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Mar 3, 2013 01:32 PM

Thailand Cafe update

It looks like Thailand Cafe will not exist (at least in its current space) for much longer. Forest City has finally had its plan to put up lab space in that area approved:

This will leave Mulan as the only restaurant in Central or Kendall square serving regionally-authentic Asian food (let alone Chinese food). I hold a stronger view, that Mulan will be the only *good* Asian restaurant remaining in this area, though I realize that this is more controversial.

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    1. No indeed. After reading the last mega-thread on this place, I've been going there regularly for their 干锅鱼片 (dry cooked fish slices, with mushrooms and whole garlic) and dry sauteed green bean - two absolute favorites.

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      1. re: lossless

        gan guo fish is one of my favorites from Lao Sichuan, and I've certainly enjoyed theirs. I also hope they can relocate.

      2. Bummer - I hope they will try to relocate.

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        1. re: kobuta

          If they do relocate, perhaps they'll use the opportunity to change names and stop pretending to be a Thai restaurant. Potential patrons who don't read Chowhound may not realize that there's a really good Szechuan restaurant hiding there. Just as with "New Shanghai" in Chinatown, they have probably kept their name (and the Thai menu) to avoid discouraging the old clientele, but a move could provide an excuse to pick a name that corresponds to what they do well.

          1. re: owades

            A famed Szechuan chef, chased by the triads, is forced to flee and relocate to a strange town in a foreign country and forced to cook intentionally mediocre Thai food so as to attract few customers and less attention from his hunters. However one day an elderly gentlemen from his old hometown inquires about a bowl of beef noodle soup, and the gentle chef can't help himself but produce a masterpiece. Steadily the news spreads of his skills, until the triads get wind and descend on the town en masse. But they must now face the army of food lovers who vow to protect the chef at all costs - and arrive at the restaurant for a climactic showdown. Starring Chow Yun-Fat as chef and Ben Affleck as charismatic local foodblogger.

            1. re: lossless


              I assume the name of the movie is Szechuan Sizzle.

            1. Heard Pupu Hotpot scheduled to end at its lease renewal date in July. OK, maybe not "good" Chinese--but reliably cheap and tasty Chinese lunches.

              Yes, we're running out of Chinese food in Central Square. Maybe someone will migrate over from C-town to make it happen for us...

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              1. re: femmevox

                Interesting. It has been a very long time since I've had non-lunch fare from there (10-12 years) but their lunch specials are a great deal. That's too bad.

                1. re: femmevox

                  Ah, maybe Thailand Cafe's Sichuan menu can live on if they take over the PooPoo Hotpot space! One can only dream.

                  With so many biotech/pharma companies and grad students in the area, an authentic Chinese restaurant should be able to do brisk lunch business at least (provided they market what they really sell - not the faux Thai food side).

                  1. re: kobuta

                    I don't think the Pupu Hotpot spaces is becoming vacant. My understanding is that Patty (?) who owns the space is going to create something new there, called Prospect.