Roslindale will burst with new flavors next month as the former Seven Star Street Bistro space temporarily welcomes a new pop-up from some familiar faces of Boston’s restaurant world. Avi Shemtov, of the Chubby Chickpea food truck, and Jeff Gabel, of the Kitchen Kibitz pop-up series, will introduce Simcha at 153 Belgrade Ave. in Roslindale starting on Thursday, October 5.
The pop-up focuses on contemporary Israeli cuisine and will reflect its namesake, simcha, which is a Hebrew word that conveys joy and celebration. Running through the month of October, Simcha will feature dishes that include smoked goat blintzes with sweet cheese and cherry gastrique; eight-hour baked lamb belly cassoulet with heritage pork sausage; milk and honey burrata with smoked persimmons, confit tomatoes, and marinated eggplant; and berbere-spiced cioppino with clams, shrimp, and dogfish.
“Israeli cuisine today is sleek, stylish, and sexy with inspirations from around the world,” said Shemtov in a release. “We want to demonstrate the depth, breadth, style, and technique of this great global cuisine.”
To do so, Shemtov and Gabel will take inspiration from the various regions where Jewish culture has roots.
“The food we’re cooking showcases the history of the Jewish migration across north Africa, the Mediterranean, and eventually around the world and also highlights contemporary techniques, too,” said Gabel via the release.
Look for Simcha in Roslindale on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights in October, starting October 5. The dinners will run from 5 to 10 p.m., and Shemtov and Gabel will also serve brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.