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Zenna Noodle Bar revisited.

ghostcat | May 11, 2008 11:10 PM

Several days ago I wrote about the crab rangoons at Zenna's. From the barrage of mail indicating that I had no taste and wouuld make an dreadful dining companion to the declaration that the place was not Vietnamese at all, I would like to make some clarifications. I chatted with Tien, the owner tonight, after a wonderful dinner. Tien opened this restaurant over a year ago. It is Vietnamese, and the cooking is totally authentic and admired by local Viets. Rave reviews are on view at Yelp.com. Crab rangoons are not an American invention as someone suggested, but are part of many Asian cusines. Tien fled Viet Nam with her life after her family was mostly killed by the Viet Cong with the fall of the country. Her father was the village mayor and he was shot in both legs, while Tien's pregnant mother and sister were shot to death. With the help of some Catholic organizations she arrived in American, earned a degree at Northeastern, ran successful restaurants in Marblehead and Florida before opening her place in Brookline Tonight I was seated next to some out of town visitors who loved the place. They raved about the food and decor, and this was not the first time I've sat next to out of towners who wished they had a similar restaurant where they lived. My point of revisiting this restaurant is that all opinions are welcome in the chow world. I love looking at an array or white orchards against a white sculptural wall, There are many places in Brookline where you can go out to eat and have good time with good food, but the number of places where you can truly dine, is limited. Zenna is one of those places and I'm not equating it Lineage or La Morra, it still remains an undiscovered treasure. And for those who indicated that the crab rangoons were filled with plastic or something equally unedible, Zenna uses real crab meat, fresh carrots and Philladelphia cream cheese. You can actually taste the crab!

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