Sweet Ginger Serves Tasty Thai in Union Square

With just a tiny storefront in Union Square, Sweet Ginger Thai Cuisine might not look like much from the outside. But it’s what’s happening on the inside that counts. This small thai restaurant at 22 Bow St. is serving up some very delicious food and friendly service.

I absolutely love fresh spring rolls, especially those made with shrimp, basil leaves and a peanut-y sauce. Sweet Ginger’s have the trifecta, making them the perfect start to a meal at the restaurant. There are also crispy fried rolls, tempura, dumplings and edamame on the menu to whet your appetite.


The Sweet Ginger menu is sizable with lots of options for vegetarians and vegans and meat eaters alike. Many of the menu items let you chose your protein (beef/chicken/pork/tofu/shrimp/scallops/duck) and carb (white rice/brown rice/sticky rice/steamed noodles), which is a really nice touch.

Everything I’ve ordered at Sweet Ginger has been full of bright, perfectly cooked vegetables–a huge bonus in my book. The curries are one of my favorite menu items–I recently had the green and it was delicious with tofu. The stir-fried basil with shrimp is excellent as is the eggplant magic. All of the dishes I’ve sampled at Sweet Ginger have just enough spice to build nicely throughout the meal without making you sweat. But nothing I’ve tried there has actually been really spicy, so don’t be afraid to go for the hotter items.


I usually order a crisp beer to wash down the meal, but if wine is more your thing Sweet Ginger offers a nice selection that complements the flavors they serve well. The restaurant also has an extensive boba tea menu.

Sweet Ginger isn’t fancy, but it serves great food and has friendly, prompt service, which is what really counts when dining out.

Photos of Crispy Chicken Basil, Mango Curry and Seaweed Rolls courtesy of Alex Zucker for the Somerville Arts Council’s Nibble blog.

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