Sticky Rice Cafe, West Rox
Sticky Rice Cafe recently opened in the old Samia's space (briefly occupied by Falafel King).
We were there during opening week - me, wifey and 2 kids (1 of whom is a CIT - Chowhound-in-Training).
Menu is very big, but none of the sushi items were yet available. That's probably OK because Thai food is going to be the specialty, despite this being a pan-Asian place. The manager said his wife was Thai, and I suspect it was her mother who was cooking and personally brought out our dinner. To me, this is generally a good sign - and we were not disappointed.
To start, we had a plate of mixed satay and Tod Mun. The satay - 2 each of beef/chicken/shrimp - had a little too much south indian curry to my taste, but was tasty nonetheless. The Tod Mun, a standard thai app, were really good and not greasy at all.
The mains were a Duck in Mango curry sauce, and a Mixed Seafood in Yellow Curry Sauce were both really good. The duck was plentiful - a full half duck I think - for about 15$, and there was adequate amounts of shrimp/scallop/squid on the seafood platter that each of us had a few bits of everything.
The sticky rice was not great, I'm afraid to say, and came wrapped in saran wrap. Odd. We had some plain brown rice too.
The space is small, with seating for about 20, but they did a nice take-out business the night we were there, despite it being the middle of the week.
The manager was very nice, and eager to please. He comp'ed us Thai iced tea for the table as well as a DELICIOUS deep fried ice cream thing for dessert. That dish alone might be worth going back for....
Overall, I think the food was very good and was fresher and less oily than Thai Spice which is just down the street. Will definitely go back.
1745 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA 02132
26 Hawkes St Apt B, Marblehead, MA 01945