Friday, July 12, 2024

The carrot tahini soup at Sofra in Cambridge. (Photo: Madeleine Aitken)

Price: $7.50

Nestled into an inconspicuous corner on the Watertown edge of Cambridge sits Sofra Bakery. A small outpost by the force who opened Oleana and Sarma, Sofra serves Middle Eastern fare at the same high quality for a fraction of the price. Its offerings – which range from oven-ready meals and to-go meze to breakfast and lunch options such as shakshuka and shawarma – are contemporary interpretations of the traditional cuisines of Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. On an oft-overwhelming menu, the carrot tahini soup is not to be missed. Thick and smooth, the soup is deeply carrotty, served with a tahini drizzle. Its richness is balanced by a slight kick, and it comes with a side of “crick cracks,” black-and-white sesame-seeded crackers that served as a pleasant crunch element. If anything, the soup could’ve used more tahini, but otherwise, it was pretty perfect.

Sofra Bakery & Cafe, 1 Belmont St., Strawberry Hill, Cambridge 

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