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best place to buy bread for sandwiches?

Clear Flour Bread in Brookline is amazing. The breads are excellent quality and includes a large variety e.g. German rye, sourdough, 7 seeds and heavier German breads. Beware, the line of a Saturday morning is huge - but well worth the wait.

Sep 09, 2011
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Liberty Hotel

I have had appetizers at Clink once, and found the service and food was very good.

Thankfully, we had made reservations, as it was a Friday night, and very busy. We ordered about 5 appetizers to share between the 2 of us, and a couple of bottles of sparkling wine and we were all set. All the appetizers were delicious.

From what I could see the mains looked pretty amazing also. Definitely worth a try!

Jun 23, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Good Coffee?

I was also shocked at the number of chain "coffee" stores there were when I first moved there.

"Athan's" is pretty good for coffee/greek pastries/ panini and it is on Beacon st at Washington Square. It has a nice indoor seating area, and is open late.

Also, I can't, for the life of me think of the name of the place. It is located on Beacon St, across the road from the Japoinaise bakery, a couple of doors down from Taberna De Haro (spanish restaurant) on Beacon St, at St Mary's st T stop. It is a relatively new place, but is good for a simple pastry/bread and a coffee on a weekend.

Good luck!

Jun 23, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Restaurant Week(s): March, 2008. Where are YOU going?

A group of 4 went to Petit Robert at Kenmore last night and it was excellent. The service was outstanding and the menu was great also. We had the Hearts of Palm salad and smoked salmon for appetizers. Entrees were Swordfish steak (which was okay), panko crusted pork loin with mashed potato and carrots (outstanding) and beef bourgounoin (don't think I spelt that right, but it was a red wine stew of beef), which was also delcious. Dessert was a chocolate mousse or il flotante.

I would definitely recommend going here for RW.

Has anyone gone to Mare for RW? Planning to go to Mare and Rialto for dinner next week.

Mar 14, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Brookline Sushi

Tsunami is good for sushi, though I have heard (have not tried it myself) the sashimi is not so fresh. You should also try their seaweed salad - yum!

Feb 06, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

The search for Puff Pastry...

Thanks for the suggestions.
I ended up getting the Dufour brand from Whole Foods. It is a nice puff pastry - but not enough in the package!!!

Jan 29, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

China Pearl Boston Dim sum - empty today-meh

A group of 6 of us were at China Pearl today also. We arrived around 1130am and were surprised that there was no line. This was my first time here - and I was a little disappointed. I agree, many of the dishes were cold and not up to standard.

Jan 27, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

The search for Puff Pastry...

Hi,
Can anyone direct me to a place that would sell puff pastry? The puff pastry sold at Shaws and Stop and shop is already cut into small pieces and/or is slightly sweetened, however, I am after larger squares in order to make a large family pie.

I am close in Brookline, and can only really travel by the T or the bus.
Thanks!

Jan 25, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

My favorite chocolate dessert in beantown...

Athan's is at Washington Square
http://www.athansbakery.com/cafe.html - you can take the green line (C) to Washington Square, parking can be a little difficult around there.

It is pretty good for a weekend coffee, and their baklava is pretty good too!

Jan 22, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

New to Boston.

An indian friend of mine rates the food at Gourmet India at Coolidge Corner. I am not sure of Indian sweets places though.

Jan 22, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

New Shabu-Shabu Place in Allston

I went to Shabu Zen last night. It is quite a big place, however, the service is pretty bad. We were a group of 4, arriving about 8pm. They told us it would be about a 5-10 minute wait, however it took about 30 minutes to get a table. The food was really good. For appetizers we had a serve of the seafood gyoza and pork gyoza. Entree was a lamb plate, beef plate, seafood plate and vegetables. We had an original broth and a Chinese spicy broth. The Lychee fruit frozen drink was delicious.
Our waiter got the broth wrong initially, then forgot our drinks. The appetizers came out after the meat plates also.
I would say that this place has lost the atmosphere that the Shabu Zen in Chinatown has, however, it could have just been a bad night. If you are in the area - I would recommend you give it a try. For 4 of us, the bill came to about $66 without a tip.

Jan 22, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Peking Duck?

I have also had Peking duck in Beijing - yet have never had it with this type of "container bread" - but obviously I haven't had it enough! I can only judge from places such as Sydney, Australia and Hong Kong. Thanks for letting me know though!

Jan 21, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Peking Duck?

I guess I will be making a visit to King Fung Garden (wrapped in warm clothes!) very soon. Can't wait, thanks for the meal suggestions!

Jan 20, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Zon's, and a huge Michael's sandwich

Finally tried the "Reuben" at Mike's the other day also. It was a massive sandwich with loads of corned beef, mayonnaise, cabbage and flavour on a dark rye! All I can say, was that it was delicious!! The pickle on the side was awesome too.

Jan 19, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Peking Duck?

I had Peking duck at Chau Chow last night and was disappointed. While the duck itself was crispy and flavoursome, I was disappointed when they brought the "pancakes" out. I am not sure what the custom here is, but I am used to really thin, moist pancakes which are steamed. Instead, I got the fluffy bread (reminiscent of char siu bao) which detracted from the overall taste of the duck, sauce and spring onion.

Additionally, there was only a single course. I have found that when I have had Peking duck in the past, that the second course would either be the duck meat with fried handmade noodles, or sang choy bao. No such luck this time!!

Can anyone recommend somewhere else in Chinatown that would have more authentic Peking duck?

Jan 19, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Hainan Chicken

Penang is still in Chinatown. I had the Hainan chicken a little over a month ago, and I think it is pretty good. The chicken was perhaps a little too oily and fatty, however it was tasty and tender. The rice was really flavoursome.

Jan 19, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Clear Flour Golden Fruit Tea Bread

Clear flour has awesome breads. If you get a chance you should try their olive and rosemary bread or rolls. They are tasty, soft and delicous! I could definitely finish a full loaf of most of their breads in one sitting!!

Jan 15, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Spanish Tapas accessible to the T?

Mmm my mouth is watering. Definitely going to try these dishes...

Jan 15, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

what is the best falafel in Boston?

You should definitely do the falafel with hommous at Rami's at Coolidge Corner. It is really good!

Jan 11, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Spanish Tapas accessible to the T?

I am in search of good Spanish Tapas which is preferably light-moderate on the hip pocket and accessible withouth having to have a car.

I have been to Tapeo on Newbury St, and I thought the food was okay - but terribly over-priced for what it was.

Does anyone have any suggestions on where to go please?

Jan 11, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Winsor Dim Sum Cafe: a contender!

Har gau is a great test of a place I think. This place sounds really good. Can't wait to try it out. Thanks!

Jan 11, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Super 88 food court (Allston) picks

Pho Viet's Pho is really good. I haven't really had Pho that much in Boston - was recommended Pho Lemongrass at Coolidge corner, but I don't think it is that great compared to Pho Viet.

Jan 07, 2008
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Chinese Bakeries?

Buchi - mmm always lookin for good ones.

This is the problem talking food...hunger always takes over :)! ...not saying that is a huge problem though!!

Dec 31, 2007
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Chinese Bakeries?

I tried the dim sum at Gitlo's and I agree - it is really delicious. I will definitely be back there!

Dec 31, 2007
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Chinese Bakeries?

I have only heard good things about China Pearl's dim sum - and now...the pineapple buns! Mmm, it is next on my list. Thanks

Dec 30, 2007
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Raising the Dim Sum Bar - Gitlo's in Brighton

That is true. The place is not well signposted. I walked past it twice, then only noticed it because it had photos of the food in the window.
The sign is really high up on the roof and not that big as well.

Dec 30, 2007
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Chinese Bakeries?

I went to Ho Yuen Bakery today - and the pastries were really good - thanks. Also, I stopped in at the Maxim's coffee house on the corner of Beach st, which was incidentally quite full. Their Char siu bao (red pork buns) were actually quite good - though the filling was a little bit too sweet - the bread encasing was very light and fluffy nonetheless.
Also, I tried a pineapple bun from them too - pretty good!!

Dec 30, 2007
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Raising the Dim Sum Bar - Gitlo's in Brighton

I agree with everyone - this place is a little gem!
I went tonight to order some take-away and it was empty. The place is very small and the interior is very brightly lit, very casual, with few decorations.
I ordered the infamous Rainbow noodles with chicken and a "chinese BBQ sauce", which Gitlo described as satay - but on further questioning, it did not include peanuts. The noodles were a perfect consistency and texture and the seasoning was only very slightly spicy with a coating of allspice. It was a nice blend of noodles, chicken, mushrooms, julienne carrots and green peppers.
Additionally, I had the Cantonese dumplings which are steamed and then lightly pan-fried to obtain a crispy skin. They are very tasty.
Lastly, I ordered the Crispy Daikon Cake, which I must say was amazing. Tasty, yet not overdone!
Gitlo was very friendly, and willing to deliver in the local area. I really hope this place gets busier - they deserve to do well! ...even though I really want to keep this little secret to myself :)

Dec 30, 2007
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Chinese Bakeries?

Thanks for the recommendations!
I can't wait to try them :)

Dec 30, 2007
nleow in Greater Boston Area

Billy Kwong rest. in sydney

It really depends on what you are looking for. The restaurant and atmosphere is very cosy and intimate, which means that the tables are small and quite closely packed together. I have been a couple of times, and once saw Kylie there (for about 5 minutes). We arrived just before 6pm both times to find a queue outside already.

The food is okay. I wouldn't necessarily call it authentic Chinese food - I would say that is either Chinese "fusion" - whatever that means...or Modern Australian-Chinese. It is a little pricey for Chinese food, but you are paying for the location and name also.

Dec 28, 2007
nleow in Australia/New Zealand