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New Taste of Asia (CLOSED)

1393 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446
--- Winner, Best Chinese Restaurant in Boston Area, 2005 ---

Photo of New Taste of Asia, Brookline, MA It seems that more and more authentic Chinese restaurants are popping up in the Boston area these days, many of which are outstanding. From Shanghai Gate in Allston to Shangri-La in Belmont to the Taiwan Cafe in Chinatown, these restaurants are often inexpensive and serve more than just the standard chicken fingers, beef lo mein, and spare ribs that so many Chinese restaurants tend to offer. And New Taste of Asia, a tiny dining spot in Brookline, is definitely one of these authentic Chinese restaurants that should not be missed.

At first glance, the rather plain-looking New Taste of Asia looks like yet another takeout place in Coolidge Corner that locals and college students frequent. But while a number of restaurants in Coolidge Corner serve up cheap, basic food, New Taste of Asia is anything but basic. Simply put, the items served at New Taste of Asia, from the vegetable dumplings to the wonton soup to the chicken with chili to the Singapore rice noodle, are head and shoulders above the food at the vast majority of Chinese restaurants in the Boston area.

When New Taste of Asia first opened, word quickly got out about this restaurant, as major newspapers in the Boston area raved about it. And while New Taste of Asia is still talked about among Bostonians who know their food, this restaurant is still relatively unknown among much of the general public. As of this writing, New Taste of Asia is sometimes nearly empty on a given weeknight, though it can also be a bit hectic, too (remember, this is a tiny restaurant, so it doesn't take much for New Taste of Asia to become crowded). But for now, New Taste of Asia is still a bit of a hidden gem. If you like authentic Chinese food, you may want to head to Coolidge Corner in Brookline to see what all the fuss is all about before the rest of the world discovers this wonderful place.