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“Funky & Authentic: Skip the Aorta stew and you'll love this place”

Wu Er by Wow Barbecue
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Ranked #73 of 221 Restaurants in Brookline
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Reviewed 25 November 2017

Would not have expected to like this place -- but we did! Need to get past the entry way which smells Cumin-y and funky. There's a fish tank at the door with nearly frozen but live little fish swimming around. Our table wasn't ready, and when we were seated it didn't look particularly clean. Our waitress barely spoke english, and they were totally thrown off by the alcoholic drinks we ordered from THEIR drink menu. We were told they were out of alcohol, and there was enough for only 2 (out of 5) Mai Tais. Ummm. Okay. You provided the drink option. And when they were served, neither had any alcohol in them. Going forward, skip the drinks!
The service is meh. Staff is confused, disorganized and overall not very pleasant. We were clearly out of our dining league here, and WuEr needs to work on being more helpful with menu options and making diners feel more comfortable. If they offer alcohol, then at least stock it or stick with bottled beer .
But ... the place was crowded with many authentic locals who came for this destination only. The double sided menu had things like pig's blood, Aorta something or another, intestines and other body parts that I'm sure were delicious but sounded disgusting.
We ordered more traditional options ... bok choy with mushrooms, Dan Dan noodles, sesame chicken, pork belly, steamed clams, scallion pancakes. Everything was hot. highly seasoned, and made with style, commitment to the cuisine, and surprisingly awesome!
We will come back again, and go for one of the hot pots. Perhaps the crab for two. Lots of options we are curious about, and lots of stories to tell if we actually get brave enough to try them.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

We ordered several barbecue items - mushrooms, cabbage,lamb and chicken skewers - the flavors of the spices were exquisite, the prices for each of these not-so-small plates were incredibly inexpensive. Can't wait to try the other barbecue items. Service was excellent.

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Thank GregoryPS
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Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

This has been on the list for a while and I only got to try it out yesterday. This is a well decorated place, relaxing atmosphere and also decent privacy for group of 4 above. They have many barbecue choices on the menu along with others and in Boston you don't get many great barbecue places so love this. We tried a mixture of vegetable and meat barbecues and a mixed pot of spicy grill stuff. Taste great and will definitely come back another time.

Thank Jessica Y
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Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Wu Er is only open for lunch certain days of the week.

We decided to try their eggplant tapas, Asian ribs, Zha Jiang Mian​ noodles and many skewers with hummus for dipping.

The eggplant was prepared with hoisin sauce. The ribs had a nice sauce with cilantro. Both were very good.

The skewers (lamb, beef, chicken and shrimp) all had the same cumin dry rub.
It would have been nice if the server had told us in advance that they did not have any hummus dipping sauce. The skewers were very dry and the taste monotonous. We would have chosen a few less skewers if we had been told before he served everything.

The Zha Jiang Mian​ noodles were presented very nicely. The bean sauce was very tasty and plentiful.

There are so many Brookline restaurants not sure if I'll revisit Wu Er anytime soon.

Thank MinnesotaAgnes
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

We were staying in Brookline (outskirts of Boston) and came across this Chinese barbecue restaurant. We were there on a Saturday evening and the place seemed to be popular with young people, many of whom appeared to be of Chinese origin. To me that is always a reassuring sight. We had lobster Sechuan style, noodles and skewered meats. All the food was ggod, though I would not recommend the Sechuan sauce as it over powered the lobster. The service friendly and helpful.

Thank indiancamp
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