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8/16/10; EGGPLANT, How Do I Love Thee?Let Me Count the Ways

opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2010 01:33 PM

So, I will start with some of my favs:

Toro- Escalivadas( Eggplant Salad) the one dish that keeps me going back
Eastern Lamejun- Baby Eggplants Stuffed with Rice and Pine Nuts
Mary Chung- Deep fried Eggplant Sandwiches filled with Pork
Town Diner- Deep fried Eggplant spears(essential to have with lemon wedges)
Sevan Bakery- Eggplant and Mushroom Salad( w/ tomato and garlic base)
that Pizza restaurant in No. Cambr. brick building - Eggplant Parmesan
La Fe (Lynn)- Dominican stewed Baranjena(Eggplant) with Pork (alternates daily with fab. okra[molandrone])

As I'm compiling this, I am realizing that I have not seen eggplant dishes in Mexican cuisine.hmmmm...
I am anxious to learn of your favs!

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Mary Chung Restaurant
460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

Toro
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Sevan Bakery
599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

La Fe Restaurant
189 Union St, Lynn, MA 01901

Town Diner
627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472

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  1. maillard RE: opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2010 04:53 PM

    Taiwan Cafe- eggplant with basil

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    Taiwan Cafe
    34 Oxford St, Boston, MA 02111

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      pamplemouse RE: maillard Aug 16, 2010 05:31 PM

      Via Matta - Crunchy Eggplant app... so crunchy on the outside, so creamy on the inside.

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      Via Matta
      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

    2. StriperGuy RE: opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2010 05:48 PM

      Spicy eggplant and pork at Shangri-La, possibly the best eggplant dish I have ever had.

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      Shangri-La
      149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

      1. BostonZest RE: opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2010 07:02 PM

        Chili Duck on Boylston across from the Pru - Spicy eggplant with chopped chicken (laab style)

        And, a dream of a stuffed eggplant dish that Ana Sortun made in a cooking class at BU a few years ago. If this ever shows up on one of her menus. I'm there.

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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          yanz RE: opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2010 07:11 PM

          eggplant at Helmand...deliciously done with yogurt sauce to balance it out.

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            trueblu RE: opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2010 07:12 PM

            Not exactly the most stellar thing ever, but the egg/eggplant sandwich from the clover food truck deserves an honorable mention.

            The best aubergine dish I've ever had: my wife's eggplant/tomato thingamijig...pure heaven.

            tb

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              nasilemak RE: opinionatedchef Aug 16, 2010 07:36 PM

              the marinated eggplant that is included in the roast lamb sandwich at Artu.

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                teezeetoo RE: nasilemak Aug 16, 2010 09:36 PM

                any eggplant dish from Brookline Family Restaurant, particularly imam baldi

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                Brookline Family Restaurant
                305 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

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                  Luther RE: teezeetoo Aug 17, 2010 04:20 AM

                  The sultan's delight is a particularly notable eggplant dish there.

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                Gabatta RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 04:48 AM

                Vinnys at Night eggplant parm.

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                  Parsnipity RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 05:54 AM

                  Baba ganoush from Garlic & Lemons in Allston is great. Thanks for the tip, 'Hounds.

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                    Jenny Ondioline RE: Parsnipity Aug 17, 2010 10:15 AM

                    The mousaka there is excellent too: it's nothing like the similarly-named Greek dish, just a simple cold salad of perfectly-cooked eggplant chunks in an onion and tomato sauce.

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                    Taralli RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 06:38 AM

                    Jo Jo Taipei & Mulan's eggplant w/garlic sauce or eggplant w/basil.

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

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                      Luther RE: Taralli Aug 17, 2010 07:06 AM

                      If you haven't had the Taiwan Cafe version I'd go so far as to say it's much better.

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                        bear RE: Luther Aug 17, 2010 11:43 AM

                        That TC eggplant is terrific, and the aroma of the garlic and basil is unbelievable.

                        I also love the eggplant parm at Artu, the Bella Vista and the Saraceno, all in the North End.

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                        Saraceno Restaurant
                        286 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

                    2. Luther RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 07:06 AM

                      Baba ganouj at Sevan

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                        babka eater RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 07:33 AM

                        I agree with a lot of postings above. I would add bedenjal mechoui from Baraka Cafe.

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                        Baraka Cafe
                        80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                        1. GretchenS RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 07:35 AM

                          Eggplant parm at Francesca's Kitchen in East Arlington. And a second vote for the eggplant at Helmand, truly amazing.

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                            jpcat RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 08:23 AM

                            One of my favorites is the eggplant parmigiana appetizer served at Trattoria Il Panino. It's baked pie-like in a light crust . Big enough for an entree.

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                            Il Panino
                            266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

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                              Pegmeister RE: jpcat Aug 17, 2010 04:46 PM

                              I really like the eggplant parm appetizer at Il Panino as well, but I'm not sure I would say it was large enough for an entree. The last time I was there I was tempted to get a second order. What makes it different for me is that it's built up in so many layers. Definitely one of the better versions.

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                              Il Panino
                              266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

                            2. litchick RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 11:13 AM

                              Though I never see it on menus in this part of New England, I love eggplant with black bean sauce. The nice folks at Zoe's and Qingdao Garden indulge me when I ask the kitchen if they'd be kind enough to make it for me, and it's always terrific.

                              I do sometimes get funny looks from the waitresses, though, that seem to indicate that only a crazy person would want to eat eggplant with black bean sauce. The first time I asked the lovely woman who is usually on the floor at Qingdao, she furrowed her brow at me an asked with concern, "is that good?" I have no idea if there's something about the marriage of eggplant and black bean sauce that somehow goes against Chinese cooking philosophies, but it was a common dish on menus in New Haven in the late 1990s, so maybe it's just a regional dish that isn't usual here. Or maybe I'm committing food heresy. Either way, it's delicious.

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                              Qingdao Garden Restaurant
                              2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                Spike RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 01:56 PM

                                family style eggplant at Sichuan Garden...mmm (and it's not spicy for those it matters to)...

                                1. galangatron RE: opinionatedchef Aug 17, 2010 03:01 PM

                                  eggplant rollantini at alia in winthrop
                                  eggplant with basil at taiwan cafe in chinatown
                                  eggplant parm at vinny's at night in somerville
                                  beguni (indian eggplant fried in chickpea batter) at bengal cafe in cambridge
                                  hunkar begendi (pureed eggplant with braised lamb) at brookline family restaurant in brookline
                                  bargary baigan (indian eggplant in sesame peanut sauce) at kabab and tandoor in waltham
                                  khayantheenut (asian eggplant in peanut sauce) at yoma in allston

                                  i would also suggest any of the thai and cambodian dishes featuring pea eggplant and thai eggplant

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                                    StriperGuy RE: galangatron Aug 17, 2010 03:08 PM

                                    Nice.

                                    So very different, but I love those tiny thai eggplant.

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                                      bear RE: galangatron Aug 17, 2010 04:19 PM

                                      Ooh, I forgot about the eggplant in sesame peanut sauce at Kabob and Tandoor. Soooo good.

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                                        LStaff RE: bear Aug 20, 2010 09:36 AM

                                        I don't know what they call it, but they do a nice eggplant dish on the buffet at K&T - just seems like garlic, cumin, chilies and ghee with onions and tomatos - and sometimes green pepper. Most times its just merely good, but every once in a while its out of this world.

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                                        Nab RE: galangatron Aug 22, 2010 07:26 PM

                                        I've been in an eggplant state of mind lately, and need to check out these, particularly numbers 4, 5 and 6 on your list. Khayantheenut is an excellent dish, one of my favourites at YoMa. And while not necessarily eggplant-forward, the Joyful Eggplant is another nice and homey dish at YoMa (pic attached).

                                        Was discussing the Thai roasted eggplant salad "yam makeua" on another forum, and realize I have not had this dish at any Boston restaurants. Does anybody make it ?

                                        Another one that I've grown up with, and which I have not had in town is "baingan raita" and also curious to know who's doing a good version.

                                        Tis the season.

                                         
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                                        bizkat RE: opinionatedchef Aug 19, 2010 11:55 AM

                                        Has anybody tried the eggplant pizza at Coppa?

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                                        Coppa
                                        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                                        1. Aromatherapy RE: opinionatedchef Aug 19, 2010 12:42 PM

                                          Minced eggplant w/garlic at FuLoon (special order)
                                          Grilled eggplant sub at Bob's in Medford (but NOT on the "french" bread)
                                          Begun dolma (sweet & sour) at Bengal Cafe
                                          Gran Gusto's pizza (Sorrentina?) w/smoked mozzarella, halved cherry tomatoes, and fried eggplant batons
                                          Moussaka at the Arlington Greek festival
                                          Not really special for the eggplant per se, but the eggplant pita rollup at Cheddar's in Fresh Pond is a nice blend of Greekish salad (mesclun & other stuff) and crunchy fried eggplant

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                                          FuLoon
                                          375 Main St, Malden, MA 02148

                                          Gran Gusto
                                          90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                            teezeetoo RE: Aromatherapy Aug 19, 2010 12:58 PM

                                            spicy eggplant schwarma at garlic 'n lemon

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                                            lulu806 RE: opinionatedchef Aug 20, 2010 08:27 AM

                                            Pasta Market, Malden - Eggplant Parm (it's a special only and the best I've ever had)

                                            Tangierino - Moroccan-Sicilian Eggplant Tagine

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                                            Tangierino
                                            73 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

                                            Pasta Market Cafe
                                            237 Ferry St, Malden, MA 02148

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                                              veggielover RE: opinionatedchef Aug 20, 2010 09:36 AM

                                              Moussaka at Kouzina

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                                              Kouzina
                                              1649 Beacon St, Waban, MA 02468

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                                                phoebek RE: opinionatedchef Aug 22, 2010 05:41 PM

                                                Baingan Bhartha at Punjab in Arlington

                                                1. AnjLM RE: opinionatedchef Aug 22, 2010 06:31 PM

                                                  Crunchy eggplant appetizer at Via Matta
                                                  Eggplant parm and roast lamb with marinated eggplant sub at Artu
                                                  Eggplant with basil at Taiwan Cafe
                                                  Eggplant pizza at Picco

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                                                  Via Matta
                                                  79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

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                                                    bartleby RE: opinionatedchef Oct 22, 2010 05:22 PM

                                                    Had a really, really (no, really) tasty eggplant parm panino at Gran Gusto today. Almost like a calzone in a Neapolitan shell (i.e., thin, but with snap and chew). Lunch menu only, I think.

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                                                    Gran Gusto
                                                    90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140

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                                                      opinionatedchef RE: bartleby Oct 23, 2010 11:38 AM

                                                      well,b, their 'eggplant parm' is the best i have had outside of rome, so i completely understand your joy.

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                                                        bartleby RE: opinionatedchef Oct 23, 2010 01:52 PM

                                                        Well, until I get to Rome, then, this is probably going to be at the top of my list!

                                                    2. opinionatedchef RE: opinionatedchef Aug 30, 2011 12:15 AM

                                                      bump.I recently had a great thai eggplant w/coconut milk and cashews that accompanied the asian scallops entree at Maxwell's 148. And in Allston, Azama Grill and Garlic 'n Lemons have a delic eggplant/tomato chickpea mousskaa(sp.)

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                                                      Maxwells 148
                                                      148 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760

                                                      Azama Grill
                                                      54 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

                                                      Garlic 'n Lemons
                                                      133 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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