Bobalicious - Newton
Yesterday's TAB had an article about the opening of a new boba shop in the Nonantum section of Newton, Bobalicious. Says there is boba plus "Vietnamese sandwiches" and Asian pastries.
Has anyone been there yet? I'm hoping to try it later today or tomorrow.
308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458
Just made it to Bobalicious in Nonantum for the first time this afternoon. They occupy the old Crosswalks space on Watertown Street. Very nice, clean, brightly lit space. Two small tables with a pretty tiled surface, and about six or eight seats along two counters with the small, futuristic stools that seem to be favored by bubble tea places today.
The bubble tea itself was quite good and comes in a wide variety from the usual (e.g. green tea, taro, etc.) to the fairly unusual (e.g. oranges & cream, avocado, and "blue hawaii"). The bubble tea is made from a powdered mix, but is mixed with a simple syrup of cane sugar, not corn syrup, and so can be made to taste. Apparently lactose free and soy bases are available as well. The boba (tapioca pearls) were very good --- soft, chewy, and flavorful, although a little sparse.
In addition to bubble tea, we had BBQ beef banh-mi which were really excellent --- some of the best I've had in Boston. In particular, the bread was terrific --- crusty, toasted, and just the right kind of plesant staleness that makes for an excellent banh-mi. The beef was well textured, the sauce had a significant kick, and the vegetables were very crisp. The cilantro was especially fresh.
We also tried the tuna fish sandwich, which is a tuna salad sandwich on whole-wheat bread with the same Vietnamese vegetables as in the banh-mi. This was an excellent twist on a typical tuna salad sandwich! The only improvement could have been toasted bread, which was otherwise of high quality.
In addition, they sell a variety of Asian pastries, although they appear to be baked off-site. There were also fresh summer rolls, various salads, and some fruity-desserts available although we didn't try any of them. They also had a special of beef pho noddle soup --- while not guarenteed to be available, I get the impression that it will often be available. Didn't have time to try it --- but good incentive to return. They also have a few other drinks --- hot coffee, thai iced tea, and Vietnamese iced coffee.
The proprietors are very, very friendly, and are happy to chat. Didn't see too many other people in there at lunch time, so I hope the word gets out. If you want banh-mi or bubble tea in Newton, this is the place. If you want to tour the best banh-mi in the Boston area, I would add this as a stop on your trip, along with Pho Viet's in Super 88 and Le's Sandwich Shop in Chinatown.
I stopped by today and picked up a grilled chicken bahn mi and summer rolls (which they list as spring rolls). Both were very good. The bahn mi ingredients were very fresh and tasty, with an excellent sauce and the heat of the hot peppers was perfect. The summer rolls had just been prepared when I arrived. Yum. The peanut dipping sauce was excellent. I will defintely be returning regularly, especially since it's about a mile from my house. Thanks for the tip.
I just went to Bobalicious yesterday and had a TERRIFIC "combo-meat" banh mi. I'd venture to say it's at least as good or better than the best of Field's Corner. The bread tasted very fresh, and the pate spread was generous. Make sure you get it with everything - the carrots and hot peppers. Echoing other comments, the owner is extremely friendly. Kinda tempted to go back and grab another one after work today (I work in upper falls).
I finally got there too. We've had a few bubble teas now, a couple of salads, a banh mi (bbq chicken) and a soft spring roll.
The banh mi was an addictive combination of fresh bread, seasoned chicken, creamy, spicy sauce, and tangy marinated vegetables. I could eat one every day. The two salads I've had have been very pleasant, crisp and fresh. The spring roll (nim chow style) is very fresh but a bit heavy on the rice noodles and only a tiny bit of shrimp. Still, it worked and I enjoyed it. Peanut sauce was very good.
The boba were good. The pearls come from a packet, but they were the right level of chew and not hard or mushy. We've sampled several kinds and enjoyed some unusual flavors like orange cream (like a creamsicle-- I'll be having another one of those come summertime).
The owners were very helpful and friendly. Prices seem very reasonable.
I'm going to have to get back there soon, especially since the shop packs a lot of good-food value into a small area: sausages (De Pasquale's), great pastries (Antoine's Bakery) and now Bobalicious all within 100 yards of each other. A lot of happy eating there.
I walked right past there this afternoon with a box of zeppole from Antoine's, but I already had my mouth set for a Smokestack from Russo's, so I didn't try the banh mi. It looked encouragingly busy for 3:30 on a wet Wednesday afternoon, though, so that's good.