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Octopus dishes

I tried this tonight and found it delicious. I'd recommend it.

about 6 hours ago
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Best restaurants under $30 for App and Entree?

East by Northeast has what they semi-jokingly call "power hour" between 5 and 7. $25 gets you app + bun (as in bao) + entree. It's "Asian" though so your mileage may vary - a bit nicer than most.

ExNE's main menu has gone "noodle heavy" - all entrees contain rice noodles, egg noodles, or rice cakes. I tried the ramen this past wk and it was a wee bit flat. Gone is the monkfish liver flavoring from their Wed night ramen specials, which made it quite special, whether you liked it or not. Now it's plain miso flavor. My friend had the mapo tofu with rice cakes which he enjoyed a lot. Hope to return soon though to try that and the other noodles.

Dec 21, 2014
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Octopus dishes

I tried this during summer a while back. Really good indeed.

Dec 15, 2014
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Octopus dishes

What are some of your favorite octopus dishes around the area? Raw, cooked, anything goes.

Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

I agree. As apologies go, it was refreshingly devoid of the "I am sorry if anyone was offended" BS.

Dec 10, 2014
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December 2014 Openings and Closings

Thanks. Re: actual chef, weird, I thought the selling pt was that it was a "Korean fusion" thing created by one (or two? I forget) non-Korean chef who had done good stuff elsewhere.

Dec 10, 2014
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December 2014 Openings and Closings

May I ask what dishes you tried?

Dec 10, 2014
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Is it just me, or is this really utterly ridiculous?

Good PR move, but it doesn't do anything to address the initial problem or make things right or something along those lines. Just something they're doing to say "we're not all a-holes here at HBS".

Dec 10, 2014
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Cilantro, new Chinese near Harvard Square

Sounds like a nice addition. Wonder if they have gan guo fish? Will check this out soon.

Dec 07, 2014
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Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Pic of the menu.

Dec 06, 2014
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December 2014 Openings and Closings

I hope the food is good, but that name makes me wince. If it's a playful misspelling of koi, then it's an ill-fitting name for a Korean-Fusion restaurant, since koi is a Japanese word. It's like opening a Japanese restaurant and calling it Myeolchi. Unless Koy stands for something? Korean Of... Y-something. Korean-Origin Yelp-fodder?

Dec 04, 2014
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Lunch options in Harvard Square

Two weeks ago I would have suggested the shoyu ramen at Osushi / O Sushi. (Even their own website can't decide which spelling is correct.) I'd eaten it 5-6 times previously and enjoyed it each time. But on a recent visit, the broth was awful - it was like a good beef broth that was completely inappropriate for ramen. Might be a one-off. So I'd put that in the proceed-with-caution column.

Dumpling House on Mass Ave is walkable. There's at least one long thread on here about it. Things I've enjoyed: XLB with pork and crabmeat, rice cake with pork and mustard greens, salt and pepper tofu, northern style cold noodles, steamed bacon with garlic. Things I've not enjoyed: potato pancake (greasy), salt and pepper wings (not much flavor).

Nov 11, 2014
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November 2014 Openings and Closings

Hours until and including 11/14 fri are 3pm-7pm.

Nov 11, 2014
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Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Re: the Rod Dee noodles, they call it boat noodles. (I asked for river noodles and they were confused for a minute.) Very good stuff.

Nov 07, 2014
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Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe has opened in Woburn today!

Anyone know if they're serving this new soup at the Chinatown branch?

Nov 04, 2014
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Bagelsaurus - new Cambridge location.

Is there seating inside the shop?

Oct 28, 2014
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In search of Singapore noodles

Is this NBW place the one near the Chinatown metro, and is in the below-street level? It was our go-to place when relatives lived in DC. Never tried the Good Dale but did have the s&p squid which was excellent. For us the restaurant struck a nice balance of dishes: both a Chinese-food loving dad and a picky American kid could get something enjoyable.

Oct 27, 2014
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November 2014 Openings and Closings

My favorite (?) Harvard Darwin's memory is when a customer spilled his cup of iced coffee on the floor. He looked horrified and started to get some tissues to mop up, but the cashier told him in annoyed tone to leave it alone and go. Which is ok. But then he left, and moments later, while mopping up, she loudly complained to her co-worker that the stupid guy just walked away and didn't even bother to try and clean up his mess. Damned if you do, etc.

Hot Eastern in Chinatown

Oh wow this looks good. It's tempting me to rejigger my day so I can go out there for lunch.

Oct 24, 2014
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Shabu & Mein

I went a few weeks ago for the tonkotsu ramen. It was ok - decent broth, noodles, chashu… Nothing struck me enough as memorable, but if I'm shopping in the Galleria and need a quick meal, I'd go back. The portion was v generous though: it was a LOT of ramen. So there's that. Also, the gyoza was dry - not recommended.

Oct 13, 2014
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October 2014 Openings and Closings

Kung Fu Tea opens in Davis Sq this weekend according to Eater Boston. KFT's FB page says buy 1 get 1 free, 10/3-10/5, for select drinks.

Oct 02, 2014
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WooRi Korean Fusion Grill Arlington

Thanks, I'll check this out soon. I'll miss Manna House - I must have said this many times, but their spicy pork bulgogi was the best I've had in this area. Re: lack of banchan, I've known Koreans who refuse to go to Korean restaurants that don't provide a decent array; myself I'm not so puritanical.

Oct 01, 2014
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Where to go in East Cambridge....? Slim Pickings?

In addition to previous comments…
- Atwood's Tavern is more than a couple of blocks away from Lechmere station, but I'd consider that a good burger-and-pint place. (On second look, mkfisher has mentioned this spot.)
- Muqueca is a favorite. Bahian seafood stews, and steaks too. Lot closer to Inman Sq than Lechmere sta, though.
- Shabu & Mein is a recent shabu-shabu / ramen place across the st from Helmand, minutes from Galleria. Only eaten there once and thought the regular tonkotsu was ok, not great, however the portion was very filling. They also have wings that looked good.

Sep 26, 2014
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August 2014 Openings and Closings

Manna House in Arlington has closed, according to the Facebook page run by the owner family. Sad to hear - their spicy pork bulgogi was the best I'd had around the Boston area.

Aug 16, 2014
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August 2014 Openings and Closings

Ordered on the phone around 5pm, was told it'd be 45min, got the food in 20min. Midsized order. Not so helpful a data point I suppose given that few people eat dinner at 5:20pm. But if you barely had lunch and want a very early dinner, then all seems good to go.

Aug 13, 2014
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August 2014 Openings and Closings

I couldn't wait so I just placed an order. it's around 5pm now (i thought around now they would not be so swamped) and I was quoted a 45min wait. will see what happens.

Aug 13, 2014
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Dishes for Bell's palsy sufferer

Thank you for your answers and thoughts. He's optimistic that he'll recover.

Aug 03, 2014
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Dishes for Bell's palsy sufferer

Slightly offbeat question about a friend seeking dining-out food during a medical situation. Hope it doesn't violate any guidelines.

Friend has developed Bell's palsy, and the right side of his face has slight paralysis, causing problems eating. He says he can open his mouth somewhat and can chew, but because the skin/muscles around his mouth & lips are limited right now, eating solid stuff has proven a hassle - he basically ends up with chewed food collecting inside his lower right lip. (Sorry for that image.)

After the requisite blend-everything-then-use-straw joke and much mirth, we thought we could ask here: What Boston-area dish would he be able to go out and enjoy until he heals? I'm thinking something that doesn't require much chewing or not at all, and doesn't require one to open the mouth very big. But you might be able to come up with other possibilities. Perhaps small morsels - any particular appetizers you'd think fits the bill? Soup could be ok but he doesn't want to go out to just have soup; he thinks they're not filling enough. Not sure about soup noodles.

Aug 01, 2014
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Suggestions for cold, asian style, noodles?

I also had it again this past week and yes I too found chopped peanuts, not sesame seeds. For interested folks, here's a photo of it.

Jul 11, 2014
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Got a craving for Ramen

For a list, google "your official boston ramen calendar". The first result from Boston Magazine is a pretty comprehensive list.

Not on the list is a recent openng near Galleria called Shabu and Mein. I haven't been there but I think they serve a few diff kinds of ramen.

Jul 04, 2014
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