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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

You mean tokotsu broths, not tonkatsu broths. /nitpick

I was at Strip T's for ramen last night, and the server who took my order took pains to find out if I knew the difference and to point out that I wasn't getting breaded fried pork in my ramen. A little odd. Good ramen though.

Apr 08, 2015
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Go To Thai?

Rod Dee (Porter Sq) last week had a special I hadn't seen before: Crying Tiger, a dish of flank steak with rice on the side. Tender if very light flavor on the meat itself. I ended up applying plenty of the condiments.

Apr 04, 2015
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Anybody been to the newly opened Santouka Ramen in Harvard Square yet?

I've been going once a week for the past 5-6 weeks - I can enjoy a quick bowl of shio ramen before taking my bus from Harvard for my weekly pickup volleyball session. One thing I've noticed is that the service seems to be getting almost... too efficient. This was great when I was in a hurry - everything is super-fast. Not as pleasant when it's 5pm, there's plenty of open seats, yet they're still hovering like vultures, seemingly trying to get you to eat + run. I'm not suggesting a ramen joint should feel like a good place to eat a meal at a relaxed pace then hang around at with your feet up. But depending on your schedule and mood, you might feel a wee bit rushed outta there.

Apr 04, 2015
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New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

Bumping this to ask: Anyone know if Strip T's serves the ramen specials during lunch as well as dinner?

Update: Got the answer from their FB account: "We only have ramen at dinner starting at 5pm"

Apr 02, 2015
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Where You Go as Opposed to Where you are Supposed to Go?

A cold-weather favorite for me too, except I get mine with seafood.

Feb 23, 2015
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Korean in Davis Square?

Soft or not, a bowl of yukgaejang for $22 (!) is tough to swallow. Hope they'll rethink prices too.

Jan 26, 2015
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Korean in Davis Square?

Hope they'll put them on the regular menu. Right now I see photos of tteokguk and pajeon and such, so it feels like they're leaning towards regular Korean. I'd love to be able to have good budae jjigae, soondae and tteokbokki at a nearby place.

Jan 26, 2015
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Korean in Davis Square?

A Korean friend says he went in last night then walked out - he found it overpriced and there was no bunsik as originally rumored. I still plan to go & see it for what it is, but the lack of bunsik is disappointing news.

Jan 25, 2015
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Gracie's Somerville

I picked up some for a dinner party a few weeks ago. The flavor with raspberry bits was a big hit with kids, and the parents enjoyed the cold-brew coffee flavor - one of the better coffee-flavored ice cream I've had. Seconding the chocolate fluff as well.

Service is hit-or-miss. On one occasion, the server guy was asked by another customer what "cold-brew coffee" was. He went on and on like: "you don't know what cold-brew coffee is?" *incredulous stare at customer* "you've never had cold-brew coffee?" *open-mouthed bepuzzlement* etc. Dude, she asked because she doesn't know, just answer the goshdarn question without being a douchebag.

Jan 17, 2015
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Places like Doo Wee & Rice 2014/2015

Great news. Still miss trekking over to the Somerville location for the marinated beef noodles and chicken hearts. Pls be sure to announce here when you're up and running.

Jan 16, 2015
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Mulan take out: need recommendations

For reference, Zoe's closed on Sep. 9 and reopened Aug. 12 the following year.

Jan 15, 2015
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Porter Exchange 2015

Pretty much the same for me too. Sometimes I need to scratch the itch for tonkatsu curry or ramen+chahan. ChoCho's bibimbap is decent if you haven't tried that.

Jan 04, 2015
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January 2015 Openings and Closings

Nice name. Meju = fermented soybeans. Giant pungent bricks of them.

Jan 02, 2015
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Ribelle tonight- Best dishes

I asked about good octopus dishes, and one reply was "Ribelles' octopus with rigatoni, fennel and smoked tomato. Yum." Followed by "I second Ribelles octopus. This was one of the best octopus dishes I have had. It was the first time I ate it and it was tender and flavorful and just delicious."

Enjoy your dinner. My family and I are going there later this week and looking fwd to it.

Dec 29, 2014
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Octopus dishes

We just had lunch at Kaju today. The seafood pajeon also has a good amount of large chunks of octopus. Pajeon itself is thicker than I prefer but pretty good overall.

Dec 29, 2014
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Octopus dishes

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

Dec 28, 2014
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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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