What a great site!
Now - down to business. I recently returned to Boston after spending some time in Northern California, where I developed an obsession with Cambodian food. I had eaten at the Elephant Walk in the past, back when it was in a basement in Union Square, Cambridge.
I recently ate there again and I must say, even after having the real thing, their franco-fied Cambodian was very good, despite the inflated prices, pretentious staff, and uppity Porter Square locale.
But Carambola - how awful!
I was very unimpressed with their mediocre, expensive, gringo-fied fare. What happened? Do the owners of Elephant walk have anything to do with this place?
Also, i'd like to offer 2 of my recent favorite super cheap eateries:
pizza: Santarpio's, Chelsea st. in East Boston. IMPORTANT CAVEAT: don't order toppings.
indian/pakistani: the little counter at the back of the Shalimar grocery store in central square (not to be confused with shalimar restaurant in central sq.)
Thai: the booth in the Chinatown eaterie. Cheap and delicious!