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Equator in the South End

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Equator in the South End

MC Slim JB | Jun 7, 2004 09:32 PM

Tried out this new place on Washington St in the South End near Mass Ave (across from Mike's City Diner). Mostly Thai menu, a few Korean barbecue dishes, a couple of Japanese dishes, one Indonesian (nasi goreng), and a weird couple of sections of Western pasta and steak/prime rib dishes.

Starter of chicken satay is fine, juicy, grill-marked ($7). Green curry chicken is decent sized ($12), not very firey, using green peas instead of Thai baby eggplant. Rice (brown or white) included. No relish tray, though the kitchen does come up with a dish of minced pickled chillis on request so I can add some heat.

Pork bulgoki is a tiny portion for $15, tasty enough, but with most of the marinade burnt onto the grill plate (no barbecue tables here). Rice and miso soup included. Didn't notice on the menu that na mool only accompanies one of the BBQ entrees (I should have wondered why beef bulgoki was listed twice at two different prices).

Pleasant if a trifle rough service (water refilled with a load of dirty plates on one arm). Pretty room, lots of beautiful wood inlay, forgettable "lite" jazz on the stereo. Full liquor license being applied for; BYO in the meantime.

Initial impression: quite pricey for what it is, and it's hard to imagine folks coming here and paying $22-$26 for Western steaks and prime rib. It is, of course, still the very early days. We'll give it a chance to fine-tune, and try it again in a few weeks

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