Mind-Blowingly Good Ethnic Suggestions?
- C. Simon
I am in need of one spectacular, mind-numbingly good ethnic meal. Any ehtinicity will do. Downscale is preferred.
What is the one place where I can be sure to enjoy such an other-worldy experience?
Aww, come on, that's not fair!!! You're one of the people we depend on for good ethnic tips!
As a caveat, I have to say, even tho I'm a totally chauvanistic Bostonian, my palate has been jaded lately..I humbly beg forgiveness; Vietnamese in San Jose, Dim Sum in San Francisco, and an Egyptian meal in Queens that blew my mind...
But I'll step up to the plate and take my lumps here...
Pho 2000 in Dorchester...(no liqour license, the best Vietnamese we have to offer...)
O'Fado in Peabody...Get the octopus...
Addis Red Sea...Tho you've probably been there; if you haven't go NOW!
That's as far as I'll delicately stretch my neck on the block, now I'll just duck the incoming missiles!
As a recent lurker, I humbly suggest two restaurants which are among my absolute favorites in Boston:
Sultan's Kitchen (Turkish) at 72 Broad Street, by Government Center. This restaurant is only open for lunch and is closed on Sundays. It had plans to be open for dinner (perhaps they are by now), but they do cater evening events. Food is ordered and picked up at the counter. The first time I went there, I was alone and so planned to flip through one of the many gourmet food magazines on the table (not very chow-ish, I know) as I ate my lunch. As soon as I tasted the food, however, I put away the magazines because the food demanded all of my attention. Highly recommended dishes: baba ganoush, any of the soups, almond pudding.
Brown Sugar Cafe (Thai) on Commonweath Avenue (disclaimer: I haven't yet tried Khao Sarn, but am intrigued by the numerous posts about it). The last time that I went to this branch (as opposed to the one in the Fenway), I couldn't believe how long the menu was. Particularly intriguing dishes were on a page with Thai lettering. Two highly recommended dishes that are not on this page are Thai Chili fish and Som Tum Papaya with Sticky Rice (salad).
One last note: one place that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine is Cafe Brazil on Cambridge Street in Allston. The food tastes more like "home cooking" than the food at the other restaurants (read: not as fancy), but it is really yummy and very reasonably priced.
I eat lunch at Sultan's Kitchen nearly once a week. That should tell you that I am in agreement with your high regard for the wonderful Turkish food there. Certainly along the lines of what I was looking for.
Brown Sugar (Fenway) is a favorite of my fiancee's so I have been there at least a dozen times. In all those visits, I have never had a dish that impressed me. I have always found it to be mediocre. I really don't get the appeal. As for Khao Sarn, I much prefer Khao Sarn to Brown Sugar. I also prefer Rod Dhee, Dok Bua, Bangock City, etc.
I'll have to try Cafe Brazil. I've been meaning to.