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Lunch at Coconut Cafe - meh punctuated by blech

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tomaneng Jun 14, 2007 03:45 PM

Had lunch yesterday at Coconut Cafe in Newton Center. First time. Probably also last unless someone tells me that my experience was not the norm.

App of fresh rolls with mostly shredded, browning lettuce, wrapper well on the highway to rubberville.

Spicy beef salad, not spicy, beef overcooked, good flavor though.

DC's tofu curry was the best of the lot but not nuanced in the least.

On the plus side, I had a kick-a lowfat chocolate orange muffin for dessert from Pete's across the street.

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    peelmeagrape RE: tomaneng Jun 15, 2007 04:18 AM

    My first and last visit there was about four years ago and the food was so bad that I have never been tempted to go back. I, too, remember browning vegetables.

    Thai Thai Kitchen just off Centre St. on the other side of the triangular public parking lot is better-than-average Thai, next time you need a fix in the immediate area.

    1. Bob Dobalina RE: tomaneng Jun 15, 2007 05:25 AM

      Funny - contrast with this recent thread of praise - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/407116

      I have not been in a while, but practically lived off their pad thai with duck in grad school. Their noodle dishes are probably the best bet.

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        burny carbo RE: tomaneng Jun 15, 2007 07:05 AM

        Thai Thai is a much better option. We used to take out from Coconut Cafe, which does have large, reasonably priced dishes. But Thai Thai is always fresh and excellent. Nice people, too.

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          Velda Mae RE: tomaneng Jun 15, 2007 09:43 AM

          I'd read awhile back that Coconut Cafe has been cited repeatedly for poor food handling and storage practices. Like the other posters, I am a big fan of Thai Thai kitchen. The food is fresh, the portions generous and the staff are very friendly and knowledgable. Also, they are not afraid of using spice when it's called for.

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            steinpilz RE: Velda Mae Jun 28, 2007 03:39 PM

            I'm no fan of Thai Thai, I don't much like the owner and neither of my two test dishes - crunchy pad thai and a suggestion by the owner (a 'country style' curry that resembled cat food) -- were worth buying IMO. In contrast I do greatly like everything I've had from Coconut Cafe.

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            qwertyu RE: tomaneng Jun 28, 2007 06:55 PM

            Lam's in Newtonville on Washington St. would be a much better option for Thai in Newton. I've honestly never had a bad meal there, and I go frequently.

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              Pemmican RE: qwertyu Jun 29, 2007 07:11 AM

              I heartuily second the Lam's recc. That place is AWESOME. They do an amazing job wih seafood (as well as all sorts of other goodies). The service can't be beat and the food is impeccably fresh, fast and DELICIOUS!

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