Cha Yen Thai Cookery

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Open now 12PM - 8:45PM
$$$$ Price range per person $11 - $30
613 Mt Auburn St, Watertown
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Watertown, Massachusetts, USA

Thai cuisine is famous around the world and visitors advise you to taste it at this restaurant. Serving tasty papaya salads, salmon and grilled beef is the unique characteristic of Cha Yen Thai Cookery. You will try good green tea ice cream, corn cakes and doughnuts. Delicious wine, liqueur or beer are the most popular drinks of this place. It's time to degustate great iced green tea, thai iced tea or americano.

This spot is good for people who have dinner in a hurry as they can order food as a takeout. The professional staff reflects the style and character of this restaurant. Nice service is something clients like here. Affordable prices are what you are to pay for your meal. The beautiful decor and quiet atmosphere let guests feel relaxed here. Cha Yen Thai Cookery has received Google 4.6 according to the guests' opinions.

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Greg W.
We read the reviews and made a slightly longer drive for takeout.  We were pretty excited about this place and wow were we wrong.  We showed up early to pick up the food and had to wait a short bit, which was fine because we thought that the food would not be sitting around.  The staff were very friendly and attentive (hence the 2 stars). We ordered the following: Chicken Wings.  Had a good flavor to them but were way overcooked.   Fried Curry Dumplings.  They tasted like they came from frozen and had no curry flavor.   Kee Mao Noodles.  Tasted like it was microwaved.  The flavor was ok, but the dish was not even close to spicy as the menu indicates.   Red  curry which I have added a picture.  It had hardly any red curry and was barely moist.  The flavor was ok however there was no heat to it as the menu indicates.  We have never seen a Thai curry with such little liquid.   The good:  The service.
Jean C.
I liked this place at first, despite the fact that they don't have scallion pancakes on the menu nor drinks that don't taste like syrup. I really wanted to like this place since my BFF likes it and always wants to eat there. For months now, I've been ordering the same dish over and over requesting "no fish sauce." "Finally, I'm told there's no pressure, just  just oyster sauce." Then I'm told that "There are no oysters in oyster sauce." Really? Why is it called oyster sauce? Do these people not have access to Google? It would've been nice to have told that before I consumed many servings of this dish.  I'm just horrified vegetarian.  GOOD THING IM NOT ALLERGIC TO SHELL FISH!!! There people need to figure out what they're doing before they kill someone!
Vivian C.
Cha Yen Thai Cookery is located on the same block as Deluxe Town Diner, across from Red Lentil.  While they have 4 stools with window counter seating, 5 two top tables, and 2 four top tables, they seem to do a good business with take-out as they were still quite busily cooking away when we were the only party dining in and had already received all our dishes.  This did not last long, however, as only one table was empty when we made our departure later that evening. I love their hollow round ice cubes, as they were both cute and did not displace much liquid.  The Thai ice tea $2.95 was good here.  We ordered both the Corn Cake $5.50 (fried sweet corn with sweet and spicy peanut dressing) and Roti $6 (grilled pancake with chicken massaman curry sauce) for our appetizers.  Loved the corn cakes!  Definitely portioned for sharing, but not for more than 3 people since each person will want more than one.  The accompanying sauce was more a sweet sauce with small diced veggies.  The pancakes were thin and tasty with the accompanying curry sauce, however, the sauce was more peanut than curry. For our entrees, we selected the Salmon Mango Salad $9.50 (salmon, red onion, cilantro, scallion, chili flakes, lime juice, and cashew nuts) and Shrimp Pad Thai $10.25 (rice noodle stir-fried with egg, spiced tofu, shallot, peanuts, bean sprouts, and scallion).  The salmon was tender and the salad fresh, while 5 large shrimp came with the tender rice noodles.  Both were good, but my vote goes to the pad thai. For dessert, their only offering is their homemade ice cream in a variety of flavors, $2.50 for 3.8 oz.  Both the Coconut and Thai Ice tea Ice Creams (100% homemade, no artificial coloring or flavoring, no preservatives, no corn syrup) were tasty.  I recommend enjoying the coconut before the Thai ice tea as somehow the flavor was affected when tasted in reverse. The Tao Hu Song Krueng $10 (deep-fried tofu with ground chicken, corn kernels, carrots, green peas, mushroom, and cilantro) delivered to our neighboring table looked good, as did the $7 grilled shrimp (2 sticks of 3 shrimp apiece).
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613 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA
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Delivery Takeaway No outdoor seating Booking
Opening hours
SundaySun 12PM-8:45PM
MondayMon Closed
TuesdayTue 11:30AM-8:45PM
WednesdayWed 11:30AM-8:45PM
ThursdayThu 11:30AM-8:45PM
FridayFri 11:30AM-8:45PM
SaturdaySat 11:30AM-8:45PM

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