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Cambodian and French Cuisine Comes Forward at Cambridge's Elephant Walk

By Courtney Clark

Venture down Cambridge's Massachusetts Avenue and you'll come across The Elephant Walk, a restaurant that brilliantly blends French and Cambodian cuisine. With full-flavored entrees and fresh ingredients, the fare is a must-try.

The chefs and co-owners behind the dishes bring incredible culinary experience to The Elephant Walk. The first Elephant Walk in Somerville was opened in the early nineties by the de Monteiros, who hail from Cambodia originally. In 1998, they partnered with Gérard Lopez, a Frenchman with an international palate, to open the Cambridge location. Today, Gérard is the Executive Chef, bringing his culinary expertise to the delicious entrees served daily. Gérard even teaches at the Cambridge Culinary School and offers private cooking classes.

Gérard describes the dishes as made with fresh ingredients to create high-noted and lightly-spiced flavors. Mother Daughter team, Longteine de Monteiro and her daughter Nadsa, the original owners create each recipe with decades of experience. Each Cambodian recipe is either Traditional or Original Cambodian cuisine. Traditional meals, according to the website, are "those already embedded in Cambodian culture," while Original fare will not be found in other restaurants. Original recipes are created by the chefs and they still use "traditional ingredients and techniques."

One example of Traditional cuisine, what the menu refers to as "Cuisine Cambodgienne Traditionenelle", is the Mee Siem au Poulet. The dish is sautéed rice noodles, in a sauce of shredded chicken breast, tofu, garlic, soy beans, Chinese chive, and more- all topped with a shredded omelet. There is a vegan Mee Siem as well. Another option is the Prix Fixe menu, which is a three-course meal with a variety of options to choose from, such as the Rouleax to start, the Loc Lac for the main entrée, and the Tarte Chocolat au Caramel for dessert.

The menu would not be complete without diverse beverage options. In addition to beer and white and red wines, non-alcoholic beverages include a Thai Iced Tea, a Pomegranate Cooler, and a Limeade Spritzer. The Thai tea blends China black teas with spices and herbs, while the cooler and spritzer are carbonated, refreshing drinks.

If the food is uniquely delicious, the atmosphere is friendly and cozy. With brown and red décor, warm lighting, and a comfortable combination of wood and brick, each guest is sure to feel at ease while enjoying a meal. With plenty of options to choose from and an atmosphere as comfortable as the food is delicious, the Elephant Walk is an unusual yet excellent choice for lunch and dinner.

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