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Chowish Spots Near Cambridgeside Galleria

jodydavis Mar 29, 2008 12:55 PM

Hi folks,

Looking for a chowish spot for dinner near the Cambridgeside Galleria (particularly along Cambridge St.), along with any recommendations re: dishes. For example, how is MuLan, and are there any particularly good dishes?

Thanks in advance!


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  1. meaganl RE: jodydavis Mar 29, 2008 01:00 PM

    Dante is right across the street in the Royal Sonesta hotel. I've always enjoyed my meals there (been there twice for lunch and once for dinner). It's on the pricey side, though, with entrees running in the mid to high 20s.

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      nasilemak RE: jodydavis Mar 29, 2008 01:07 PM

      The Helmand is good.

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        eastiefoodie RE: nasilemak Mar 29, 2008 01:26 PM

        Second the vote for Helmand. Excellent Afghan food.

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          Allstonian RE: nasilemak Mar 29, 2008 02:48 PM

          Third vote for the Helmand - one of my favorite restaurants in the Cambridge/Boston/Brookline area. Be advised - you should make a reservation.

        2. Luther RE: jodydavis Mar 29, 2008 01:16 PM

          MuLan is very good.

          1. beetlebug RE: jodydavis Mar 29, 2008 02:52 PM

            Mulan is excellent. I know there are several posts on it already. Mulan is on Broadway, not Cambridge Street though.

            Also, I remember reading that Wisteria House opened another location in E. Cambridge. I've only been to the one in the Super 88 and the now defunct Newbury Street location. I think there are posts on WH on the board.

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              gorditwo RE: jodydavis Mar 29, 2008 03:10 PM

              pretty decent thai resto across from the mall- Simelians (SP)

              1. BeantownHound RE: jodydavis Mar 29, 2008 10:39 PM

                Check out Hungry Mother, off of Kendall Square, less than five minutes from the Mall. Search the Hungry Mother posts on CH for some recs.

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                  gltsoi RE: jodydavis Mar 30, 2008 06:25 AM

                  Second st Cafe has fantastic sandwiches. (only open for breakfast and lunch).


                  1. Dr.Jimbob RE: jodydavis Mar 30, 2008 08:22 PM

                    Helmand gets a fair amount of controversy on this group -- some people adore it, others can't stand it. I've only been once, after living in Boston on and off over the last two decades, and I really enjoyed it (more in any event than the only other Afghan competition in town that I know of, in North Cambridge) though the lines are a bit trying.

                    Similans which is right next door is the sister restaurant to Brown Sugar, which makes for decent Americanized Thai.

                    MuLan is pretty good -- a search will rapidly turn up no shortage of opinions about what is good there. A recent useful thread is http://www.chowhound.com/topics/491524 and to do a self-plug, my own review is at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/32351...

                    If you're thinking about schlepping that far from Cambridgeside (MuLan would be an awfully long walk, so I'm assuming you have a car), there's also Atasca for Portuguese and Anise for overpriced but less intimidating Sichuan fare in that general neck of the woods.

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