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Elephant Walk

Scharn | Sep 4, 2011 05:15 AM

I'd like to give a quick review of Elephant Walk (Beacon St.). As you may or may not know I had reservation for Bondir, then a work
emergency happened and I had to cancel. By 8:30 it was done, of course bondir was fully booked, and I got somehow tricked into going to Elephant Walk, which was a disaster.

Strictly with respect to food I was not impressed at all. I tried a salad with raw tuna which was OK (4/10), a noodle soup which was bland but also not bad (4/10), and their Amok Royal fish stew which tasted somewhat interesting -- there must be some herb in it I don't know yet -- but other than that really was nothing special. I didn't bother with desserts.

Wity respect to drinks I ordered Sake (their recommendation) and was EXTREMELY surprised when they served a sparkling (!) sweet (!) sake. It tasted like a cheaper Italian prosecco, definitely somewhat industrial and and artificial. While I can't remember the label, it was infact bottled in Nara (Japan), but bottom line is that you don't sell industrial, sweet, sparkling wine as Sake. At least not for $24 for a tiny bottle. 

I had a chance to also try my companion's drink (some Martini and pear cocktail) which was comparable artificially, industrial and sweet tasting, read: bad.

I would therefore rate drinks 0/10.

Service was not good, first we had to insist twice to get another table (AC was blowing directly into my neck), then we waited quite a long time.

Decor was tacky, very much geared to an American audience, not original Cambodian at all. Plates were decorated Western style, only fork and knife provided.

So overall "french cambodian in boston" sounded interesting but was a big disappointment. I would rate food and drinks overall a 2/10, service a 3/10 and value a 0/10: We paid around 130 for really not good food.

Verdict: Don't go there. I don't mean to be mean, but sometimes you just need to really warn people.

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Elephant Walk
900 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215

Bondir
279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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