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MARSTA'S IN SOMERVILLE

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foodperv Mar 25, 2009 06:07 AM

has anyone been there
i saw the menu on-line look good priced right
thanks

  1. StriperGuy Mar 25, 2009 06:36 AM

    Great little place serving Tibetan comfort food. Yum.

    1. yarm Mar 25, 2009 06:49 AM

      I have never had a bad meal there. It has more spicy dishes than other Tibetan restaurants in the area (like Rangzen). Was a great place to take my vegan sister-in-law (they were able to adapt certain dishes). Highly recommended.

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        bella_sarda Mar 25, 2009 08:14 AM

        That would be Martsa's. Sorry, I'm the spelling demon! I love the momos.

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          Bob Dobalina Mar 25, 2009 08:29 AM

          Never been yet, which is a crime.

          There is no apostrophe s -

          Signed,

          The Apostrophe Imp.

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            bella_sarda Mar 26, 2009 08:29 AM

            ya did me one better!! thanks!

        2. MC Slim JB Mar 25, 2009 08:27 AM

          Martsa on Elm doesn't do traditional Tibetan food, but Tibetan-in-exile-in-India cuisine, so it's much more Indian-leaning that other Tibetan places in town. I really enjoy it; many dishes are far spicier and more complex than most traditional Tibetan fare. I'm especially fond of their shamday, beef in a kind of yellow curry with lots of onions.

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

          1. galangatron Mar 25, 2009 09:37 AM

            had a few good meals at martsa on elm but prefer house of tibet kitchen in teele square. homey tibetan comfort food in a soothing environment. love their shogo labtak (potato cutlets), tena thukpa (mixed lentil soup), momos, and shoko khatsa (curried potatoes with ginger)

            1. Suze123 Mar 25, 2009 10:47 AM

              I have to say we've only gone once and were disappointed. Everyone else seems to love it here! Perhaps a second visit is due. My chicken dish was bland and oily, even though I ordered it spicy. I honestly can't remember the name, but it had "spicy" in the title. The service was terribly slow.

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                foodperv Mar 25, 2009 10:51 AM

                my wife likes mild , bland , what ever you want to call Me spicy is ok
                do they have of her type to make it worth going

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                Parsnipity Mar 25, 2009 11:26 AM

                They have dishes of varying spice levels. I've liked their food, although might not travel far for it if I didn't live in Davis. Their lunch buffet is nice too and gives you a number of different things to try. I just noticed walking by that they're going on a family vacation or something that is causing them to be closed starting March 31st for a week-- I think those are the dates. Anyone planning a visit might call ahead to double check.

                1. voodoocheese Mar 25, 2009 02:47 PM

                  The curry-yogurt potato soup is fantastic! Also, the fried bread dessert thing is SO good!

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                    Aaron Kagan Mar 26, 2009 04:40 PM

                    I'll say this: it's THE place for salty tea with butter in it.

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                      MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2009 08:12 PM

                      Not to be contrarian, but I have to say I preferred -- to the extent that I like butter tea -- the butter tea at House of Tibet. But I do not love butter tea.

                      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                      lgss Mar 27, 2009 05:20 PM

                      Great place, particularly since we're vegan and I'm gluten-free and there are about a dozen dishes for us to choose from which is rare in restaurants that aren't strictly vegetarian/vegan. The place has been busy when we've gone but worth the wait.

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