Out of all ethnic cuisines, Thai food is by far my favorite, so living less than a block away from Brown Sugar Cafe on Commonwealth Avenue is dangerous to say the least.
In short, this restaurant is absolutely fantastic. I have never had a subpar meal here, never mind a bad one. From the outside, Brown Sugar Cafe does not look like anything special; it has a green awning and several flowerboxes, and could be mistaken for any other restaurant lining Comm Ave. But, do not let initial appearances fool you. The interior is extremely expansive, with plenty of tables to sit large parties. There are several fish tanks, as well as a small bar. And for those that like to people watch, there are plenty of tables seated by the windows that overlook onto Comm. Ave.
Now, onto the more important things… the food. As I previously mentioned, I am convinced that nothing on this menu is bad. For appetizers, I strongly recommend the traditional Tom Yum Goong soup; a hot and sour soup that is typically prepared with shrimp, although you can ask for it with chicken. I recently tried the Thai Spring Rolls, and they were extremely light and had a nice blend of spices.
For entrees, their Pad Thai is extremely flavorful and full of freshly chopped peanuts, and the portions are large enough to bring home for lunch the next day. Another noodle dish I recommend is the Drunken Noodle, but be warned, it is very spicy. My favorite dish on the menu is the Yellow Curry, to which you can add your choice of meat and vegetables. For those that do not like spicy food, the Chinese Broccoli is a great option. The dish is very simple; your choice of meat and loads of fresh Chinese broccoli, all served in a light ginger soy sauce and your choice of rice.
The service at Brown Sugar Cafe further enhances the experience. The food comes out quickly, making the restaurant the perfect place to grab lunch in lieu of fast food. The servers are very attentive, and are happy to make accommodations such as switching a vegetable or protein in a dish.
I went here for my last birthday, and the experience truly took service to the next level. If you are looking for a fun and memorable birthday dinner- look no further. I do not want to give it away, but let me say that flashing lights and disco balls may or may not have been involved… as well as an order of their fried ice cream.
Brown Sugar Cafe – Comm. Ave.
1033 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115