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Martsa's on Elm, Hanmaru

limster | Jul 16, 2006 02:42 AM

Martsa's on Elm, Davis Sq., Somerville

A Tibetan place.

The chocho's a very basic and satisfying fried noodles, with beef (chicken, tofu or just plain vegetables also available as options), bell peppers, spinach or some sort of green and cabbage.

I love Tibetan tea -- this version is quite nice -- they aren't shy with salt and it does have a smooth milky quality (of course more butter is always welcome). The tea itself is a bit thin, could definitely be more robust.

I liked the bhagtsamagu, pieces of very gently chewy dough that are likely pan fried, with big crumbles of some cheese and coated with just the right amount of sauce made with butter and sugar.

Enthusiastic and cheerful service.

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Hanmaru, Allston

A somewhat new Korean place that also serves a variety of Japanese dishes and a modest selection of Korean-Chinese (labeled Chinese fusion), like the ones that make the mainstay of the menu at Buk Kyung.

The heated stone pot in the dolsot bi bim bap could have been a hotter, I only got a touch of caramelization on the rice. The dish is satisfactory, although the topping of lettuce was a bit of a surprise. The beef in it has good flavour, wish there was more of it. I'd probably try the bulgogi or galbi next time. The selection of 5 panchan dishes was up to par. Miso soup included, as is a slice of post meal watermelon.

If I were to go back, I'd probably try something else; they have a selection of stews that are only for 2, those are probably worth a shot.

Patience, helpful and friendly service.

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