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Without undergoing a renovation, the former 145 Luncheonette has revamped its menu to include the full range of desert delights from the Arabian Peninsula's southern end. Before, the menu was mainly limited to a single table dahote of rice, curried potatoes, and roast meat. Though roast lamb shank is still a highlight, you can now get salta (a bubbling meat-and-vegetable porridge with foamy fenugreek on top) and aseed (a giant doughy dumpling deposited in a lake of brown gravy). But the bargain dinners of chicken, lamb, or "Cajun fish" (!) still come with a cup of consommé and a salad.
This is the year when Yemeni restaurants re-invaded Atlantic Avenue, with their mixture of rustic desert fare and mainstream Middle Eastern. The grandly named Yemen Cuisine, which previously went by the mundane but charming name of 145 Luncheonette, remade itself from a table d'hôte place that offered one complete meal of lamb or chicken into an à la carte café. Now you can sample the Yemeni classic aseed, a gigantic doughy dumpling reminiscent of the... More »
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