Bites Nearby: Roksana

A new take-out grill and deli on Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown specializes in kababs and other Iranian fare.

Just opened last week, , at 133 Mt. Auburn St. near Watertown Square, offers a variety of Persian kababs, boxed with either rice or homemade naan, and cool side dishes such as a creamy yogurt, mint and garlic dip and stuffed grape leaves. The kababs can be beef, marinated with walnuts, pomegranate juice and other spices; chicken, lamb, fish, or eggplant. The eggplant is cooked first by barbequing rather than boiling. "It's harder to do right, but it tastes better," says co-owner Ala Tolouei. 

Suggested dish: We ordered the chicken kabab with naan ($7) and two side orders: a yogurt, mint and garlic spread ($2.25) and vegetarian stuffed grape leaves ($2.50). The chicken was grilled in front of us, yellowy with saffron. It was mild and the naan was plain but fresh. A bit more spice in both might have made them even better. The two side dishes almost stole the show: they were rich and flavorful.

The vibe: Spotless and eager to please, since they just opened.

Cool factor No. 1: They're still experimenting with their menu and feedback is welcome.

Cool factor No. 2: A baker rolls out the naan on a counter at the front window.

Marian Ferro May 09, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I ate there last week and very much enjoyed my dish. The chicken kabab was delicious as was the basmati rice, and I had enough food for a meal the next day as well. It's also inexpensive. I look forward to eating there again.


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