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Aug 7, 2008 06:04 AM

Looking for Something Different....

We have dinner plans (for 4) on Saturday - we are looking for something, well, different. We have eaten at many of the high-end places, plenty of the dives and most of the in-between. We just want to try something new.

Tell me about your unusual dining experiences - out of the way, ethnic, bizarre - it is all fair game to us!


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  1. It would really help us out if you'd list where you've been.

    1. Doing a O-Makase dinner at O-Ya has to be at the top of my list for something compleyely different and delicious. Just let the wait staff know how much you want to spend per person and then sit back and enjoy.

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      1. re: RoyRon

        C'mon Hounds - help me out here -
        Tell me about the places with a different Dining Experience, not just good food -


        1. re: Cork

          C'mon Cork - help us out here -
          Tell us about the places you've already been to, and what you mean by "a different Dining Experience."

          1. re: Allstonian

            Some examples of different dining experiences:
            Tangerinos with a hookah bar and feeling like you are in Fez
            Asmara, earing with my hands from the mesob
            Going overboard at a churrascaria...
            None of these places are overly pricey, so it is not about the food only, but the entire DINING EXPERIENCE
            Does this help?

            1. re: Cork

              I'd say check out some of the Ethiopian or Eritrean options in the area. I like Fasika in Somerville and the place in Central Square next door to the 1369 Coffee House (forget the name)

              1. re: heathermb

                Asmara is the name of the Eritrean place in Central Square.

        2. re: RoyRon

          And if you want to leave even remotely sated be prepared to spend $150+ a person.

        3. I'll list a few CH favorites that should fit your description. Do a board search for any of these and you'll find plenty of chow chatter:

          Cafe Polonia - Polish, Andrew Square
          Angela's Cafe - Poblana-style Mexican, Eastie
          Baraka Cafe - North African, Central Square
          Helmand - Afghan, Lechmere
          Floating Rock - Cambodian, Revere
          Sabur - Balkan, Teele Square
          Brookline Family Restaurant - Turkish, Brookline
          Fuloon - Chinese, Malden
          Shabu Zen - Shabu shabu, Chinatown
          Xinh Xinh - Vietnamese, Chinatown
          Vinny's at Night - [good] Italian-American, East Somerville

          Let us know where you wound up...

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          1. re: finlero

            Nice - this is what I was looking for -
            Heathermb - the restaurant is called Asmara - really good.
            I like a lot of finlero's suggestions - turns out my DC made reservations at the Helmand., but I am going to try a bunch of the others eventually.
            FYI - Brookline Fam Resto is fabulous.

          2. Addis Red Sea on Tremont Street has good Ethiopian and is fairly different. Also Tangierino in Charlestown has good moroccan food and you can have a shisha afterwards to make it that much more of an experience.

            1. It sounds like you might like DIY food - Korean BBQ?