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  • Kevin Chen

Talulla



Address: 377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138

Hours: Wed-Sun 4:30-8:30 PM

Rating: 81/100 (probably an A- with the Harvard curve) Not every item is a hit, but there are definitely some dishes I would come back for. Vibe Check: Upscale date night spot with chill, modern aesthetic with service that still feels homey

Bread Review: To be honest, my favorite part of the bread was the little sack it came in.


What to Order


Must Eats

(we're why you visit)



Butter Poached Lobster, 9/10

Not only the most beautiful dish, but also the tastiest. The funkiness of the mushrooms pairs well with the sweet lobster. The crunchy almonds are a nice textural surprise






Wagyu Bavette, 8/10

You can't go wrong ordering Wagyu. The onion jam and broccoli purée bring acidity and freshness to balance the juicy steak. The wine flavor in the jam was quite strong, but the overflowing juiciness of Wagyu blankets any small flaws.


Tartine, 8.5/10

We ordered this thinking it was nothing special, but the harmony of the sourness of the pickled radish, the creaminess of the smoked ricotta, and the sweetness of the honey was addicting. I could eat this all night. Definitely a surprise pick, but sometimes less is more.


Middle of the Pack

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Foie Gras Torchon. 7.5/10

Like Wagyu, foie gras is always umami-packed. This is a classic preparation of foie gras. The sweetness of the strawberries and the slight irony flavor of the foie gras are unique but could be a matter of personal taste. I do have to say the house Brioche is full of buttery goodness.


Hazelnut Tartlet, 7/10

Along with the lobster, this is probably the most aesthetically pleasing, but the tart didn't have much blueberry or hazelnut flavor. It was well-balanced, but that may be due to overall lack of flavor rather than expert baking.



Vanilla Panna Cotta, 7.5/10

I loved each individual element of the dish. The panna cotta was creamy and delicate, the cinnamon shortbread brought crunch, and the hibiscus berries added a much needed touch of tartness. However, the balance was a little off, and I found myself with no berries or shortbread halfway through.

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Rohan Duck Breast, 6.5/10

I'm always a huge fan of duck, but this time I felt like a Falcon's fan after Super Bowl LI. The duck was stringy, the skin was soggy, the custard made no sense, and the farro was flavorless. The only redeeming quality was the flavor of the sauce.



White Asparagus Panna Cotta, 6/10

This dish was even more confusing than the last. I felt like they just threw together some expensive ingredients and called it a day. The oyster and panna cotta are both soft and gooey, and the oyster and caviar are both briny, which end up creating an unpleasant texture and taste.



Written by Kevin Chen and photographed by Dylan Zhou.


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