Let me warn you, this is not a restaurant you go to for the ambiance. The corner space used to be a pizza shop and has not changed much, including the faux Greek columns. But the décor is not why you trek in to Malden; it is for the food. Alex and I shared the lamb and couscous (a Friday only special) and the chicken B’stilla.
The lamb shank was huge and so tender and flavorful; it was nestled in to small, fluffy grains of couscous, tender carrots, meltingly soft onions and chickpeas.
As good as the lamb was; it was the B’stilla that stole the show. It was outstanding! It was shredded chicken and ground almonds wrapped in flaky phyllo dough. The pastry was spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cardamom; the whole thing is finished off with a dusting of powdered sugar. I loved the blend of the sweet and savory, the warm spices mixing with the sweet nuttiness of the almonds. I don’t think I’m doing the dish justice with my words; you should just go and try it for yourself. The B’stilla is not on the menu, but the sisters that own the restaurant are happy to make you one.
The prices are quite low – the two entrees and a pot of sweet mint tea cost us less than $30. The sisters are friendly and are eager to make sure you are enjoying their homemade food. I can’t wait to go back – I didn’t get to try a tagine (there is a lamb and prune one I was particularly interested in).