Wonder Cafe, Watertown MA another Solid Taiwanese Option
- StriperGuy Jun 24, 2010 08:37 AM
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.
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: http://www.wondercafema.com/wp-conten...
They opened last fall, I think? I haven't been yet, but need to add it to my list of place to go!
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.
There is a LOT of VERY GOOD, very authentic Taiwanese in Boston. None of these will disappoint. Places to try also include:
Formosa Taipei: http://formosa-taipei.com/
Blue Asia: http://www.blueasiacafe.com/menu.html
Jo Jo Taipei (though they seem to have recently lost their chef to Formosa Taipei and slipped a notch or two): http://jojotaipei.mysayaglify.com/
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
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
315 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421