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Caspian Cafe dishes harmonious flavors 

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If you’ve ever eaten a dish wherein individual bites sans all the ingredients fail to please, but a bite containing all elements delivers a symphonic effect, a flavor harmony that ties everything together, then my experience with Caspian Cafe’s Lamb Tagine with artichokes and fava beans will make sense to you. The meat eaten alone tastes like bland stew meat, but once brine-rich artichoke hearts pair with that — the acidity muted by said blandness — and a hint of saffron and other classic tagine spices factor in with tomato tartness, the favas, and rice, the dish really pops. Garnishing lemon doesn’t do much when squeezed, nor does it on an appetizer of thick-cut, firm eggplant in spicy honey sauce (think: vegetarian steak). Chile pepper heat pairs well with the sweetness, and a thick yogurt dollop tames a bit of that spice and rounds the overall taste well; despite a nice char, the eggplant could be more enjoyable were it a little less tough.
Location Details Caspian Café
4375 Sinton Road
Central
Colorado Springs, CO
528-1155
Mediterranean

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