Babe's Mediterranean Bistro

★★★★☆

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We love this restaurant. My wife and I try to go as much as possible in the summer. It's always fantastic, and there's always some new exotic dish on the menu to try.

I happened to be searching online for information on when they open next season, when I came upon this site and read the ??rude? review from ??Barbara?? below.

I??ve never understood why people post such negative reviews, especially when it seems as though it has nothing to do with the quality of the food (which at Babe??s, by the way, is excellent!) and the reason I was so taken aback by this review in particular is, becasue as chance would have it, it was my wife and I that were the ??one couple? in the restaurant when this happened! Here is what I recall:

It was a little after 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night in mid-October (off-season for the Cape) and the place had emptied out, leaving only us, enjoying an awesome baklava cake and the rest of our wine, when four people came in. There seemed to be some confusion between them and the waiter, so we took notice.

The owner came out, apologizing, telling the people that he had waited for them and tried calling, but he had already shut the kitchen down. The people seemed to be understanding, saying ??Oh, we really should have called? etc... The owner apologized again, and recommended a few other local places that might still be open

As they left, I joked to him, saying: ??Do you want us to leave, too?? and he came over, telling us ??no, no, please take your time?, and he explained that the people had cancelled a reservation the night before because of a medical emergency and had made another reservation for that night at 7:30 but didn??t show up. He said he called twice and got no answer and even waited until 8:00, but he fgured they were still dealing with their ??emergency? and since the only other party left (us) were already on dessert, he decided to close the kitchen. He seemed to feel bad about turning them away, but with an empty restaurant in the off-season, he said he needed to ??shut it down?.

We chatted for a little while, he recommended some places in Turkey to visit (we're going in the Spring, and he had lived there). He was very nice, even offering us a couple glasses of champagne -- something he said he was doing because it was his final weekend of the season (in full disclosure, we declined).

What I don??t understand is how people can be so inconsiderate as to show up late without calling ahead, expect a small business to cater to their whim, and when it doesn??t, go online and post nasty and negative reviews such as they did. And now it??s out there forever for people to read. When they were in front of the owner, they came across as understanding, even apologetic. But from the safety of their home laptop, they lash out and try to punish a small business owner for something that was, in my opinion, their own damned fault. And they never even tried the food!!!

I guess this is where we are in 2010. The relative anonymity of the inernet blogger has given free reign to all the cranks out there. I confess to have given many online ??amateur reviewers? far too much weight whether I??m deciding where to eat, where to stay on vacation or which television set to buy. I guess I will think twice next time, and take the online review with a grain of salt.

There??s my rant, and I still haven??t found out when Babe??s opens up next year. But I look forward to it, and I??ll mention this site to the owner if I see him. Maybe we??ll get that champagne for sticking up for him ;).

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★★★★☆

We love this restaurant. My wife and I try to go as much as possible in the summer. It's always fantastic, and there's always some new exotic dish on the menu to try.

I happened to be searching online for information on when they open next season, when I came upon this site and read the ??rude? review from ??Barbara?? below.

I??ve never understood why people post such negative reviews, especially when it seems as though it has nothing to do with the quality of the food (which at Babe??s, by the way, is excellent!) and the reason I was so taken aback by this review in particular is, becasue as chance would have it, it was my wife and I that were the ??one couple? in the restaurant when this happened! Here is what I recall:

It was a little after 8:00 p.m. on a Saturday night in mid-October (off-season for the Cape) and the place had emptied out, leaving only us, enjoying an awesome baklava cake and the rest of our wine, when four people came in. There seemed to be some confusion between them and the waiter, so we took notice.

The owner came out, apologizing, telling the people that he had waited for them and tried calling, but he had already shut the kitchen down. The people seemed to be understanding, saying ??Oh, we really should have called? etc... The owner apologized again, and recommended a few other local places that might still be open

As they left, I joked to him, saying: ??Do you want us to leave, too?? and he came over, telling us ??no, no, please take your time?, and he explained that the people had cancelled a reservation the night before because of a medical emergency and had made another reservation for that night at 7:30 but didn??t show up. He said he called twice and got no answer and even waited until 8:00, but he fgured they were still dealing with their ??emergency? and since the only other party left (us) were already on dessert, he decided to close the kitchen. He seemed to feel bad about turning them away, but with an empty restaurant in the off-season, he said he needed to ??shut it down?.

We chatted for a little while, he recommended some places in Turkey to visit (we're going in the Spring, and he had lived there). He was very nice, even offering us a couple glasses of champagne -- something he said he was doing because it was his final weekend of the season (in full disclosure, we declined).

What I don??t understand is how people can be so inconsiderate as to show up late without calling ahead, expect a small business to cater to their whim, and when it doesn??t, go online and post nasty and negative reviews such as they did. And now it??s out there forever for people to read. When they were in front of the owner, they came across as understanding, even apologetic. But from the safety of their home laptop, they lash out and try to punish a small business owner for something that was, in my opinion, their own damned fault. And they never even tried the food!!!

I guess this is where we are in 2010. The relative anonymity of the inernet blogger has given free reign to all the cranks out there. I confess to have given many online ??amateur reviewers? far too much weight whether I??m deciding where to eat, where to stay on vacation or which television set to buy. I guess I will think twice next time, and take the online review with a grain of salt.

There??s my rant, and I still haven??t found out when Babe??s opens up next year. But I look forward to it, and I??ll mention this site to the owner if I see him. Maybe we??ll get that champagne for sticking up for him ;).

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We had dinner reservations for Friday night. Unfortunately, we had a medical emergency and had to cancel that evening. We made the reservations for the following night at 7:30. We were running a little late and left the one cell phone that worked in our rental house. When we arrived 15 minutes late--apologizing profusely-- we were told to wait while the manager was called. He walked in, looked at the four of us, waved his hand under his chin as if slashing his throat and said--without apologizing "You're late. We didn't think you were coming so we shut down the kitchen!" Mind you, it was 7:45 on a Saturday night. The place was empty except for one couple. You would have thought he wanted the business. I guess not. He was incredibly rude and we will never go back. The good news, we found a great Japanese restaurant called Saki in Provincetown where the food and service were great.

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We had dinner reservations for Friday night. Unfortunately, we had a medical emergency and had to cancel that evening. We made the reservations for the following night at 7:30. We were running a little late and left the one cell phone that worked in our rental house. When we arrived 15 minutes late--apologizing profusely-- we were told to wait while the manager was called. He walked in, looked at the four of us, waved his hand under his chin as if slashing his throat and said--without apologizing "You're late. We didn't think you were coming so we shut down the kitchen!" Mind you, it was 7:45 on a Saturday night. The place was empty except for one couple. You would have thought he wanted the business. I guess not. He was incredibly rude and we will never go back. The good news, we found a great Japanese restaurant called Saki in Provincetown where the food and service were great.

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Babe's is a great addition to the dining choices in the outer Cape. It's friendly and unpretentious, and the food is carefully and and imaginatively prepared. The cooking is Turkish/North African in its origins, but the chef has clearly put his own mark on the dishes. My group shared some appetizers and meze--we liked it all but fought over the last dips of muhammara (a somewhat spicy dip of ground nuts, red peppers flavored with pomegranate molasses) and hummous. The meatballs were also outstanding. Main courses were tasty and substantial--we had several kinds of kebabs (lamb, chicken, tuna); all were very good but maybe the chicken was the most striking. The tagines (vegetable and chicken with preserved lemons) were well-done, with very flavorful couscous.

Wine list was moderate (two pricing levels: $22 and $26) and seemed interesting enough.

We were too full for lots of desserts, but the one we tried--baklava cake--was excellent. It's a sort of reconstructed baklava--ground nuts and honey, but the phylo dough is replaced by a spongier cake.

You won't find your lobster or spaghetti con vongole at Babes, but you also don't get the silly pretence (or silly prices) of some of the `fancy' Ptown restaurants. I thought it was terrific, and definitely not something you'll find elsewhere in the area.

PS Babe's is in the same location as the bakery/cafe of the same name, but the bakery business is gone.

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★★★★★

Babe's is a great addition to the dining choices in the outer Cape. It's friendly and unpretentious, and the food is carefully and and imaginatively prepared. The cooking is Turkish/North African in its origins, but the chef has clearly put his own mark on the dishes. My group shared some appetizers and meze--we liked it all but fought over the last dips of muhammara (a somewhat spicy dip of ground nuts, red peppers flavored with pomegranate molasses) and hummous. The meatballs were also outstanding. Main courses were tasty and substantial--we had several kinds of kebabs (lamb, chicken, tuna); all were very good but maybe the chicken was the most striking. The tagines (vegetable and chicken with preserved lemons) were well-done, with very flavorful couscous.

Wine list was moderate (two pricing levels: $22 and $26) and seemed interesting enough.

We were too full for lots of desserts, but the one we tried--baklava cake--was excellent. It's a sort of reconstructed baklava--ground nuts and honey, but the phylo dough is replaced by a spongier cake.

You won't find your lobster or spaghetti con vongole at Babes, but you also don't get the silly pretence (or silly prices) of some of the `fancy' Ptown restaurants. I thought it was terrific, and definitely not something you'll find elsewhere in the area.

PS Babe's is in the same location as the bakery/cafe of the same name, but the bakery business is gone.

Pros: Great food; easy to park; friendly reception and service

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Hey I just read all of Juliolugo666's reviews from North Truro, what gives, fella? Do you work at Babe's? A little payola? Anyway, The NEW version of BABE'S is delicious, I agree. But, please spare us the bulls--t of all the cradle of civilation rap. BABE'S has some real promise and is quite good. I look forward to the second season and seeing how the menu evolves. Let's see how it changes or doesn't.

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★★★☆☆

Hey I just read all of Juliolugo666's reviews from North Truro, what gives, fella? Do you work at Babe's? A little payola? Anyway, The NEW version of BABE'S is delicious, I agree. But, please spare us the bulls--t of all the cradle of civilation rap. BABE'S has some real promise and is quite good. I look forward to the second season and seeing how the menu evolves. Let's see how it changes or doesn't.

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In the land of lobster rolls and T-shirt shops, otherwise known as Cape Cod, there is such an enormous dirth of good ethnic cuisine that year-round residents will often make pilgrimages to Boston or New York to get their fix of real Chinese, Indian, Japanese, or even truly authentic Italian food.
All these worldy cuisines have always had a place in the restaurant game of the lower Cape, where Anthony Bourdain cut his teeth amongst the all-but-dead old-school Portuguese chefs, and now here-today-gone-tomorrow seasonal culinary school graduates try to elevate the tried-and-true menu of a local institution to match their own level of egotistical s--t.

Hey, there's a reason our clam and chorizo dish has been a winner for a hundred years. It's because some squint like you hasn't come into town thinking it needs truffle oil and gorgonzola cheese!!!

Now, whereas most people have failed miserably in creating an entirely new animal on Cape Cod, there is a new restaurant that deserves all the praise that it will undoubtedly have coming to it in the following years....

Some talented chef has re-opened "Babe's" (a local institution for many years as a breakfast place) as a Mediterranean and Persian restaurant, and the results are absolutely amazing. The food is across-the-board fantastic, completely re-creating all of the exotic flavors of the eastern Mediterranean without any overly fussy, or foo-foo-type-crap.

The Mediterranean is the cradle of civilization and the foods of those people are both ancient and important. Sometimes it's too easy for a restaurant to become pigeon-holed as a kebab salonu or a falafel house.... but when a restaurant insists on reflecting the true over-arching character of the mediterranean, and succeeds on such an amazing level, well...

Just go there and experience it for yourself.

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★★★★★

In the land of lobster rolls and T-shirt shops, otherwise known as Cape Cod, there is such an enormous dirth of good ethnic cuisine that year-round residents will often make pilgrimages to Boston or New York to get their fix of real Chinese, Indian, Japanese, or even truly authentic Italian food.
All these worldy cuisines have always had a place in the restaurant game of the lower Cape, where Anthony Bourdain cut his teeth amongst the all-but-dead old-school Portuguese chefs, and now here-today-gone-tomorrow seasonal culinary school graduates try to elevate the tried-and-true menu of a local institution to match their own level of egotistical s--t.

Hey, there's a reason our clam and chorizo dish has been a winner for a hundred years. It's because some squint like you hasn't come into town thinking it needs truffle oil and gorgonzola cheese!!!

Now, whereas most people have failed miserably in creating an entirely new animal on Cape Cod, there is a new restaurant that deserves all the praise that it will undoubtedly have coming to it in the following years....

Some talented chef has re-opened "Babe's" (a local institution for many years as a breakfast place) as a Mediterranean and Persian restaurant, and the results are absolutely amazing. The food is across-the-board fantastic, completely re-creating all of the exotic flavors of the eastern Mediterranean without any overly fussy, or foo-foo-type-crap.

The Mediterranean is the cradle of civilization and the foods of those people are both ancient and important. Sometimes it's too easy for a restaurant to become pigeon-holed as a kebab salonu or a falafel house.... but when a restaurant insists on reflecting the true over-arching character of the mediterranean, and succeeds on such an amazing level, well...

Just go there and experience it for yourself.

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