When I walked into Sabur restuarant, my immediate thought was “Wow, this wasn’t what I was expecting from what I thought was a hole in the wall restaurant.” And after one of the best meals I’ve had at any restaurant in Boston, I felt like I was back. I felt revitalized. I felt like Whitey Bulger, ruling over Somerville as all the other the other citizens eat at their inferior restaurants. This place is absolutely fantastic, and if you live in Somerville or Cambridge you have absolutely no reason to be missing this place.
Sabur bills itself as “exotic mediterranean cuisine,” which is pretty spot on. More specifically, “The menu features exotic flavors and aromas of regions ranging from Italy, Greece, Southern France, and the Balkans to North Africa and beyond. The food is sophisticated in flavor, rustic in charm, and unpretentious in appearance.” I can’t wait to go back, as there’s a menu full of options that I’m interested in for every course.
After my meal, I began kicking myself. For the last 3 years, I’ve lived less than a half of a mile from this restaurant – it’s literally the one restaurant in my immediate neighborhood that I haven’t been to. I’ve thought about it many times, but with its bizarre location I simply never made it there. I only made it there last night when my roommate and I exhausted our list of the restaurants we typically frequent and were unable to come to a consensus – “let’s try that Saber, Sarbur, Serbir place, whatever the hell it is,” we decided. I’m still smiling ear to ear.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t expecting to be writing a restaurant review when I went in, so I don’t have any pictures of the food – but I can assure you that the presentation was fantastic. Every course made me whimper with joy and I hereby vow to go back and complete a full review. Here’s what I had:
Starter: Bread, with awesome olive oil.
Drink: A Caipirinha.
Appetizer: Warm goat cheese with roasted eggplant and pepper dip.
Appetizer: Zucchini and feta fritters with avjar.
Drink: Harpoon Munich dark.
Entree: Seared Nantucket sea scallops over crab cake polenta, asparagus, moscato, truffle butter sauce.
Dessert: Glazed apricots filled with mascrapone and almonds, lemon drizzle.
After dinner drink: Moroccan mint tea.
Coupled with cool mediterranean decor and incredibly tasty food, the service at Sabur was flawless as well – casual, attentive enough, but happy to leave you alone as well. I can’t say enough about this place – if you have the opportunity, it’s a can’t miss.