Boston Restaurant Blog -- September, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
I had a rather disappointing meal at Jamjuli in Newton Highlands a couple of weeks ago. It is too bad, as I had gone to this Thai restaurant in Newton Highlands a couple of years back for a birthday celebration, and it had been very good that time. But this time around, the restaurant just seemed a bit worn out.
The first thing I noticed about Jamjuli when we walked in was that the place was nearly empty, and this at about 6:30 in the evening on a Wednesday. I figured that business would pick up as the evening went along, but it never did. We looked at the menu once we sat down, deciding on a few items to try. The vegetable rolls were fresh, the glass noodle soup was quite tasty, and the Thai iced tea really hit the spot. The hot crazy noodles with chicken entree was pretty good, though it wasn't quite hot enough for me and didn't really stand out from similar dishes I've had at other Thai restaurants. The other entree we ordered was a big disappointment; the chicken with pine nuts had little taste, and the whole dish was covered in a gloppy sauce that rendered the dish nearly inedible.
With such great Thai restaurants as Dok Bua and Khao Sarn nearby (both in Brookline), it is tough to justify returning to Jamjuli. Perhaps we hit the place on an off night, but based on the musty smell inside, the spring pushing through the old seat I was on, the lack of patron during the heart of the dinner hour, and the inconsistent food, I'm not sure I want to give the place the benefit of the doubt.
For those of you who are looking for the address and phone number for Jamjuli, here it is: Jamjuli, 1203 Walnut Street, Newton Highlands, MA 02461. Phone: (617) 965-5655.
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