Who says Asian restaurants can’t be classy or cute? Brown Sugar Café in Brighton breaks the stereotype of Asian restaurants with its lovely atmosphere and decorations. Of course, there are many others that also beautiful decor, but at the price and quality of Brown Sugar? Not as many.
I appreciate it when restaurants have nice table settings and silverware. Brown Sugar had a simple but cute setting. I particularly liked the small little arrangement and their forks and knives. The service was very good too. We were frequently asked how everything was, and our glasses were never more than half empty (Not that it always defines a good service, but it’s nice to know that they’re attentive).
What I loved most, though, was the restaurant’s interior. On the side of the restaurant where we sat, there were beautiful clear frames with butterfly arrangements lining the walls and an elegant chandelier.
On the other side of the restaurant, there are small wall carpets lining the walls and cute lights hanging from the ceiling. Outside, there are even a few tables available. I can’t wait to go back and enjoy the sun with the food when the weather’s nice!
The food was excellent! For appetizer, we had the Thai Spring Rolls, which were hot, crispy, and divine. The outer layer was thin and flaky, almost like a pastry except crunchier. The inside was stuffed savory goodness.
The presentation was appealing as well, just like the restaurant’s interior. I could definitely see the restaurant’s subtle attention to details to make everything from the carrot display to the cuts and the placement of the spring rolls. I still crave these at times, and I don’t even like spring rolls that much! They may have been the best spring rolls I’ve had. P loved them too, and to this day says “I’m craving the spring rolls we had in Brown Sugar Cafe” sometimes.
Again, I love curry. I read from many reviews that Brown Sugar’s curries are fantastic, so I had to order one. I got the Green Curry with Duck, and I was extremely happy that I did. The duck was super tender and moist, and the vegetables were cooked just right (many restaurants tend to overcook their vegetables, causing them to be soggy). The eggplants were especially enjoyable.
The curry was delicious. I loved the duck and green curry combination, which the rice soaked up and delivered a heavenly taste. The consistency was more even and creamier than that of Bangkok Bistro’s, yet not greasy. Don’t get me wrong, Bangkok Bistro’s curry is good and love eating there too; Brown Sugar’s was just better.
As usual, P got the Pad Thai, which was also excellent. Also a bonus how the noodles didn’t clump together.
With this one visit, I fell in love with Brown Sugar. Good location, pretty interior, friendly staff, amazing food, and moderate price? I found my go-to Thai and curry place.
Embarrassing story: while trying to cut the biggest piece of duck, my hand slipped, and the duck went flying out of my plate onto the floor. The ladies from the table beside us giggled with me, although I was sadder about the duck’s escape than the embarrassing situation.
1033 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215