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Tiger Lily Debacle

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Lindsay B. Apr 13, 2002 12:40 AM

I keep getting dragged to Tiger Lily on Westland. It's in the neighborhood, open 'til 2am, and casual about checking ID. It's also on of the worst restaurants I've been to in Boston. The food is expensive ($13-$16 for a basic stir-fry, $10-12 for noodles or fried rice), and ranges between barely edible (squid-flavored noodles, tom yum seafood soup) to vile (har kow shrimp dumplings.) The service has never been good. The last time we were there, our server forgot which of our entrees was which. It says something about the food that the noodle dishes cannot be differentiated even by trained observers. Tonight's experience was the last straw:

1. The service was terrible. Our server kept looking away and talking to other people while I was trying to order. I had to repeat my order three times before she finally got it. Then she came back a few minutes later to ask whether I'd ordered the red curry or the white.
2. It took so long for my dinner to arrive that most of my friends were done eating by the time I was served. My boyfriend was still waiting for his soup at this point.

3. The waitress brought me the white curry instead of the red. It took about five minutes of emphatic gesticulating to get her attention. Then she insisted that this WAS the red curry and walked away. Uh, no.

4. The food was terrible. My ostensibly red, ostensibly vegetable curry turned out to be a kind of yellow cocounut milk slime with a few limp green beans and a lot of semi-solid cabbage floating in it. The eggplant chunks made my tongue feel all furry. This can't be a good sign.