Moby Dick, what would you expect of the cuisine? My first thought would be seafood, or maybe traditional New England. I certainly would not expect a Persian and Middle Eastern Style Barbecue restaurant. Yet there is a famous Moby Dick restaurant in Tehran, Iran, and it appears some people in the U.S. have adopted the name for their own Persian restaurants. I am still not sure the original reason for the naming of this place, but there is some type of connection.
As part of a recent food blogger dinner, which was complimentary, I visited Moby Dick, located on Huntington Avenue in Boston. This is an independent place, not connected to the chain of Moby Dick restaurants based out of Washington, D.C. It is a small hole-in-the-wall spot, which you might pass by without giving it a second glance. Parking is difficult but it is close to a couple subway stops and gets lots of foot traffic from local college students.
Inside, it is a small, casual place that looks like nothing special and which does not instill high expectations. But you must give Moby Dick a chance as its plain veneer conceals some freshly made and top notch food. I was pleasantly surprised at the high quality of the cuisine, and it deserves a hearty recommendation. Who would have suspected to find such a worthy spot in this locale?
The restaurant is open every day, except Monday, for lunch and dinner. The menu consists of Appetizers (most $3.95-$5.95), A La Carte (salads and yogurt for $2.95-$5.95), Rice Platters ($14.95-$22.95), Sandwiches ($6.95-$10.95), and Vegetarian ($4.95-$7.50). During lunch, they also have a number of organic specials. Rice Platters come with one or two skewers of meat, and are served with basmati rice, barbecued tomato, pita bread and a choice of garden salad, Shirazi salad or cucumber yogurt. Sandwiches may be filled with ground beef, steak, lamb, chicken, vegetarian, or even swordfish. Plenty of diversity so that everyone should be able to find a meal that appeals to them. Prices are also reasonable, especially considering the quantity of food I witnessed on other people's dinners.
For our meal, we were presented with a diverse selection of dishes, family style, to sample a variety of their foods.
Though you might be tempted to just walk by this restaurant, you should stop by and enjoy their reasonably priced, plentiful and delicious food. True passion goes into this restaurant, elevating it above your expectations. I will definitely be returning here, and give it a hearty recommendation. It is one of those excellent restaurants which largely operates under the radar, so impress your friends and take them there.