When Montien’s second outpost in Inman Square shuttered in 2009, the cries of a thousand Cantabrigians could be heard across the harbor. Thankfully, the original Theatre District location, open since 1986, is alive and kicking. Family operated, Montien exudes kindness in its service and generosity in its entree portions. Specialties include a roasted duck curry and poo-nim-rad-prik (crispy soft shell crabs with sweet basil chili sauce), both of which appear on the “authentic Thai” menu (the noodle soups are also a standout). But don’t feel ashamed ordering from the more Americanized side of the menu: Many regulars return for the winter shrimp rolls, basil fried rice and a pad thai that is regularly touted as the best in the city. Insider tip: the cocktails surprisingly (and welcomingly) potent.
63 Stuart St
|Cross street:||at Tremont|
|Opening hours:||Mon 11:30am-10pm; Tue-Thu 11:30am-10:30pm; Fri, Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 4:15-10pm|