mjadra at Byblos in Norwwod, bit pricey at $14, though
              http://www.byblosrestaurant.com/home.php

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                Weatherly Mar 6, 2013 04:41 PM

                I think the lamejun is best at Eastern Lamejun but for me all the food is better at Massis. It may be because the people at Massis are from the same city that my grandparents came from and each different region has a slightly different cooking style. Their food tastes like I make it.

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                  chompie Mar 6, 2013 07:41 PM

                  agree with Cafe Barada . Also if they have it on the day you go, we loved the Maklouta, a bean and bulgher stew

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                    opinionatedchef Mar 6, 2013 10:22 PM

                    that's really neat; i'll stop in when i'm over there next. thx!

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                  AaronInBoston Mar 7, 2013 07:46 AM

                  I agree with the cafe barada recommendations, their mujadara is delicious. I love getting their sampler which includes this and their delicious hummus and baba ganouj. Parking isn't too terrible in North Cambridge either.

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