We live a block from this place (Broadway and Clark, near Kendall Square), and were actually quite fond of former tenants Pho Lemon, but we were happy to go to Chinatown for Taiwanese when there was a Vietnamese place a block from us, so flipping the cuisines and trips for a while sounds fine.
We went in for the first time tonight. Can't give a very comprehensive report, as we only got two dishes, but all two of us agreed that more study is definitely in order.
Eggplant with basil was perhaps not quite as ambrosial as at Taiwan Cafe (I think TC might remove the seeds; I don't remember encountering as many of them in TC's smoother and more banana-like version of this dish), but excellently spicy and well worth repeating.
The other thing we got was called "pumpkin pan fried noodle". I probably couldn't have identified pumpkin as an element in a blind tasting, but I really liked this dish. Fine (and fine) rice noodles studded with a nice assortment of shredded vegetables.
Service was friendly and attentive, tea and rice were good, and they brought over little dishes of peanuts and pickles before we ordered anything.
The menu is very extensive, and not at all shy about pork intestines and jellyfish and the like, so we'll be back to try a lot of things. Prices are low. Act now!
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