Carambola vs. The Elephant Walk
What a great site!
Now - down to business. I recently returned to Boston after spending some time in Northern California, where I developed an obsession with Cambodian food. I had eaten at the Elephant Walk in the past, back when it was in a basement in Union Square, Cambridge.
I recently ate there again and I must say, even after having the real thing, their franco-fied Cambodian was very good, despite the inflated prices, pretentious staff, and uppity Porter Square locale.
But Carambola - how awful!
I was very unimpressed with their mediocre, expensive, gringo-fied fare. What happened? Do the owners of Elephant walk have anything to do with this place?
Also, i'd like to offer 2 of my recent favorite super cheap eateries:
pizza: Santarpio's, Chelsea st. in East Boston. IMPORTANT CAVEAT: don't order toppings.
indian/pakistani: the little counter at the back of the Shalimar grocery store in central square (not to be confused with shalimar restaurant in central sq.)
Thai: the booth in the Chinatown eaterie. Cheap and delicious!
I ate at the Cambridge Elephant Walk the other night and was sorely disappointed. The grease from the spring rolls literally dripped down my fingers and all the dishes were extremely oversalted. On the other hand, service was wonderful. Nevertheless, I think Elephant Walk deserves a downhill alert.