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May's Cafe report

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May's Cafe report

rxrfrx | Dec 11, 2004 05:56 PM

We checked out May's Cafe in Allston today. The location is what really piqued my interest; May's is located in a densely packed residential area, and I never would've thought to look for a restaurant in that area.

The place is very clean and well-decorated (really, less of a hole in the wall than I'd have liked) and the prices seem to reflect that.

Aside from a soft tofu dessert and several tofu/egg/peanut appetizers, nothing on the menu really struck me as uniquely Taiwanese. Not that I'm an expert on the cuisine.

We had:

Szechuan beef noodle soup ($6.25): Very similar to the spicy beef noodle soup on the brunch menu at Chung-Shin Yuan, but the noodles were more toothsome and the broth was less spicy. The soup could've also been hotter in temperature. Pieces of cabbage were a nice touch.

Pork chop over rice (~$6): Sliced pieces of stir-fried pork chop (with bones) seemed to be reheated, and not hot enough. They were tasty and had just enough chew. The rice was of the greasy variety, and was topped with a pinch of ground meat and a half-slice of yellow daikon tsukemono. Not as hearty and strongly-flavored as I'd like to see in a meat-over-rice dish.

1 hot and 1 cold bubble tea ($2.25 each): This was strangely un-sweet. I've never had bubble tea that wasn't strongly sweetened; this stuff was very mild and the flavor of the goopy-soft pearls was more evident. The "hot" version was just warm. I wanted almond milk tea but they were out of almond flavor.

Overall, this place (due to location) could be something really special, but the food didn't impress me. Temperatures were really off, and the prices are a bit high. It's worth checking out if you're in the neighborhood, though.

May's Cafe
95 Glenville Avenue
Allston, MA

Open Tuesday-Sunday Noon-10pm
Cash Only

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