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A Combo Dish Primer

For the food-curious diner who has no idea where to start, these dishes offer low-risk entry into new worlds of flavor

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Thali at Rasoi
This thoughtfully combined sampler of dishes is carefully balanced for both nutrition and enjoyment. Try the vegetarian Satvic with vegetable mango curry, saag paneer, lentils, naan, rice and house favorite cauliflower 65. 727 East Ave., Pawtucket. 728-5500.

Meat Combination at Abyssinia
Ethiopian food features a dazzling array of wots, heavily spiced, stew-like dishes similar to Indian curries. This platter, available for one or two, lets you choose two of the meat wots, along with all four of the vegetable options and plenty of injera bread. 333 Wickenden St. 454-1412.

Southern Italian Board at Bacaro
Bacaro is known for its extensive salumeria. Experience some of the best selections with this assortment of meats, cheeses and marinated vegetables, including speck, a lightly smoked prosciutto, and buffalo mozzarella. 262 South Water St. 751-3700.

Molcajete Azteca at Don Jose Tequilas
A molcajete is a Mexican stone mortar and pestle used for grinding and crushing spices and salsas. This one, however, is filled with sirloin strips, chicken breast, grilled cactus, shrimp, chorizo and Viajero ceese. 351 Atwells Ave. 454-8951.

Love Bowl at Jacky’s Waterplace
Pretty much every sushi restaurant offers combination dinners, but not many are as extravagant as this one: chef’s choice nigiri and sashimi, Rainbow Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll and Scorpion Roll, which is actually a combination of Dancing Eel and Spider Rolls. That’s right, this one’s got rolls on rolls. 200 Exchange St. 383-5000.

Octopus & Bulgogi Bento at Teriyaki House
The famous Japanese bento box is a sampler of lunch delights in a conveniently compartmented box. This one includes two of the best Korean barbecue options with chef’s daily sides, rice, salad and miso soup. 217 Westminster St. 331-1651.