New Chef Chang on Mass. Ave.
Any word as to whether this outpost is in any way related to the old Chef Chang's House on Beacon Street in Brookline?
I'm excited, great to have another non-Chinatown Sichuan option.
Is it possible that the Thailand Cafe folks are behind this? In addition to plenty of standard Sichuan and Xinjiang dishes, the online menu lists:
Pad Thai (Thailand Style) $11.95
I ate there tonight. The owner (or manager) says that he just brought the chef over from Henan. I believe that the owner himself is from Shandong. As far as I can tell, this is not best thought of as a Sichuan restaurant, though they do have some regional spread which includes Sichuan dishes.
I tried two dishes: the Xinjiang big plate chicken with noodles, and the pea pod stems. I've never had a Chinese dish similar to the Xinjiang chicken; the best comparison that I can think of is to a vindaloo. It's a chicken stew, cooked with wheat noodles, onions and bell peppers, chili, and vinegar. Really tasty. The pea pod stems were very fresh.
I saw other tables eating Northern dishes which looked quite good: mantou, rou jia mo, and stir fries served with some sort of bread (which were labeled on the menu as "Chinese pancakes"). So this is pretty exciting -- there's some overlap with the the Sichuan restaurants, and maybe some with Gene's, but it looks like they're doing something unique around here.