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Pan Asia and Amsterdam Cafe in Southie

LivestoEat | Jun 29, 2006 11:39 PM

I found this board doing a search for Southie, where I've lived for a year and love, so I thought I'd tell you about my fave places for delivery because it's tough around here unless you're looking for Greek pizza-esque food or bad Chinese.

Amsterdam Cafe is a gem for anyone who appreciates the Angora Cafe or any of it's multiple outposts. When I was in there last to pick up a yummy pita wrap and asked about the similarities, I was told that one of the owners of Angora started opening up different locations, with similar menus. He gets them up and running and then sell after a couple of months. I'm not sure if it's a franchise or just a purchased spin-off, but the food is fresh and so welcome.

Addy: 483 East Broadway, 617-464-6488. Here's a link to Angora's menu to give you an idea. They deliver, too.
http://angoracafe.foodler.com/hi.do

Next on the list is Pan Asia. I've been there to eat-in only once. The room was redone recently. It's cute, but I mostly get sushi delivery. In Southie! It puts Teriyaki House to shame in the sushi dept. While it is technically Asian fusion, the Pad Thai was terrible, and thus I haven't tried any the Thai curries, but I probably should... However, some of the Chinese dishes pretty good, especially the chicken with garlic sauce. When you order, remember that this isn't a place to get fancy, just a solid place that delivers. I bet the Kung Pao is good, etc.

But back to the sushi. The fish is fresh and tasty enough that I order maki least once a week. They do well with some of the designer rolls like the red sox maki, celtic maki, and shrimp tempura (with a drizzle of the spicy mayo that has become so popular). I also like the eel maki variations. Spicy tuna and hamachi are passable, but I skip them--they would almost be better if the fish and mayo stuff was pureed, which I usually hate. And I don't order sushi or sashimi. The saba and ikura just weren't fresh enough for my taste, for example.

On a whole, Pan Asia is on a similar par with Shino/Sushi express... a place where you don't necessarily want to order the things not in constant rotation, but still solid. And they deliver, which may be why I love them so much!

Addy and Phone Number: 412-414 W Broadway 617-268-2821

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