I met up with L after work one day last week and we dropped in to Wrapro, a newish Lebanese falafel and wrap place on Mass ave between Porter and Harvard. I’d been meaning to check it out for a while. The place is modern (IKEA furnished if I don’t miss my guess) and clean, with a large case of baklava and other sweets on the counter and slowly spinning shwarmas behind it.
We ordered up a vegetarian platter and the special, pumpkin kebbee (I’m more used to seeing it with meat and spelled kibbeh) The platter contained some falafel, grape leaves, tabouleh and hummus with bread on the side. Not terribly photogenic but awfully tasty.
I’ve talked before about having a soft spot or a sweet tooth for pumpkin, so I was extra happy to find a vegetarian version of my favorite kibbeh and delighted to find it with pumpkin. I don’t really think of pumpkin as something you substitute in for meat like you might with mushrooms for example, but it worked well. The sweet pumpkin matched up well with the cinnamon and bulgur without being cloying. The texture was maybe a little mushier than I would have liked, but it was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. I have no idea how close it is to Wrapro’s, but here’s a recipe for pumpkin kibbeh.
I plan to return and fully evaluate the falafel and check out the baba too.