We arrived at what seemed like an abandoned restaurant in a "rougher" area of Lowell on a side street between the transitional housing center (homeless shelter) and the infamous Appleton Street. The small restaurant had a private parking lot on the side of the building.
|Romeo & Juliet restaurant exterior|
There were a couple of restaurant patrons eating huge rice plate meals with meat and salad. I knew for sure that we wouldn't be able to each finish one of our own. As you walk into the restaurant, the kitchen and ordering counter is on the left and there are bar stools and counters to the right.
The staff speaks very limited English so it was nice to have pictorial references hanging above the counter as well as displays with the pastry and dessert offerings for the day. Everything looked soo delicious, it was hard to narrow down our selection!
We went with three of the fried goodies (pastes) on display and also ordered a fried fish nugget rice plate.
The "pastes" were $2.75 each and was still warm when took a bite into them. The pictures do not do it justice. Each fried deliciousness was massive.
The pastel de carne was flaky with a beef filling. There was another option for cheese only. It was like a flat version of an empanada or Jamaican beef patty.
|pastel de carne beef pastry $2.75|
I was surprised to see a Kibe meat roll in the display case as the dish is more prevalent in Middle Eastern cuisine. Their version of the kibbe was fried and moist. There was plenty of ground and shredded meat. It was a huge piece.
|Fried Kibbe roll $2.75|
|Chicken and corn roll $2.75|
|Fish, beans, rice, fries, salad $8-10.00|
We will definitely be back to try other menu items at this place. Service was friendly and prices were great! The platter, (3) fried apps and sodas were less than $20.00.
Rome and Juliet Cafe
16 South Street
Lowell, MA 01852