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From Tabouli to Tartare, New Eastern Mediterranean Spot Wows Diners

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Chef Dave Becker, mastermind of the wildly popular Sweet Basil in Needham, has crossed the border into Wellesley with Juniper. Sweet Basil offers southern Italian comfort food... homemade pasta, fried calamari and unarguably the best Chicken Parmesan this side of Italy. Not content to rest on his laurels by duplicating his winning Italian formula, Dave reinvented himself by creating an intriguing Mediterranean menu to launch Juniper. Pantry Road took one for the team and stopped by for lunch recently. We were smitten by the food, the setting and the service. And we're eager to return for dinner to explore the rest of the Mediterranean by way of Chef Dave's inventive interpretations.

In photos above: The Fattoush Salad is a classic light Moroccan dish. Juniper raises the bar with their homemade ultra-crunchy pita croutons. Assorted marinated olives arrive unbidden and are packed with flavor. Below: Becker's Lamb Moussaka is topped with a creamy béchamel and roasted eggplant lends an earthy flavor to this hearty entree. Cardamon scented iced tea sets the stage for the Mediterranean feast.


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