For our second night in Boston, we dined with my aunt and uncle who drove up from New York. We tried a popular Mediterranean restaurant called Sarma also in Somerville.
The menu at Sarma is a combination of Greek and Turkish mezes with numerous options making it almost impossible on deciding on what to order. They even come around to your table with various specials of the day dim sum style. Since we were sharing everything, we ordered a mix of vegetable, seafood, and meat dishes.
We started off with fried olives stuffed with slightly spicy merguez sausage on top of smashed green chickpeas. Simple but tasty little bites.
The seven layer hummus was actually one of my favorite dishes; various delicious dips served with falafel crackers.
The mussels were cooked perfectly, plump and juicy, flavored with fennel, ginger, harissa, and crème fraîche.
The avocado tabouleh was sadly my least favorite dish. I absolutely love avocado and tabouleh but the dish needed a punch of flavor to bring it to the next level.
The lamb köfte sliders were slightly on the heavy side but were flavorful with tomato and pickles.
The harissa barbecue duck was definitely a highlight of the meal. Tender charred pieces of duck with refreshing juicy orange segments and a silky carrot purée.
The baby artichokes were a great vegetarian dish. Slightly broiled fresh baby artichokes with broccoli rapini served over soft tart yogurt polenta.
The chicken dish was the only one that wasn’t on the menu but from the dim sum daily options. It was really tasty, extremely crispy but with moist meat.
The basturma and cheese sambusek was basically a hot pocket stuffed with ground beef and gooey melted cheese served with a refreshing relish.
The nettle spanakopita was a cool take on the traditional version but I prefer the traditional spinach filling but I did really enjoy the cucumber sorrel tzatziki sauce.
Our last dish was the Moroccan fried shrimp with small crunchy fried shrimp served with a cabbage slaw with pistachio and carrots.
Since I was so full towards the end of the meal, I couldn’t quite enjoy some of the last dishes as I only sampled them. Even though we were a party of four and all the dishes were small portions, we ordered a bit too much food. Regardless of that, majority of the food was yummy and a fun modern take on traditional mezes. Therefore I’d rate Sarma at an 8/10.