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Review - New Taste of Asia (Coolidge Corner)

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Review - New Taste of Asia (Coolidge Corner)

Nik | Jun 20, 2004 06:01 PM

Review:
New Taste of Asia (Coolidge Corner - near Summit Ave T stop)

So, I did go over to try "New Taste of Asia" the other night. It was pretty quiet when I walked in though they seemed to have some take out business going. The restaurant is small with about five tables for eating in and classical music playing in the background. The decor was an ineffective ecclectic mix of different asian themes, but I suppose it's tough to manage these pan-asian places. The owners spoke mandarin so I assume they are chinese. The menu is large with appetizers ranging about $4-6 and entrees around $8.

The waitress recommended the Tokyo Beef appetizer and the Garlic Beef entree, which I ordered, then promptly came back and told me they were out of those. I then went with her other recommendation of the Pork and Leek Dumplings and the Pork Baked with Japanese Sauce. The Dumplings were actually pretty good though a bit soggy. The Pork with Japanese Sauce basically turned out to be a variant of moo shu pork - pieces of pork with bamboo shoots and green onions served with pancakes for wrapping. Both dishes were a heavy on salt but the portions were a good size, leaving me with enough left over to take home for lunch the next day.

Overall, I would say this place is Not Bad. I certainly would not make a special trip out to Coolidge to try it but if you're around anyway and get tired of the other offerings (tough with Dok Bua so close by), it's worth a shot.

Good hunting, everyone...

Nik

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