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4/17/10 Elephant Walk Favs?

opinionatedchef Apr 17, 2010 12:14 AM

We're finally going to use a gift coupon here tonight ; haven't been here for 12 yrs or so. Sweet Chili in Arlington has been our go-to Thai spot for many years. Plse share your favs and dislikes. Much appreciated.

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Elephant Walk
2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

Sweet Chili
470 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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    conchens RE: opinionatedchef Apr 17, 2010 03:14 PM

    Any time I go, I seem to only order one thing, the Amok Royal, and I can't deviate. It's a seafood stewy thing that comes in a bamboo cup, a nice presentation. It's sooo good! I bet it never left the menu since the last time you were there. They sometimes extend their restaurant week menu to a prixe fixe, and I can safely say the 4 course meal is an insane amount of food.

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      nasilemak RE: conchens Apr 18, 2010 03:31 PM

      second the Amok and also avoid the lackluster French offerings.

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      lgss RE: opinionatedchef Apr 17, 2010 03:59 PM

      Elephant Walk serves French and Cambodian, not Thai. My husband and I always order from the Cambodian menu.

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      Elephant Walk
      2067 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

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        bostongal RE: opinionatedchef Apr 17, 2010 09:28 PM

        My favorite dishes are appetizers...they have a great dish called "Nataing"...ground pork simmered in coconut milk and served with crispy rice cakes...yum. Also good is the "Avocat Kanthor" salad which is so yummy...raw tuna, avocado, lemon grass. The cambodian spring rolls are also very good...and I like the loc lac entree. You are reminding me that I haven't been back in a very long time and I should go...I am craving those appetizers!

        1. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef Apr 18, 2010 10:20 PM

          O.K., we ate here last night ,so now I can answer my own question! With some very wise guidance from our friendly waitress, we ordered a number of things. Our favs were the:

          Apps:
          **Cambodian pork spring rolls, deep fried and rolled with mint and lettuce leaves
          **Nataing- ground pork in red curry coconut sauce served with crispy fried rice puff cakes

          ** Shrimp Amrita, richly flavored w/many spices and the shrimp perfectly moist and succulent.
          **Kar Saiko shortribs w/ Shanghai noodles
          We were really glad we asked for our jasmine rice to be substituted with Brown Rice w/ Soybeans and Lime Rice.

          Just for the record,the Chicken Malika was too dry for me. Interestingly, it tasted exactly like the Crazy Chicken at Arlington's Sweet Chili.

          I've always believed that soups are an excellent indicator of a chef's talent; the daily special Cream of Asparagus soup was lovely, clean, robust.

          Dessert- the chocolate hazelnut coffee marjolaine was dry and disappointingly lacking in flavor. .

          The room is comfortable and handsome; exposed brick walls lined w/ banquettes, warm colors and fabrics, large windows. Not a loud room; conversation-compatible.We thought prices were very fair and unusually low for such a nice atmosphere.Accordingly, entree portions were normal, though the app portions were very generous. Service was friendly, efficient and speedy (6pm Sat. night); easy free parking behind the building; very crowded when we left at 7:30. This is a delicious and convenient dinner spot for pre-Somerville Theater concerts. We look forward to returning to try that Amok Royal, the Kanthor salad and more of our favs. Next time I'm going to get my OWN bowl of that Nataing!!

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          Sweet Chili
          470 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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