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Jun 24, 2010 08:37 AM

Wonder Cafe, Watertown MA another Solid Taiwanese Option

Thought there had been a dedicated thread about this place but I couldn't find it.

Nice new addition to the Watertown Square area. A bit reminiscent of Blue Asia in Allston. Nice selection of homey dishes.

We had:

Garlic Asparagus
Garlic Eggplant
Beef with Sour Mustard Greens on Rice

Everything was superb. The Beef dish was subtle, complex and super tasty. Portions were VERY generous. Total price for all three including tax was $27.

Think (big surprise) the key is figuring out which dishes are traditional as they have quite a bit of Americanized fair on the menu. I tried to steer clear of all of that stuff.

Need to suss out more of the items on the menu but add this to the list of excellent Taiwanese places here in Boston.

Here's the menu:

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  1. do they have a weekend dimsum type brunch?

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    1. re: barleywino

      Not sure, that would be awesome though.

      1. They opened last fall, I think? I haven't been yet, but need to add it to my list of place to go!

        1. The menu, upon inspection, has gotten us so excited about this place that we're actually going to drive 2 hours from Hartford to eat there.

          Sure, there's the usual peppering of "American-Chinese" dishes and Cantonese staples, but there're some items that are definitively Taiwanese that we'd like to check out. The excitement is derived not from the English menu descriptions but from the Chinese writing, which is in some cases completely different from the "translated" description. The only thing they're missing on the menu is chou-tofu ("Stinky" tofu).

          Among the things that drew our attention were the chicken with tomatoes and peppers; the "salt and pepper" pork chop (they probably have the salt and pepper chicken, too) and the array of vegetables they offer.

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          1. re: shaogo

            There is a LOT of VERY GOOD, very authentic Taiwanese in Boston. None of these will disappoint. Places to try also include:

            Formosa Taipei:



            Blue Asia:

            Jo Jo Taipei (though they seem to have recently lost their chef to Formosa Taipei and slipped a notch or two):

            And what was once the only Taiwanese place in town, for me, not really at the top of the heap now, though the DO have Stinky Tofu, Taiwan Cafe:


            If you do hit Blue Asia or Jo Jo Taipei be sure not to miss Yi Soon Bakery across the street, a superb Taiwanese bakery, and in my book the best Chinese bakery in town for sweet items.

            Yi Soon Bakery
            112 Brighton Avenue
            Allston, MA 02134-2811
            (617) 254-3099

            Now you have a reason or three to drive to Boston.

            149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

            JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
            103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

            Yi Soon Bakery
            112 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

            Blue Asia Cafe
            113 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

            Formosa Taipei
            315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421

            1. re: StriperGuy

              not to mention Chung Shin Yuan in Newton (weekend brunch only, the rest of the time they revert back to their Chinese-American menu)

              Chung Shin Yuan
              183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458

          2. Are the owners Taiwanese? the posted menu looks more Cantonese than Taiwanese to me, esp page 1 section with the chinese characters.

            Page 2 looks Americanized chinese to me.

            I pass by Watertown Sq/Mt Auburn Street all the time; I wonder why I never noticed this place?

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            1. re: y2000k

              tiny storefront (take out with a couple of tables) near Demos.