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Nov 23, 2009 12:33 PM

Manchester, NH

There are various mentions of Mancherster in other posts, but I don't see a thread devoted to it.

Great places to eat in Manchester? I'm particularly interested in a Korean place that was mentioned and a place that serves Momos.

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  1. Not Korean, "momo" is a Tibetan or Nepalese dumpling. The place is Cafe Momo:

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    1. re: bewley

      Yes, re-read and you'll see there were two different places I was interested: one was the Korean place (apparently defunct) and the other was Cafe Momo. Not a Korean place that serves momos.

      Anyone have dish recommendations at Cafe Momo? Besides the momos, obviously?

      1. re: corinnerose

        Oh, sorry about that. I got confused after reading a similar post. (Cafe Momo has great reviews on another site.)

        1. re: corinnerose

          The brown guy special is very good. I'm addicted to the heat in the chili dishes--I get the #10 heat level.

          1. re: whs

            Almost went today to try it, but we're definitely going next week, The menu looks terrific. At #10 heat level, that must be very spicy!

            1. re: bewley

              Yes, went to Cafe Momo on Tuesday night. The momos were great and the person dining with me said they were pretty authentic. We also had something called Choila (spicy chicken salad served with puffed rice. mmm!) and the lamb and mushroom curry. We ordered them "spicy" which was good--hot but not too hot. The lamb and mushroom curry was excellent.

              1. re: corinnerose

                We finally went for lunch and tried the vegetable and lamb momos, the chicken choila app (liked this!) and the chicken chili at a #9 spice level. The food was very good (not quite as spicy as I would have hoped, but close to it) and service was very good. I was surprised to discover that they already been there for 5 years.

      2. I swore I wouldn't do a comprehensive list again, but I looked at my old posts, and couldn't find the last one...since you asked:
        Korean Place has closed. Mama retired, son has opened Sunny's Place in Concord. There's a place in the old Walmart plaza in Hooksett that has Korean on the menu--anybody tried it?
        Cafe Momo--boy, are we lucky to have a Nepali chef in Manchvegas! Bring on the chili!
        Our go-to places for a special night out: Richard's Bistro, Z Food & Drink, Mint Bistro, The Way We Cook
        Asian: Pho Golden Bowl, Chen Yang Li (in Bedford)
        Tex Mex: La Carreta, Consuelo's Taqueria
        Hungarian: Lala's
        Pizza: 900 Degrees (tho the last time we were there the pizza crust tasted like naan)
        Glorified Greek diner and the best scene in town: Puritan Back Room
        Old style Greek: Athens
        Old style breakfast: poutine and pork pie at Chez Vachon
        New style brunch: Z food & drink

        Have not found a sushi place we like--Thousand Crane reeks of stale cooking oil
        Any recs for a good/authentic Thai place?

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        1. re: whs

          Great job! I would also add:
          Julien’s Corner Kitchen on bridge st for a great breakfast
          Jewell and the Beanstalk for breakfast or llunch
          El Mexicano on Wilson for authentic Mexican
          Taco truck for really cheap and really great tacos - corner of Union and Lake

          Excellent indian at Gills on Valley st (but haven't been in a while, still open?)

          1. re: lexpatti

            yes Lex, and you MUST go back... the last time I went the food was sublime. Why this place is not packed every day is beyond me. I will be going back this week again.

            1. re: gryphonskeeper

              hmmmm, we used to like gill's a lot, but the last two times we went (over six months now), it was pretty both cases it was for the lunch buffet, and the choices/quality had suffered substantially from previous visits....have things picked up?

          2. re: whs

            You list Consuelo's as Tex Mex. I certainly don't think of it in that category. More straight Mexican in my book and just great. Their tortilla soup is superb.

            1. re: whs

              I spoke to Sunny over the weekend, and he said that his mother still does a take-out operation. Not sure where in Manchester, but I'd be happy to order some tasty Korean from her any day.

              Sunny's Table, by the way, is fantastic.

            2. Is the Korean Place the former Hung Jea? If so I will miss it even though I haven't gone there in a long time.
              Cafe Momo is fun, and not to be missed. The idea of Nepalese seafood alone is very in itself enough to put me in a good mood. Funny thing is, I have been to Nepal a couple times and can't remember for the life of me what the food was like, so I have no idea how authentic Momo is. But it's good!
              Tell me more about Lala's - the idea of Hungarian food seems very attractive to me right now, although I have only a vague (GOULASH) idea what it is.

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              1. re: giantmouth

                Lala's does a nice goulash and a good pork schnitzel--the veggies are classic Mittel Europa, overcooked. The pastries are the Viennese/Hungarian classics.

                1. re: giantmouth

                  It is the former Hyung Jea. They closed for about 6 months when Mama retired and Sunny opened up Sunny's Table with his wife Kim in Concord. In December Mama came out of retirement and re-opened the Korean Place with her other son Chae as a take out for dinner on Wed-Sat, It has a more limited menu of some of their best selling menu items. Never gets old, love the flavors.


                  Korean Place Restaurant
                  110 Hanover St, Manchester, NH 03101

                  1. re: iamup22

                    Thanks for the heads up! We will definitely try it.

                2. Why don't we have a thread devoted to it?

                  For Thai, I have found Siam Orchid on the West Side consistent. Lakorn, also on the West Side, is fine, but not as good.

                  Cafe Momo is fantastic.

                  I love whs's "go to" places. I would add the Bedford Village Inn as one of my favorite special occaison places. Although, the Tap Room is quite casual and offers casual and upscale dinners.

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                  1. re: ChardonnayQueen

                    Bedford Village Inn is a great special occasion place. We have not been back in a while,will have to try the new wine bar, Corks. (technically, Bedford is outside Manchester, but we're willing to stretch the limits..)

                    1. re: ChardonnayQueen

                      See, I had the opposite experience. I Loved Lakorn Thai, but was very disappointed in Siam Orchid. I ordered the Golden Shrimp treasure bag from Siam, and it was tasteless and very very greasy, the Pad Thai was a minuscule portion of bland rice noodles with a few crumbs crushed peanuts, no lime, no chili... and the server was VERY curt and seemed annoyed that I asked for some lime wedges and pepper sauce.. At Lakorn I had the Tom Yum Soup and another noodle dish... I forget the name but it had shrimp and scallops. Both were fantastic, and the server was extremely polite, even when I showed up at 2:58 and they closed from 3-5. Maybe it was an off night, but there is no excuse for greasy, tasteless or microscopic food for the same price as delicious and satisfying portions around the corner for about the same price.

                    2. The December issue of New Hampshire magazine has a feature about "Multicultural Manchester", which lists various ethnic eateries.

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                      1. re: whs

                        has anyone enjoyed the falafel at Caesario’s Pizza, 1057 Elm St?

                        Great article (thanks) - went searching for a great falafel after a trip to Paris - best so far was in Providence, RI then a place in Watertown but didn't realize Manchester had mediterranean options. We loved the falafel at Beirut Shawarma, 245 Maple St but then went to Watertown and reallly loved it.