We got scallion pancakes; larb kai, a salad with spicy minced chicken; and khao na ped, roast duck with "Thai style sauce" over rice, and a side of greens. All three were good.
The scallion pancake is a bit different than what I was expecting from many years of scallion pancakes in Chinese restaurants: flaky rather than chewy, and with a sweet ginger dipping sauce instead of soy sauce with bits of ginger and/or scallion.
My partner liked the larb kai, which was labeled as moderately spicy, and said it was as spicy as he would want. (Everything is labeled with zero, one, or two hot peppers.) The proprietor asked if it had been too spicy, even though he finished it, because she noticed he'd been drinking a fair amount of water.
The khao na ped was also very good, once I got past a brief disappointment that it wasn't the crisp-skinned roast duck that a Cantonese restaurant would probably use in an "over rice" duck dish. But between that and the scallion pancakes, it definitely felt homey, street food/inexpensive restaurant food. Also, if that's the everyday duck, I definitely want to try the dish they call "Superior Duck."
There's seating for at most twelve people; they're clearly expecting to do mostly take-out and delivery. We had no trouble getting seats today, but the server/cashier told me they had just opened yesterday.
- The Shawarma Place, in Cutter Square (EDIT: moved to 215 Highland Ave)
- Aguacate Verde, in Wilson Square
- Union Mart and Subway, in Union Square
Season to Taste’s Noca Provisions Is Now Open (Boston magazine)
from Cambridge Day:
The long-dark iYo Bistro storefront in Davis Square could become the new home to Snappy Ramen, according to a worker visiting the site....
...with rent pressures at Snappy’s 420 Highland Ave. location, just a few minute’s walk away, the stagnant [iYo] location represents an opportunity for expansion. The former iYo space seats 68 in a total 2,510 square feet, while the current ramen restaurant location seats only a couple dozen people.
“We’re going to be open in the morning for coffee, pastries … and a more continental-type breakfast, and then [we’ll] go into lunch and then into dinner,” Theophanis said.
The new restaurant will be a causal place for food and drink, Theophanis said. In addition, there will be take-out service and a pizza oven.
Seems like an odd place for anything other than a weekday lunch place for students & faculty. There's not much after hours traffic down there.
Doing a little research, it looks like this is the space, which I just assumed was Tufts property:
I guess it's been in the works for a while:
Reminder: There will be a neighborhood meeting regarding the proposed "Taco Bell Cantina" at the former iYo/Farmer's Bounty location (234 Elm St.) on Monday, February 27th, at 6:30.
The former iYO Cafe/Bistro at 234 Elm Street has a big new RESTAURANT AVAILABLE sign in the window. The QR code on the sign leads to a blank page, but I found the restaurant listed for sale on this page
SOMERVILLE, MA Café / Restaurant Location Common Victualler License Busy High Traffic Location. Sales History of $14,400.00 per week. Approximately 2,510 SF. Rent $50 - $55 PSF. 60 Seats. Beautiful Buildout with Exposed Brick Walls. Great Opportunity.
with more detail available here if you login to the nerest.com website. I'll include that detail below the lj-cut.
At an informal meeting with a few local residents Wednesday evening, Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis said that Taco Bell has expressed interest in this location for their new Taco Bell Cantina restaurant format, which includes alcoholic beverages. Only a few of these exist so far, in Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.( Restaurant for sale detail )
195 Washington Street, Somerville MA 02143 (pretty close to the Somerville Target store)