Boston Restaurant Blog -- December, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
We tried a Thai restaurant called Sugar and Spice in Porter Square, Cambridge, a few weeks ago. We were very impressed by the place, and so, apparently, were lots of others, as the restaurant was about as crowded as I've seen in the area for a Wednesday evening.
When we arrived, the restaurant wasn't too crowded, though granted, we got to Sugar and Spice pretty early in the evening. The host sat us down at a window seat and we checked out the sidewalk scene for awhile before ordering pan-fried veggie dumplings for an appetizer. The dumplings were delicious, and very different, as they were almost like a Thai version of potato pancakes (but with pureed vegetables inside them). For our main entrees, we tried a couple of dishes: The drunken noodles with chicken were spicy and hot, with a powerful basil taste, and the noodles were fresh and also less greasy than those I've had in other places; the country-style pad Thai was incredibly spicy, but the flavor of the dish wasn't compromised by the extreme heat.
I've heard that service can be inconsistent at Sugar and Spice, but the night we were there, the people who waited on our table were friendly, efficient, and always nearby in case we ran out of water. They did a terrific job, especially considering how crowded the restaurant became as the evening went on. By the time we left Sugar and Spice, there was a line of people out the door waiting for tables. Based on this, I don't feel like we can feature Sugar and Spice on our site because it seems anything but "hidden," but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try it; the food, while not quite up to the level of Brookline's Dok Bua or Khao Sarn, it was very, very good and definitely worth a trip, in my opinion.
For those who would like the address and phone number for Sugar and Spice, here it is: Sugar and Spice, 1933 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 01840. Phone: (617) 868-4200
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