Boston >Food & Dining > Brown Sugar Cafe
1033 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA | Directions 0221542.352120 -71.121849
M-Th 11-10, F 11-11, Sa 12-11, Su 12-10
Neighborhoods: Allston-Brighton, Allston
One of my favorite Thai places in Boston. The food never disappoints.
Do not order delivery service from this restaurant. They broke my doorbell and have not heard back from the owner to get reimbursed.
good thai food close to BU and kenmore sq. Overall food is on par with what you would expect for price although some dishes can be significantly better. Pad thai from this place is really good.
Cute place for pad thai – The atmosphere and decor of this place surpasses all the other ethnic restaurants in the area!! I love the fish tank and authentic Oriental decoration. The service is pretty decent, and the food is really yummy! It's a bit pricier than takeout places like S&I, but the pad thai is to die for. They also have some sort of special Thai milkshakes or smoothies or something that my friends all love. I believe they also serve alcohol here.
Great Food but expect to be rushed – I have been to both of the Brown Sugar restaurants but most recently to the Comm Ave location. The Thai food here is excellent, my favorite dish is the sizzling platter with scallops and shrimp prepared right next to your table and served immedaitely. Its quite a sight when its brought over and I suggest you take advantage. The pineapple-based rice dishes are also very nice with really cool presentation.
My problem with Brown Sugar is that its so cramped on Comm Ave I wonder if they even have the room to prepare the dish tableside. You're practically sitting on top of your neighbors and your food will arrive almost immediately after you order on a busy night. also, don't expect to sit after dinner, your waiter will ask to clear plates the minute they're remotely empty.
The restaurants concern for turning over tables makes for an uncomfortable experience - so I don't usually go unless I plan on eating, paying, and getting out in under 30 minutes.
Can't say i'm a huge fan, but maybe on Tuesday nights its a little more civil. Check out Khao Sarn in Brookline if you're looking for something a little slower (albeit out of the way).
Run away from this place – After reading all of your glowing reviews, I made the big mistake of eating here last night prior to an event at the Agganis Arena. We ordered a variety of items (fresh spring rolls, ribs, pad thai special of the day and spicy pork & green beans) they were all lacking in flavor, spice and culinary skill. This place is a mill where they churn out subpar food that all looks and tastes the same. They rush the food to your table and try to hustle you out to turn as many tables as possible. I can only assume they do not think you are coming back so crappy food and rushed service are the norm. Do not waste your time or money, eating at any of the fast food places nearby is a better bet than this place.
Fantastic Thai food with great service – The food was outstanding - their khao soi (a Northern Thai yellow curry with crispy and soft noodles) was spot-on, just as I've eaten in Thailand, and the spicyness was just right. Service was efficient but unrushed and very friendly. If eating out in Boston I'd wholeheartedly recommend eating here.
good food, sub-par service – hostesses, not the happiest on earth. at peak times wait is longer than the meal itself. service is dependent on individual server. tables are placed very close to one another your rear end risks sweeping other people's food off their table. overall experience is... "acceptable."
food, for the most part, is great, and they have about 20 kinds of pad thai for you to try at each visit! my personal fav is the roast duck red curry, although one time it was on a sweeter side of curry (which i like) and one time it was like szechuan spicy.
Great Atmosphere – It's close to BU campus, so it's busy a lot of nights. Food was better than expected, the atmosphere was nice. I would recommend it for a first date.
The BU area's go-to spot for authentic Thai cuisine offers locals a perfectly romantic, and affordable, date spot. – Colorful fish tanks, framed butterflies, cream colored walls and metallic fans conspire to set a distinctly romantic mood, much to the satisfaction of the many young couples who stop in before a show or after a study break. For the uninitiated, Brown Sugar's epic menu provides a flavorful intro to the pleasures of Thai fare. Experienced diners revel in authentic preparations of favorites like choo chee fisherman (seafood with a kaffir lime-spiced curry sauce) and masaman curry. Newbies can select from dozens of not-too-spicy, not-too-foreign options like crunchy spring rolls and cloyingly sweet pad thai. So-called "gourmet originals" offer more than a dozen bases for a choose-your-own-adventure experience.
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