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Where Did You Go For Valentine's Day (If Anywhere)?

hiddenboston | Feb 15, 200805:15 AM

We went to the Elephant Walk in Cambridge last night, and except for a blip or two, it was a terrific experience. They had the option of a fixed price tasting menu (which my GF did) or ordering off the normal menu (which was what I did).

Apps were good--the pork spring rolls were nice and meaty, while the wild mushroom soup with sherry and brown rice had a complex, exotic flavor.

The entrees were excellent, though my GF's center-cut sirloin was cooked rare (she had ordered medium), so it was sent back to be cooked better. My dish--the mee siem au poulet (chicken with rice noodles, egg, and a variety of veggies) was outstanding, though I made the mistake of ordering it extra spicy, and I am paying the price for that move.

Desserts included a delicious chocolate truffle cake and a rather odd (but good) creme caramel with pandan leaf that smelled kind of like a gym locker room but had a taste that was like a mix of red bean and hazelnut.

The place was packed, with an interesting mix of beautiful people, earthy crunchy folks, older couples, and young MIT types who looked like they might be fans of Weezer or Radiohead.

Overall, a very nice experience, and one that wasn't your typically crazy madhouse that happens so often on Valentine's Day.

Where did other folks go? Any really nice spots?

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