Juniper brings Mediterranean flavors to Wellesley

August 3, 2014 - table lamp

Where to Juniper, a new Mediterranean grill in Wellesley.

What for Fans of Italian grill Sweet Basil in Needham will wish to revisit Juniper — cook and restaurateur Dave Becker operates both. Come to Juniper for a take on a flavors of Greece, Morocco, a Middle East, and over from Becker and executive cook Tim Fichera.

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The scene The doorway to Juniper is rhythmical by a cadre of immature women in select rompers. Inside, a bar area is swarming with people plucking olives from little dishes and sipping cocktails. The space is slight as a caf� car, with an arched ceiling; potted pathos and silken orange chandeliers hang overhead, and a green-shaded list flare casts a comfortable glow. The bar area leads to a dining room embellished Mediterranean blue with winding booths cushioned by geometric maroon fabric. A father and son who demeanour only like any other are seated during a high-top eating lamb burgers. A forbidding immature male with gratifying facial hair is on a date with a lady in a patterned tunic with unclothed legs, a disorderly bun, and a coral purse. Improbably blond women in white tank tops lay subsequent to group in aqua button-downs and vessel shoes. People during adjacent tables cater one another over packed portions of seafood couscous, served on Becker’s handmade pottery.

What you’re eating At a bar, a transport is some-more casual: quinoa falafel, lamb burgers on homemade English muffins with thick, creamy-centered chickpea fries. The unchanging menu offers dainty dips (beet hummus, smoked eggplant, almond skordalia), light and splendid appetizers such as melon-mint gazpacho and charred octopus with apple-jicama slaw, and categorical courses from lamb agnolotti with roasted tomato salsa and Greek yogurt to grilled, spiced dress beef with zucchini latkes. For dessert: rice pudding, a semolina cake called revani, and more.

Care for a drink? Sweet Basil is BYO, though Juniper offers wine, beer, and artistic cocktails. Try a Gypsy Swing, a agreeably sharp refreshment of reposado tequila, Aveze liqueur, sumac, Aleppo pepper, and lime.

Overheard Talk about Wellesley, genealogy, and negronis. At a bar, a lady samples several beers with curiosity. “I don’t know these,” she says. “I like Sam Summer.” “I know you’re not underage celebration with your parents,” a barkeeper tells a childish patron, checking his ID. Friends accumulate for a post-vacation cooking before returning to work: “The genuine universe kind of sucks,” one records with a laugh. “You guys are all from Wellesley, right?” one caf� asks a people during a subsequent list over. “He doesn’t consider I’m married, so . . . ,” one lady confides. “Did we get my blood exam results?” a male inquires of his wife. A family of 4 is leaving, smiles on their faces. “That was delicious! we consider we’ll be back,” says a mom. Halfway down a block, a lady stops a caf� with a takeout box: “Did we only eat during Juniper’s? How was it?”

13 Central St., Wellesley. 781-446-6950.

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