The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 14, 2007


The Mosquito Dines Out
174 Littleton Road
Westford, Mass. 01886

While most of us were on vacation, in the garden, or at the beach, a new restaurant opened in Westford that is worth noting. I got a call from Pat King Shaw to meet her and her family at a new place she had just discovered. The following Friday night we all got together at Karma in Westford, on Route 110 (Littleton Road) in the plaza near Jo-Ann's Fabric Store. That was the first time and we have been back twice since.

Pat King Shaw, center, her daughters Alexandra (left) and Angelica, and her mother, Jean Jenkins, enjoy a night out at Karma. (Courtesy photo)

The restaurant has a lovely décor, most of this imported from China with paintings by the father of Iverson Guo, the young owner. He is a well known painter in China who specializes in western style painting, very different from traditional Chinese work.

On the back wall are large, backlit Chinese characters. These make a thoughtful and dynamic design, so much so that my ever-curious husband Alex had to get up close and ask for a translation. These are ancient Chinese language characters that the owner/manager couldn't translate, so now he must call his father in China for an explanation. In my imagination they say:

"Welcome and enjoy the good food that my son has created for you."

At any rate, they have indeed created many delicious and different Chinese and Japanese choices.

I don't know of any other Asian restaurant that serves a choice of 14 soups or salads, in addition to extensive sushi and sashimi specialties. These include ika or hotate kaiyaki, and you pick either baked squid or baked scallops with crabstick, tobiko, spicy mayo and cheese or beef negima, grilled thin slices of sirloin steak rolled with scallions, cheese and coated with teriyaki sauce or perhaps lobster tempura. These are from a list of 22 starters.

My favorite is the lettuce wraps with pine nuts. These can be made with choice of chicken, shrimp or vegetable. On the list called Karma Special there are 17 selections including tiger's eye, volcano maki, and fire dragon maki. Many sport names such as Hawaii caterpillar tempura maki (it does not contain caterpillars) and B-52 maki (no airplanes, only yellowtail, tobiko, and asparagus, wrapped and lightly fried).

At noon Karma also offers lunch-box delicacies (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). In addition to all these and many more Japanese specialties, there are complete Chinese choices including Mongolian beef, crystal scallops and Hunan spicy Chilean fresh sea bass.

Although not listed on the regular menu, the restaurant offers a full bar and desserts.

Karma is open Monday through Thursday from 11:50 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:50 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

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