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Aug 20, 2007 05:56 AM

Coming Soon in Allston and Brookline

On Brighton Ave., in the space that had been Sumi (and right next to India Dhaba), there's a banner announcing Mount Everest Kitchen - I'm assuming Nepali cuisine. In Brookline Village, in the space that had been the orginal Cafe Saint Petersburg and was then a different Russian restaurant, the windows are covered with brown paper saying "Coming Soon Tibetan Restaurant." And downstairs on Babcock Street, in the space that had been Firenze, a sign to warm the hearts of Brookline Chowhounds - another Japanese restaurant.

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  1. if every japanese restaurant that opened wasn't yet another generic sushi joint, it wouldn't be so bad. i'd love to see a real tonkatsu or okonomiyaki joint open up somewhere, or even just some places that served items beyond the standard menu that all these places seem to have.

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    1. re: passing thru

      Is a tonkatsu joint a place that makes that japanese schnitzel?

      1. re: tamerlanenj

        yes, exactly. they do a pretty good version at cafe mami in the porter square exchange. i think ken's ramen at the super 88 in allston might also have tonkatsu ramen, but i haven't tried that.

      2. re: passing thru

        I agree! I'd like to see a great place that serves really good tonkatsu, omurice, okonomyaki, yakitori, and/or takoyaki.

        1. re: passing thru

          According to this article (go down to the end, to the piece about a bunch of new places) it'll be run by the guy who ran Roka, which they describe as "Osaka-style." They do seem to aiming for more than just sushi, at least.

          The same article says that the manager of Orinoco was planning to open a new restaurant called Caroni in the space that had been Village Fish in Brookline Village, although the May opening date was clearly optimistic.

        2. I noticed the Tibetan sign yesterday too. Seems to be the new in area lately. Maybe the new Japanese restaurant will be a teriyaki shop, we could use one.

          1. When did Sumi close? I never got a chance to get there...

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            1. re: hiddenboston

              Yeah, me neither! I'm not sure exactly when they closed, but at least 6 months ago. They had been on my early short list for our Wednesday Night Dinners in Allston. We walked past them on our way to/from someplace else one night and I noticed that the furnishings were all still in place but clearly gathering dust. Too bad!

              1. re: Allstonian

                Probably becasue they never got their liquor license...How do you make a go of a place that sells drinking snacks when there aren't drinks?

            2. Firenze closed?
              Oh dear. I have such fond memories of dinners there.

              More Japanese? Really? Sigh.

              1. b.good should be open now in the former gas station near TJMaxx. They had a soft-open party a few days ago.

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                1. re: lergnom

                  Oh, joy. Just what Brookline needs. What is UP with b.good? Their expansion is truly frightening to behold.

                  1. re: tamerlanenj

                    Well, I ate their late yesterday afternoon. The oven-baked fries were good and crisp, almost crunchy. The hamburger was pretty good, on a multi-grain bun with a bunch of toppings. I would have liked it better if I'd chosen different toppings; the "garlicy" greens were a little bitter. Overall, not a bad place, cute inside, plays real blues music, had the garage door open, has a small parking lot. I prefer the burgers at Grille Zone but these are suitable.

                    1. re: lergnom

                      I don't know....the one burger I had at b.good was ok, but there just wasn't enough fat content to make it tasty. I'd much rather have a greasy, fatty burger at Mr. Bartley's or Zon's, even though I know it's a bit less healthy.

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        But my son who is doing Weight Watchers is able to have burgers more often because of b.good. It's good for people to have options. He'd be happier with the decadent burgers, but really wants to lose some of the chow-fed belly. They can coexist!

                        1. re: bear

                          Does your son know that a b.good burger has more calories than a Wendy's single with everything?

                          1. re: tamerlanenj

                            He's actually pretty aware of the calorie content-points, but prefers b.good to some of the other lower-calorie stuff out there. He's pretty careful, and as I said, it's not his ideal, but it's good to have choices. I myself don't have a desire to check out their burgers. It's grease and lots of cheese for me.

                            1. re: tamerlanenj

                              This is an apples-to-oranges argument. The b. good burger is topped with mushrooms, caramelized onions, and sauteed greens, so it's not an appropriate comparison to a Wendy's Classic single. (There's also no information on the b.good website to compare the size of the two burgers.) While even the plainest of the b. good burgers does have slighlty under 10% more calories than the Wendy's Classic single, it also has 40% less fat and and over 3 times as much fiber.

                              1. re: Allstonian

                                Both are supposedly 1/4 lb before cooking.

                                I thought the greens were bitter but I'd order a burger with another topping any day.