Waltham >Food & Dining > Elephant Walk
663 Main St, Waltham, MA | Directions 0245142.376301 -71.236801
Sun-Thur 5-10 pm; Fri-Sat 5-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Bank Square
Something for everyone – This is my favorite restaurant in Waltham! I love to bring people here, because they have something for everybody, from my friends who are impressed by the number of vegan dishes on the menu, to the meat-lovers who love the Loc-Lac and the steak-frites. I have also come here with children in tow, and the staff were very helpful in finding things that the kids would eat.
The Loc-Lac is garlic tenderloin tips, with plenty of garlic. If you're looking for flavor, that's the dish I would recommend.
Another unique dish is the Mee Siem au Poulet. A spicy noodle and chicken dish topped with strips of egg. It's a fascinating combination of tastes.
You should start with some spring rolls, which come on a plate with big lettuce leaves, sprouts, and some sauce. You rip off a piece of the lettuce, toss in some sprouts and a spring roll, spoon on the sauce and roll up the lettuce. it's a great combination of textures and flavors, as well as a test of your dexterity.
The portions are generous, but if you have room left over for dessert, I like the peche au chocolate - a very rich, intense piece of chocolate cake. My friench-speaking friends tell me it translates to "chocolate sin", but I think it's heavenly.
Pathetic food and prices – Elephant walk has some of the worst Viet/French food I have had in the country. The wine list is thirsty, the dinner menu has some excellent dish names but the dishes themselves are overly sweet and do not do justice to the cuisine. The appetizers were greasy and also too sweet. The service was not so bad but lacked charisma. On the whole, try some other restaurant.
Don't Bother – Disappointed from the moment I walked in the door. Dirty floors, food on the wall from previous diners and a disgusting bathroom. The service was so-so, the waitress was pleasant but made no attempt to wipe up a puddle which had seeped from our appetizer onto the table, so it sat there the entire time because she never stopped over to see how we were doing. The food was bland and overpriced. I've had better, cheaper. I should have gone with my first instinct and turned around as soon as I sat. The only good part of the meal was the bread, which is brought in from outside and baked on-site.
the best – this is one of my family's faviorites. we've been going for years now. the staff is amazing, and the food is wonderful. there is a great variety, and everything is great! i would recomend this to anyone.
Disappointing – I was looking forward to a unique dining experience and was disappointed with stale bread, mediocre salad, a good entree that was difficult to eat (due to the presentation of fish sitting in soup that needed to be cut and, thus, splashed around a lot), an ok dessert, and poor service. The service was the worst part of the meal. Although our server was nice, most of the service was provided as an afterthought while walking by with someone else's dirty dishes or after we grabbed her for assistance. Dishes were brought out before we were finished with the previous course and, occasionally, put on the table in an askew fashion (i.e. not in front of me). They might have been short-staffed that night, as it did seem, but I won't go back to find out if they can do better. Too many other good restaurants.
A loyal following of local couples flock to the Waltham location of Boston's lone French-Cambodian restaurant. – The Scene
A colorful crowd of food lovers make the trek to sample hard-to-find Cambodian dishes and non-fussy French fare. Attentive young servers and colorful, eclectic dishes provide the relaxed dining room with plenty of atmosphere (there are also many elephant images, for good luck). Libation lovers have a menu of fruity house concoctions to select from, as well as an exciting wine list that's full of rare, international varietals.
Wise diners mix and match the menu's endless assortment of French and Cambodian dishes. Must-try starters include devilishly fun Nataing (ground pork-coconut milk dip that's served with crunchy jasmine rice cakes) and Leah Chah (steamed mussels in a savory Asian basil broth). Among the Gallic options, a smart choice is the Porc Diplomat--grilled pork tenderloin with a creamy mushroom, garlic and black pepper sauce. Leave room for light, pleasing desserts like white-chocolate mousse with tart raspberry coulis.
Nice but not the real deal. – A clean and tidy spot, Carambola serves up some tasty meals....but not all are as fresh as one would expect. The fish for instance, presumably monk, was bland, and at least a couple of days old. Spring rolls were soft and greasy. The service was fast but not helpful.
All in all, another Asian restaurant which has altered the cuisine to suit the American palate. Definitely not the real deal.
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