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Nom Nom Nom – Review: Tampopo, Cambridge, MA

This week’s review comes from the Porter Exchange building right in Porter Square, Cambridge, MA. For those of you who don’t know, this building is shared by Lesley University and a bunch of other retail stores, like small Japanese restaurants for example. This review is about Tampopo, one of those small Japanese restaurants.

Tampopo
1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Review Date: February 2011

Tampopo is a quaint little restaurant (well, they all are in there really, with a few exceptions) that serves a lot of variety of Japanese cuisine–from tempura to udon noodle to katsu-don, which is a rice bowl with some kind of fried cutlet of meat. What I had ordered at this time was the Soboro Tofu Bowl with Beef, which is basically a rice bowl with minced beef and fried tofu (alternative option is steamed tofu). Although, I did find my beef to be just a tad bit underseasoned for my tastes. But besides that, nom nom nom! This also comes with a side of miso soup as well.

A note: this place doesn’t have too much seating so if you go at peak time (which we did–around dinnertime), you will have to wait for a table to open up, which would be the norm for the other places around there as well, since they are just as equally as small.

Money: $ (out of 4)

Good date place? Hmm sure, maybe… why not?

Grade: B+

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay. We come here pretty often so I’m sure there’s no doubt we’ll be back here sometime in the near future.



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