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!
Mary Chung Restaurant
460 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
599 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
La Fe Restaurant
189 Union St, Lynn, MA 01901
627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472
Spicy eggplant and pork at Shangri-La, possibly the best eggplant dish I have ever had.
149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478
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.
I agree with a lot of postings above. I would add bedenjal mechoui from Baraka Cafe.
80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Eggplant parm at Francesca's Kitchen in East Arlington. And a second vote for the eggplant at Helmand, truly amazing.
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.
266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113
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.
Qingdao Garden Restaurant
2382 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
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
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.
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
375 Main St, Malden, MA 02148
90 Sherman St, Cambridge, MA 02140
Pasta Market, Malden - Eggplant Parm (it's a special only and the best I've ever had)
Tangierino - Moroccan-Sicilian Eggplant Tagine
73 Main Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
Pasta Market Cafe
237 Ferry St, Malden, MA 02148
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
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
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.)
148 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760
54 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134
Garlic 'n Lemons
133 Harvard Ave, Boston, MA 02134