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Aug 3, 2006 02:52 PM

Zoe's Now in Brookline!

An article in today's Brookline Tab has said that Shalom Beijing, a kosher Chineese restaurant in Brookline Village has done away with its kosher kitchen and since the owner is also the owner of Zoe's in Somerville, he is bringing in a new chef from China to redo the menu. It seems to be open.

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  1. Saw the bright red Zoe's sign on the way home yesterday. Thanks for confirming. Hope they have the same menu as the original.

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    1. re: Taralli

      The best dish to compare would be the lamb with cumin. It is a searingly spicy but flavorful dish at the Somerville location -- you'd all be excited if they do it as well at the new place. Keep us posted!

      1. re: yumyum

        I liked that dish at New Taste of Asia. I hope that this fills the void left by their departure.

    2. Right around the corner from Chez Galley... :-)

      1. There's a "Grand Opening, 20% off" sign out right now, and a sign that advertises "Luncheon Buffet, All You Can Eat, $6.95"
        Does the Somerville Zoe's have a lunch buffet?

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        1. re: galleygirl

          Nope. Good value lunch specials, but no buffet. No space for it in the building!

        2. The chef at the new location clearly has a more skilled hand (and mise setup) than the chef at the Somerville location.

          I had a double-cooked pork in Brookline that was exploding with flavor, with very thin, chewy/fatty pork, thin sliced scallions and poblanos, slices of garlic, cilantro stems, and lots of oil.

          The Somerville version uses much thicker cuts of the same type of pork, the vegetables are big chunks of green bell pepper and onion, and the sauce is much plainer.

          Scallion pancakes at Brookline had fresher flavor, but couldn't quite attain the awesomeness of the Somerville version.

          The tea is better in Brookline (it often tastes bitter in Somerville).

          It's the same crappy rice at both places.

          I think they haven't quite figured out service in Brookline. It was bad, but well-meaning.

          1. Do they have a beer & wine license?

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            1. re: BobB

              They will have it 8/15. Full liquor license, transferred from the old place, but they have to reapply anyway.

              They are going to serve Northern style dim sum on weekends, starting next week. They hired a second chef, from Yunan, so they're also doing Hunanese specialties.

              1. re: galleygirl

                Sorry I'm confused, is there a typo? -- they have Yunnan chef cooking Hunan food? Hunan and Yunnan cuisines are rather different -- Yunnan's known for (among other things) long simmered broths, whereas Hunan's characterized by "fragrant spicy" food. Sounds interesting either way, looking forward to checking them out.