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November 22, 2005
The Elephant Walk's Boston outpost is located just steps from Kenmore Square and Fenway Park. This is a great place to go if you're craving an elegant and well-thought-out meal, as opposed to the more casual ballpark fare associated with the area. The Elephant Walk has other locations in Cambridge and Waltham that are under the same management and creative teams.
The Elephant Walk specializes in French-Cambodian cuisine and boasts one of the best gourmet menus in all of Boston. Food critics often rave about the chef's original creations, which draw from her Cambodian roots and French-culinary training. The diverse menu offers many options for vegans, vegetarians, and carnivores alike; the dishes are also updated seasonally to give even more options to people that don't like to eat the same meal twice.
The Elephant Walk is open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, though I personally have only been there for dinner. The dinner menu includes dishes like Organic Tofu Citronelle and Filet Mingon a la Roquefort. As you can probably tell, there is something for everyone. The menu is split into parts so that patrons can choose if they would like to eat a la Francaise or a la Cambodienne. The Cambodian side of the menu tends to be a bit spicier, but has the best choices if you are vegetarian or vegan. The interior of The Elephant Walk in Boston is very elegant, with minimal Cambodian decor and white tablecloths with traditional settings. There is a small bar as you enter where you can enjoy a drink if you have to wait for your table. The service here is very friendly and can accomodate large parties with ease- setting aside smaller dining rooms so that groups do not compete for attention. The waitstaff is excellent, with great care given to each dining party. For a free extra, be sure to pick up some of the chef's printed recipe cards that are left by the front register. The last time I was there, I came home with a splendid recipe for mango-mint sorbet.
From journal Boston - Tourist in My Own City
New York, New York
August 27, 2002
There are two levels to the restaurant; I prefer the upstairs as it's more elegant and feels more unique than the downstairs dining room. Also, you have a view of the busy Massachusetts Avenue from the upstairs dining area. In the center of the upstairs is a circular railing that looks down onto the spiral staircase that leads to the lower level. There is nice lighting throughout the restaurant and high, wooden ceilings.
The food if the best part of the Elephant Walk. I've had the Cambodian duck leg confit with bean thread noddles, which was amazing. They also have great soups, like S'ngao Mouan, which has sauteed chicken with coconut milk and lemon grass. The menu includes a variety of vegetarian dishes, like Vegetarian Mee Siem which is a dish or rice noodles, tofu, and vegetables, sort of like a pad thai.
I never had dessert there, but the dessert menu looks outstanding.
The service is always fast. Both times I ate there, I left totally pleased with my entire dining experience.
Overall, the restaurant is worth going to, especially if you are looking to eat something a little different. I had never tried French Cambodian food until going to The Elephant Walk, and I was very impressed.
If you are travelling to Boston for the first time, I think there are better places to go that are situated in more exciting, "happening," areas of the city. But if you've already visited the city and are just looking for something different that's very good, definitely try this place out.
Also, I believe there is another Elephant Walk located in central Boston, but I've never been.
From journal Relaxing in Boston
August 8, 2000
From journal Boston - Like a Resident or a Tourist