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Soyas in Newton

Dax | | Sep 17, 2002 01:49 PM

After years of going to the Wok and being appeased but not overly pleased, today I opted to stop by Soya's in Newton Upper Falls (by that sandwich Depot joint, used to be called something Moon I think). I'm so glad I did - it's closer to my work and IMHO much better. The restaurant still has the grand opening sign out front. The menu is below, be sure to also note the Globe review.

I wasn't feeling especially adventurous on my first visit and I love General Gau, so I opted to order their lunch version. The Gau lunch includes your typical choice of hot & sour or egg drop soup, white or fried rice (although it was vegetable, not pork fried), and lastly a choice of either a spring roll or crab rangoons (2). I opted for hot & sour, white rice and rangoons.

For an appetizer, I had the Indian Pancake, which I was expecting to me more like naan but was closer to a pan seared and buttered moo-shoo pancake with more taste. The curry sauce was somewhat oil, but it was oh so delicious with just the right amount of mild sauce. When I could only eat 1/2 of the enormous pancake, both the waiter and manager (or owner) stopped by to inquire if I was not pleased with it. Nice touch.

The General Gau main dish arrived and I was impressed. Lately some of the Asian restaurants I have tried in the 'burbs have been trying to pass off somewhat soggy and/or fatty chicken in their dishes. There was zero fat feel/taste to these, all white meat chicken, most likely chicken tenders cut into 3 pieces and golden fried then sauced. The broccoli was definitely cooked to order, as were the little mushrooms. Only the mini-corn on the cob (I forget the technical name) might have been canned although still quite tasty. The white rice was white rice, not too sticky at all and tasty plain. The rangoons appeared to be homeade, but I'm not positive. They were great regardless.

Service was mostly excellent and attententive but not intrusive. It did seem that the entree took somewhat longer to arrive then it should have, but I did order an appetizer. Every other patron (none of the 10-15 patrons seemed to have ordered appetizers, all lunch specials) received theirs in perfect order. I'm not complaining, just observing.

The total, with the appetizer, was $9 (tip not included). I was stuffed and could have gotten by without the app.

Anyway, I'll be back.


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