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#680 of 1,863 Restaurants in Boston


$2 - $20
African, Indian, Healthy, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
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Jeffries Point
1.3 miles from North End
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Reviewed December 29, 2020

Went for lunch and had a really good meal. I had the vegetable platter and husband had fish. We also purchased a bottle of their hot sauce. No eat in dining but they have a small, covered area with tables and chairs. The owners gave...us some chai tea while we were waiting for our food. Generous portions and can't wait to try some of their other dishes.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed October 1, 2020 via mobile

Excellent take out meal. I haven't had good chapati in a long time. My new obsession is the bur. Yum. Just the right amount of sweetness. Just the right amount of spice. I could nibble on a piece all day. On my list to try...again. There is an outdoor seating area set up in the parking lane. Hoping to get over again before the weather gets too cold to take advantage of it.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed May 17, 2020 via mobile

This is the best restaurant in the area. Hands down the most gracious hospitality. And the food . . . Oh just beyond amazing! We are regulars here and will keep coming back!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020

Very nice place for family Awesome food. They have variety of delicious food I’m referring them to my close friends

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 7, 2020

I went with my 39 year old son on Sunday for lunch at this small restaurant in East Boston about 1:30 so we avoided the crowds we had heard about. There were two tables for four and about four tables for two. We had heard...the food was wonderful and it was!!! He had the ginger coffee with milk and I had the very aromatic tea with spices without milk—just what I needed on a cold windy day. We began with the vegetarian Sambusa appetizer, two large pieces stuffed with potatoes and spinach. Tho they were deep fried, they were not at all greasy and were delicious. It came with two sauces on the side, one home made and HOT and can be bought by the bottle, and the other a coconut mango chutney which was delicious. I usually cannot handle anything hot- spicy but this was an exception. It was full of taste and not very spicy. We then ordered the Fish ‘Malay’ Biriyani and the Tawakal platter, chapati strips cooked in a fragrant (not spicy) tomato sauce with chick peas and lots of spinach. They were both superb. It was good to have both dishes so we had a variety. Both portions were huge and just $12 each. We both were hungry but took home enough left overs for another meal because of the generous helpings. The place was staffed by a cashier-waitress and a cook when we were there. We also met the owner, a Somali American who had gone to the East Boston high school years ago. We found out that Somali food was influenced by the Italian occupation as well as trade with India and other countries nearby, but the Somalis have made their own twist to dishes. You can see from the menu that there are good vegetarian options This restaurant was listed in the food magazine Bon Apetit’s top new restaurant in 2019 with good reason. My son looks forward to bringing his wife and sons back here soon.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed October 5, 2019

The owner of this restaurant along with his family members who run the place with him are amazing...but the food. The food is beyond good. Somali cuisine...what is it? I wasn't sure either. I recognized some of the items as they seemed to be similar...to other cuisines such as Middle Eastern or Indian...but they're 100% their own. Their wrap sandwiches are amazing for a grab and go. Don't forget the Mango Hot Sauce that they make themselves!!! It's very hot so if you're sensitive to that...becareful...but worth the taste! I've never had anything like it. I highly recommend this place!!!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed August 27, 2019

Food and service top notch at this small family restaurant. Made from scratch, very healthy omnivore and veg options, new things to try, samples offered...

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed November 20, 2018

This could become our neighborhood restaurant. It's that kind of place--families with kids, couples, young, old, the kind of place where everyone knows your name. Or at least your favorite dish. The owner/chef (whose name I forget!) is warm and passionate about food and hospitality....He prepares meals right there, along with his mother and other family members. Each dish is made with love and care and prepared on the spot. This is a small place, but the food is exotic and delicious. Great addition to East Boston.More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed November 10, 2018

I've been waiting for this restaurant to open! Cozy little spot in a little red building in East Boston on Maverick street. Very welcoming one-room restaurant with a chalkboard wall and warm saffron colored walls. The nicest chef and staff ever. Went there last night...with a friend and got the most amazing Somali dish- Chickpea and Spinach Tawakal plate ,which had Chapati strips cooked in it. Yum! My friend got the hummus and falafel plate with a fresh green salad. Dishes are made from scratch every day and portions were generous. Will be back often!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Tawakal Halal Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5