Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Restaurants, Thai
5 out of 5 stars
Cha Yen Thai Cookery
Photograph: Courtesy Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Who knew that Watertown housed the city’s most creative Thai restaurant? Chef Manita Bunnagitkam spent years cooking in hotel restaurants—as well as under celebrity chef Todd English—before returning to her love for Thai techniques and opening her first restaurant in 2014. She incorporates only the freshest ingredients to turn out dishes unlike any you’ve ordered from your local takeout spot; little wonder that Cha Yen began raking in accolades barely a year after opening. Starters include quail eggs and a shrimp “donut” made from fried shrimp paste; main course standards include pineapple fried rice, Khai soi brisket and a potent panang curry. But all of this is really an excuse to order the restaurant’s homemade ice cream, whipped up using the chef’s secret, constantly tweaked recipe. Flavors change weekly, but look for choices like jasmine thai basil, spicy chocolate, strawberry basil sorbet and thai iced coffee.

By: Meaghan Agnew


Venue name: Cha Yen Thai Cookery
Address: 613 Mt Auburn St
Cross street: between Elston and Bigelow Aves
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-9:30pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-10pm; Sun 3:30-9:30pm
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