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Jun 3, 2013 11:41 AM

A Tale of Two Seatings: Thmor Da and Bronwyn

I had the rare opportunity of two chowdowns in one day on Saturday with a lunch at Thmor Da in Revere with 6 other hounds and dinner at Bronwyn in Somerville with 3 others.
Both were fun events with kindred canines and both good food and value (in their own way). Now onto the food.
I hadn;t been to Thmor Da since it was Floating Rock and the food is about the same wonderful excellence that I remember before FR moved to Central Square to mine Yuppie gold. With 7 hounds, we got to make a small dent in the menu: Tiger Tears, Pork Larb, fried squid, beef chow fun, sour soup with spareribs and coconut milk, chicken with basil and peppers, and others I can't recall. Highlights for me were the sour soup (which reminds me of Khao soi) fried squid (remarkable fry job) and Tiger Tears. This feast was $15 per person. Amazing.

Bronwyn is a little more upscale and fills an almost empty niche in the Boston food scene: German/Austrian. Beer list as reported is extensive. I and 3 hounds shared the wurst platter, haxe and three salads: asparagus, gerkin and German potato. The wursts were good quality but somewhat indistinct (similar grind as another poster noted). The standout for me was the blutwurst. The haxe was pure porky goodness and remarkably tender but half the size of similar knuckles in Germany. The sides tasted great especially the asparagus (with gingerbread and almonds) but should have been twice the size for the price. With a drink each, $35 per person, which was fair value though not the bargain that Thmor Da was.

Overall for me an excellent chow day but recovering from the resultant food coma.

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  1. And here I was thinking your handle was mere whimsy. Great report. I also found the Bronwyn experience to be exactly as others here had reported (i.e., good flavors albeit lack of texture distinction on sausages; slightly pricey for sizes). Even being prepared, I was a bit startled by the tiny bowls of side dishes, it was kind of amusing. And I'd have preferred more cold veggie options, like chilled beets or green beans with dill. Especially now that summer is here. But I enjoyed it, particularly that pork that fell off the bone, and the blood sausage.

    1. Great report, thanks. Quite agreed on Bronwyn; after seeing the huge bretzel, our waiter said something like "the feast starts here!" and I almost had to laugh when he followed in with the modest little bowls of apps and side dishes, and wee bite-size nibbles of sausage. Very delicious, but not exactly the king's feast you'd expect for the prices.

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      1. re: Boston_Otter

        You just took away ALL desire I ever had to try the place. And I love this type of food. Sorry, Wurst, and Schwein Haxe and the like can not be served in nouvelle cuisine portions, particularly at nouvelle cuisine prices.

        I've commented on it before, but this place in Dusseldorf is awesome if you ever want the real McCoy:

        1. re: StriperGuy

          To clarify: their dinner portions are in NO WAY "nouvelle cuisine" sized. The Schwein Haxe is over two pounds of pork hock with whole roasted apples alongside it; the späetzle comes in a large wooden bowl. Hearty, impressive food.

          I'm talking about the same thing that Niblet is -- the side dishes and apps, which are surprisingly small.

          1. re: Boston_Otter

            The single order of Schwein Haxe at Braurei Zum is something like 5 pounds...

            I still just can't stand dinky sides, dinky anything at a resto that is supposed to serve hearty German / Eastern Euro style food. Just misses the point entirely.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              If I ever get to Dusseldorf, I'll make sure to seek it out :)

              But in the meantime, if I want some German food, Bronwyn's a much better option than Jacob Wirth or driving over two hours to the East Side Restaurant. They're new, they'll adjust.

              1. re: Boston_Otter

                Agreed, we just returned from two weeks driving around Central Europe (Bavaria, Czech, Austria). I was surprised how much I enjoyed the food and I'm sure cravings will return.

                When they do, and I don't want to cook at home, Bronwyn looks like a very good option. Not perfect mind you, but much much better than our previous option and definitely of a higher quality. Hopefully they'll offer Tafelspitz sometime in the future.

              2. re: StriperGuy

                I'm with you on this Striper. When I've had this dish in Germany, the Haxe has been larger than my head for half the price and without sides (red cabbage and knudlen). Bronwyn's Haxe though is plenty; and it saves on the Luftansa flight. Its the sides that are ridiculously small especially as potatoes, asparagus and cucumbers are not the priciest of ingredients

                1. re: gourmaniac

                  When I was in Dusseldorf it was the season for tiny spring potatoes and white asparagus which were on the menu everywhere. YUM.

        2. Dropped into Thmor Da this evening based on your review and we had a great time! We started with the mango salad which is similar to Green Papaya salad except its spiked with nice threads of juicy fatty pork and shrimp, and of course made with mango. Another diner recommended we have the Lok Lak. Simple dish of cubed beef in a light gravy over red onions, tomato with a sour pepper sauce. We also had the fried squid and I have to agree, it's amazing, perfectly fried and topped with fresh jalapeño and fried dried chiles. Finally we had the Som tum soup, which was good but nothing spectacular. We spoke to the chef after our meal and he promised to make some other suggestions the next time we come in. That's oin to be soon!!

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          1. re: UnclePH

            Glad you enjoyed it. The other dish that we had were the fried quail. also delicious but had slipped my mind.