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For Thai to die for

EATTV Jun 1, 2007 08:45 AM

Well maybe not die for but in a town where the Thai Cuisine runs toward a neutral American palate I am excited about Coconut Cafe. The owners used to own The Bangkok on Mass Ave. That was my first Thai cuisine experience when the Hub had only a few Thai restaurants. A painting of an old man smoking a bong survives the old restaurant on the wall of the Wellesley location. (There a Coconut Cafe in Newton center too.) Sit up straight and smile because this little gem is as they say in Thailand "Aroi dee"; Yummy the most. No Singha beer alas but great Thai Iced Tea. Curries are excellent, som tam (papaya salad), tom yum noodle soup, larb kai (spicy minty chicken salad) and lots more that will draw me back. Nua Yang Nam Tok was tasty but no authentic "waterfall-beef "of Bangkok street cart legend. In Thai nua is beef, yang means broiled (over a charcoal burner), and nam tok is a waterfall. The name comes from the sound the juices dripping from the beef onto the open charcoal brazier make. Satay needed better marinade and spring rolls/popia tod were boring. the menu is extensive and there's lots I'll be back for. I've been twice this week! Be sure to order it spicy if you like the heat. The Thai people never believe that us Farang (foreigners) can handle the kick. I order it "the way the Thai people eat it". How bout a little Pad Thai country style? This is my new #1 Thai take out. Now if I just could keep a case of Singha on hand.

  1. Bob Dobalina Jun 1, 2007 09:02 AM

    I used to get the pad thai with duck from the Newton location for a few years - it was very fresh and you got a lot of duck for the money.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina
      EATTV Jun 1, 2007 12:39 PM

      Coconut Cafe
      257 Washington St
      Wellesley, MA 02482 (781) 235-8255

      1. re: EATTV
        Joanie Jun 1, 2007 12:46 PM

        Is it related to the Newton Ctr one I assume?

    2. Aromatherapy Jun 1, 2007 09:27 AM

      Where's this one?

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      1. re: Aromatherapy
        Joanie Jun 1, 2007 12:03 PM

        Newton Center. I got the pad thai with scallops and had some other food recently that was quite tasty and packed a decent punch.

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        Boston Scene Jun 1, 2007 01:19 PM

        I love Brown Sugar. There is one on Commonwealth Avenue right near the start of BU then also one in the Fenway area. I've only ever been to the one on Com Ave, but its delicious! I also enjoy pad thai country style and I must agree its best that way : )

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          ginnyhw Jun 2, 2007 05:54 AM

          second Brown Sugar on Comm- they make a spicy country style pad thai that is very popular with my lunch bunch

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          9lives Jun 1, 2007 03:23 PM

          I don't speak Thai except for a few words.."pet pet" means spicy. "pet ma" means extra spicy. That'll get the heat...and you won't be thought of as a "farang."

          To keep this Boston centric..I like Dok Bua and Khao Sarn in Brookline and Montien in Boston...all 3 are "aroi dee."

          Just doubled my Thai vocabulary..:)

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          1. re: 9lives
            EATTV Jun 2, 2007 05:20 PM

            I agree about Khao Sarn and Dok Bua but have never been to the Boston Montien. Their special menu includes Isaan sausage. I notice their website expired in may. Gotta get over there.

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              CODENT Jun 23, 2007 08:27 AM

              Be careful! "pet ma" means "spicy dog" (or horse, depending on tone). "Pet maak" means very spicy, or "pet maak maak" very very spicy. Many of us will do a little spicy, or "pet nitnoy".
              The Thais are extraordinarily polite and kind and learning the please and thank you words will get you very far, so if anybody is interested the Frommers/Fodors/Lonely planet websites have sections with simple vocabulary- worth the effort!
              If you like Thai food here, you can imagine how much better it is there- Thailand is a food lovers paradise!

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                9lives Jun 23, 2007 10:33 AM

                So maybe they've been serving me a spicy dog or horse?..:)

                Whatever it was, it was spicy and tasty.

            2. steinpilz Jun 1, 2007 04:05 PM

              Coconut Cafe is great, I get stuff from them regularly - most often it's crispy pad thai with red pepper ("Bangkok style"), often with duck as Bob mentioned.

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                tamerlanenj Jun 3, 2007 10:42 AM

                Call me crazy but I had terrific drunken noodle at Bamboo in Brighton. I asked for them to kill me and I could barely breathe by the end of the meal. Evil heat levels!

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                  bostonmeg Jun 24, 2007 09:59 AM

                  I used to love Coconut Cafe in Newton but haven't been in years. I also love The King and I on Charles St. for great thai food.

                  Thanks for reminding of an old favorite - I think a trip on the D line might be necessary.

                  Meg

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                  1. re: bostonmeg
                    Bob Dobalina Jun 24, 2007 10:08 AM

                    Meg, careful, as there was also a recent thread with a negative view of Coconut Cafe...http://www.chowhound.com/topics/411539

                    With the closing of the D line between Reservoir and Riverside for track repairs, I think starting this weekend (mbta.com) in favor of bus service, you might do better to wait to make a special trip and take the C line to Coolidge for the great thai there (Dok Bua, Sao Karn, Rod Dee, etc.)

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                      bostonmeg Jun 24, 2007 10:33 AM

                      Thanks Bob - Newton is a hike and a half for me and I'd rather avoid the bus experience if possible. Coolidge Corner is a favorite and I will definitely check out those thai places - love good thai food. I haven't been to Rod Dee in a long time but I am glad to see it in your list of good places.

                      Meg

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