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Wisteria House on Newbury st./Back Bay:

lorpa Nov 6, 2006 02:13 PM

This Chinese/Taiwan style cafe is one that I've overlooked, as a concierge, for hotel guests looking for Chinese food. So I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I attended their 12th year anniversary celebration. Owner/manager, Tina Peng, prepared traditional Taiwanese dishes and snacks that were delicious. I will go back. My question is, please, has anyone dined at Wisteria that will give a critique of food and service ? Because there are no other exclusively Chinese restaurants in this immediate area.

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    Zatan RE: lorpa Nov 6, 2006 02:22 PM

    I like it. They have some very good renditions of classic Taiwanese dishes, and the cooking in general seems to be very competent. Service is always friendly. I think it certainly rivals Taiwan Cafe and some of the food at WH is better I think. It's been a while since I was there, but some standouts I recall include the pork with garlic sauce, crispy chicken with basil, stewed fatty pork, pig ears. I guess I like pork =) Some of the tofu dishes were quite good as well.

    1. StriperGuy RE: lorpa Nov 6, 2006 03:31 PM

      Always liked this place. Not quite as good as Shangri-La, but very reliable and one of the places in the back bay where you can get a reasonable meal for small money.

      Lots of tasty items on the menu and very authentic.

      1. wittlejosh RE: lorpa Nov 6, 2006 04:47 PM

        I like it, too. Their Spicy Eggplant With Minced Pork is one of the best versions I've ever had of that dish. Plus, it's one of the only Chinese places in Boston that delivers.

        1. C. Hamster RE: lorpa Nov 7, 2006 06:39 PM

          I work down the street and we went there a few times maybe a years a go and found the whole experience forgettable. Except the service, which was remembered in a less than postive way.

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