Boston isn't all about seafood and Italian food, there are a few special places that add a big diversity to the available food in town. Sarma is one of those few special places and I have to say it's only a type of restaurant I won't be able to find in LA, making Sarma one of my favorite spots in Boston so far.
Located in Somerville, Sarma is the sister restaurant of Oleana in Cambridge, both specializing in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, but Sarma focuses on meze /small plates and is more casual.
Lamb kofte sliders, tomato, brown butter, pickles ($10) - one of the must gets!
Corn cakes, goat cheese, salty date butter, cilantro, pecans ($10)
Chickpea crepe harira, braised lamb, house made harissa, cilantro ($13)
Cypriot Ravioles, mint, pistachio pesto, peas, haloumi crack ($14)
Feta baked in phyllo, fennel, grapes, arugula, raisin emulsion ($13)
Octopus, green charmoula, vermicelli, charred cucumber ($15)
Harissa BBQ duck, carrot, orange blossom, apricot, almonds ($16)
There are 2 choices for dessert, but you have the option for various toppings on both. What I would suggest is to get the Greek-style frozen yogurt ($5).
Each topping is $2 and they include options like marinated cherries or Halva caramel (definitely get the caramel - I heard about a guy who skipped the yogurt completely and ordered a jar of caramel and just spooned it out).
Oh, yeah, Sarma also has some good cocktails. On my first visit I had the Carum (Skadi aquavit, yogurt, clove, caraway, lemon, $11), which was pretty refreshing yet unique.
If you like a slightly more bitter but still sweet cocktail, try the King's Scepter (Amaro Lucano, banana, lime, $10)
Going to Sarma is a bit hard if you don't have a car, since it's not really near any T stops, but I've always had great meals there and it's definitely worth the trek to try this place! Bring a lot of people to share, since you're gonna want to order everything.
249 Pearl St
Somerville, MA 02145