At Silk Road, we prepare and serve a mix of authentic Uyghur and Central Asian dishes in a bright, relaxing space. Our chefs bring years of experience to our kitchen and combine traditional cooking methods with only the freshest ingredients to create inspired meals just for you, our wonderful guests. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey -- no matter the occasion, weâre sure to treat you to a cultural and culinary adventure you wonât soon forget. Added on June 5, 2017 and last updated 5 months ago
★★★★★ Very small, nice, family-owned and run place. (When I say small, they unfortunately did not have a bathroom available so this is just something to keep in mind. There are several tables but if you are coming with a larger party, you may need to call ahead and make a reservation.)
This is very authentic and delicious food. I felt as though I was visiting their house and eating what they would eat on a day to day basis. We ordered dumplings, dry fried noodles, Uyghur pilaf, spicy chicken, and wonton soup. If you've ever had good mantoo, the dumplings and the wonton soup are similar and very filling. We ended up ordering more dumplings before we left. The Ugyhur pilaf, which was made with lamb, was also delicious. The dry fried noodles should not be missed BUT if you are sensitive to spice, make sure to emphasize that you want it as mild as possible. We were asked and said to make it a "little spicy" and it still was a very eye-opening experience and we kept reaching for our glasses of water. The spicy chicken was the only mixed bag experience for us. It is hard to explain but there's a lot of flavor combination in it that feels like it may be an acquired taste (underlying notes of vinegar and seafood were something that had me taking bite after bite to be able to describe it). I'm not sure I would order that again but if you are adventurous and like trying new dishes from other Muslim cultures that not everyone is willing to take on, that may be up your alley.
As mentioned before, this is a family-owned business and they are very kind and welcoming but also have their hands full. Food can take a little while to come out so the key is to be prepared to wait. I personally feel it is worth the wait and the experience. If you are passing through Boston and want to take a few-minute detour to Cambridge, I would definitely recommend a visit and if heading back again, I'd make a stop. Posted on October 28, 2017