r

RoyRon's Profile

Title Last Reply

Christmas Dinner Petit Robert

Many times on this board people ask about restaurants that are open on major holidays. Well, after checking out all the hotel restaurants for this year's Christmas Dinner we decided for the fourth year to go back to Petit Robert in Kenmore Sq. Each of the previous years were very good and we liked the fact that although they offered a special Christmas menu you could still order off their regular menu which was what we opted for. I stuck with the classics and ordered Onion Soup followed by Beef Bourguignon. My SO chose the Hearts of Romaine Salad and the Grilled Salmon with Ratatouille. Each of was very pleased with our choices. The portions were ample and the flavors and quality of each course was very, very good. We shared an order of the Tart Tatin for dessert topped off with a glass of Port and two espressos.

We were seated at a very nice table near the front window on the first floor. We like the ambiance of Petit Robert because it really does feel like a small bistro in France. The service was top notch and the prices are very reasonable.

I would recommend Petit Robert for any holiday dinner when the choices at many other restaurants around Boston are somewhat limited to over priced prixe fix menus.

Tadokoro, Fantastic experience

I reiterate what I wrote in my post. It was fantastic and the Toro and Uni were both superb. I also really enjoyed the Mirugai (Giant Clam/Gooeyduck) which is very hard to get here in Boston for some reason. The chef also told me that they prepare their own Ankimo (Monkfish liver pate aka Japanese Foi Gras). We also tried their Hamachi Kama and had it prepared Shio Yaki (Salt Broiled) It too was excellent. Tadokoro is not inexpensive but I would go back in a minute if I had the chance.

Dec 02, 2014
RoyRon in San Diego

new yorkers annual trip to san diego

I just came back from a week in S.D. and I'm a huge sushi fan. I absolutely loved Tadokoro if you want a traditional Japanese sushi spot. It's small and Japanese owned and I found it to be fantastic.

Dec 01, 2014
RoyRon in San Diego

Tadokoro, Fantastic experience

On a trip to your fair city about a week ago I was fortunate to have an opportunity to dine at Tadokoro in Old Town. I now live in Boston but I also lived in Japan for about 7 years and have been traveling there for over 25 years and I love Japanese food. After researching Tadokoro on line and reading some very favorable reviews I decided to try it because it sounded like the traditional style Japanese place that seem harder and harder to find these days. I am a traditionalist when it comes to Japanese food and Tadokoro met my expectations on every count. So many Japanese places in the US now days focus on what I call "designer rolls or fusion sushi". I know this type of sushi is very popular here in the states but it is not my taste.

Me and my two companions sat at the sushi bar and ordered everything ala carte (okonomi de). We also took some of the Itamai-san's recommendations for what the best offerings were that day. I have to say that if I lived in San Diego a substantial portion of my income would be spent at Tadokoro. The quality and variety of the fish, the presentations and the exquisite attention to detail made for a memorable dining experience. They even had Shirako (fish sperm) which I have never seen in the USA. Our dining experience at Tadokoro was so good that we made plans to return again one night later.

There are a number of Japanese restaurants in Boston but very few are Japanese owned and operated and most of them focus more on fusion sushi. San Diegoans (sp?) are very fortunate to have a place like Tadokoro. I just wish they would open a branch in Boston. My only other choice is spending a lot of money on airfare traveling to San Diego.

Dec 01, 2014
RoyRon in San Diego

Broasted Chicken Anywhere?

I lked Eri's too because fried chicken is a guilty pleasure for me but the two times I tried it I found it to be incredibly salty and I love salt. I wonder if they brine the chicken to keep it very moist but don't rinse the brine off before they cook it.

Dec 01, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Polar Seltzer Limited Winter Edition 2014

Hi O.C.

Have you tried the HINT brand at Whole Foods? They are not carbonated but they have a wide range of interesting fruit flavors that, IMHO, are unique because they taste exactly like real fruit. No artificial taste at all and they are totally sugar free. My favorites are the pear and the orange.

Dec 01, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

O Ya - guess we should have gone years ago (long...and sad...)

Amen and you are correct about SONO. Tom and his team do an excellent job as long as you stick to the traditional styles of sushi and sashimi. They offer the more creative "designer rolls" but that is not what I go there for. Put yourself in Tom's hands for a wonderful Omakase. You will be happy and it won't cost $150 per person.

Nov 18, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in the Boston area for "Best of 2014."

SONO Asian Cuisine Arlington, MA www.sonoasian.com

Very good Japanese restaurant that focuses on serving high quality sushi and sashimi. SONO also has the best Hamachi Kama in Boston.

Nov 18, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area
1

O Ya - guess we should have gone years ago (long...and sad...)

This is indeed a very sad review. I went to O-Ya numerous times soon after it opened and although it was expensive each time was a memorable dining experience. I even had one European friend tell me that it was the most memorable meal he had ever had. It would really be a shame if O-Ya has started to slip. Although it is not a "traditional" Japanese restaurant the quality of the ingredients was always very high and the combinations were always unique and delicious. It would really be a shame if Boston lost a restaurant like O-Ya because they couldn't maintain the quality and consistency they have been known for.

Nov 18, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

best bolognese in boston area?

I won't claim its the best but I like Davio's version quite a bit

Nov 13, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Liquid Art House

I just read your review and am in complete agreement. We've been back several times since our first visit shortly after they opened and have not been disappointed. No argument that the prices are high at LAH but we've found that overall the restaurant delivers what one would expect at those price points.

Nov 12, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Sakura Bana

I remember Tatsukichi more for the Japanese style karoke club they had on the second floor and Gyuhama for their Rock & Roll Sushi which they used to start at around 11:00PM on Fri and Sat. nights. The waitresses would change into mini skirts and they would play MTV music videos. The oldest place I remember in Fresh Pond was Little Osaka which was in an old house.

Nov 11, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Sono Asian Cuisine, Arlington. Continues to improve

Many Japanese restaurants will do what is now commonly called an "omakase course" Omakase means, "its up to you" or in other words the chef chooses what he will serve and usually this includes what is best on that particular day. In some high-end places you can specify an amount you want to spend and that will determine how many courses they serve and what types of fish. It is a great way to really experience a wide range of sushi or sashimi and you may find things that you would have never tried otherwise

Nov 07, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary Dinner North of Boston

L'Andana in Burlington is very nice but a bit expensive or Davio's in the Marketplace Mall in Lynnfield would be nice too

Nov 04, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Christmas Dinner 2014 reservations

My wife and I have had Christmas dinner at Petit Robert on Commonwealth Ave for the past 2 years. Both times were very good. They offered a very nice menu that covered a range of meat, seafood and a couple of vegetarian dishes. You could certainly get away with less than $500 as long as you didn't get overly creative with the choice of wines. It is a nice room but if you decide to try it I would suggest that you specify that you want a table on the main floor, not the lower level.

Oct 15, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Sono Asian Cuisine, Arlington. Continues to improve

Like you I consider myself a traditionalist when it comes to sushi and Japanese food in general. I lived in Japan for 7 years and have been traveling there on a rather regular basis for over 25 years. I also speak Japanese and have had the good fortune of having dined at some of the top sushi bars in Japan. I do agree with you that at times the presentations at SONO are over-the-top and not "traditional" but I also agree that they trying very hard to deliver high quality fish. I never order any of the fancy makis and stick with sashimi, nigiri sushi and temakis and I think they have the best Hamachi Kama in Boston. I have not been disappointed. I am a very big fan of Junji and was very sad when he relocated to Marblehead but I have made the 45 minute trek at least 5 times now to enjoy his sushi. I have never been a huge fan of Toraya although I do enjoy the overall atmosphere of the place because it makes me feel like I am back in a neighborhood izakaya in Tokyo. What I don't like about it is that because it is small and usually crowded it is not possible to order sushi one or two pieces at a time (okonomi-de). In my opinion the quality of the fish at Toraya is no better than what I have had at SONO but I do like a few of the other menu offerings at Toraya including the Chirashi sushi, Age Dashi Tofu and the Beef Tongue.

Oct 14, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Fugakyu Sudbury Appalling

I share your opinion when it comes to sushi. I am a traditionalist when it comes to Japanese restaurants and suhi in particular. The quality of the fish being served is paramount to anything else. I also don't care for "designer rolls" with things inside you would never find it Japan. After having lived in Japan for 7 years and been traveling there for over 25 years I have yet to see any sushi bar serving maki rolls that include cream cheese and salmon or anything that has been deep fried (aka Spider Rolls)
Thanks for the tips on the two places you mentioned. I will definitely give them a try. By the way, Irshai means "welcome" in Japanesed.

Oct 14, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary spot?

Although it is not what I would call a "special occasion place I really like SONO Asian Cuisine in Arlington for very good Japanese food. Tom, the manager does a great job serving excellent sushi and sashimi and IMHO the best Hamachi Kama in all of Boston. They also do many of the standard Japanese dishes you will find almost everywhere but I usually stick with the sushi/sashimi offering and the Hamachi Kama. On Thurs, Fri and Sat they usually have a couple of specials. This past weekend it was baby Sea Bream and Flying Fish. I tried both and found them very, very good. They will do all the "designer rolls" too but I stick with the more traditional styles.

Oct 13, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Fugakyu Sudbury Appalling

Don't know how convenient it would be for you but I would highly recommend SONO Asian Cuisine in Arlington. It is now my "go-to-place" for Japanese food. Excellent sushi and sashimi offering.

Oct 13, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Matsutake Mushrooms in Boston area???

I found two or three suppliers on-line that will ship them to you for about $35.00 per pound. The sources are in Oregon or Washington. I know from living in Japan that the prices in Tokyo are astronomical and Japan imports a lot of them from the US and Korea.

Oct 12, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Anniversary spot?

For a special occasion like a 10th anniversary I would suggest any of the following:

Liquid Art House on Arlington
Bar Baloud in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Bistro du Midi on Boylston

And if money is no object, O-Ya for excellent Japanese.

Oct 12, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Nazca Cafe Restaurant in Chelsea or another resto option in Peabody - FRI 10/10

It might be a bit out of your way but for excellent Spanish food you might consider Pintxo Pincho in Woburn center. They serve a wide variety of tapas as well as paella.

Oct 05, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Something reasonable at the intersection of 93 and 128

Felicia's always has 3 or 4 daily specials, some of which can be very good. I like their version of Lobster Mac & Cheese when its a special and recently they had a twin lobster special that was very reasonable. On Thursdays they also offer Tripe ala Marinara which is rather hard to find and quite good.

Sep 30, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

need seafood

You might consider Row 34. Great craft beer selection and excellent sea food. They also take reservations but you will need to make them ASAP because this place is very, very popular. Row 34 is owned by the same team that owns ICOB and Eastern Standard Kitchen. The restaurant is located in the Seaport District.

Sep 26, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Bar Boulud

I have to agree on the Ravioli. My SO thought they were good but certainly not nearly as good as my Sole. The real highlight for me and the dish I would go back for was the Shrimp al Ajillo. It was outstanding.

Sep 25, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Northeastern Parents weekend restaurant suggestions please

I would suggest Eastern Standard Kitchen in Kenmore Sq. Average prices with a nice variety of menu items. You also might consider some of the places in the Seaport District (Legal Seafoods, etc) or something in the North End where there are many, many good to really great Italian restaurants.

Sep 25, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Bar Boulud

Yes. They are a side order of Mushroom Fricasse. It was mixture of several different types of wild mushrooms simply sauteed with butter and a bit of garlic. Very nice accompaniment to our dinner.

Sep 25, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

visiting Boston after 8 years!

In the North End for seafood try Neptune Oyster on Salem St. Very small place, no reservations so best to go at lunch or very early (4:00PM) dinner. If it is busy they will take your cell phone number and call you so it gives you time to stroll around the neighborhood. They are well known for their raw bar selections, fried clams and lobster rolls (hot & Cold versions). For upscale Italian in the N.E. try Prezza. People also like Scampo in the Liberty Hotel which is run by Lydia Shire. Some of the new spots that might not have been here 8 years ago are Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Sq (Make reservations early)for great seafood and nice atmosphere. Another choice near the Seaport District is Row 34 for very good seafood and oysters. For something on the romantic side you might like Bistro du Midi which overlooks the Public Garden on Boylston St. A couple of other very new places are Liquid Art House on Arlington and probably the newest restaurant in town Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Sep 24, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area

Bar Boulud

I was anticipating the opening of Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel so last night my SO and I took one for the CH team and tried it.

The room, in the space formerly occupied by Asana, has been completely restyled and has a much more casual feel to it than Asana. The walls are covered with pieces from wooden wine boxes showing the names of all the famous wine growing regions and chateaus in France. The ceiling has large wooden arches which gave me the feeling that you were on the inside of a large wine cellar. Overall it is a pleasant dining environment. The restaurant was about 90% full last night and the noise level was quite high but about what you would expect in a busy place.

The service was very good and we recognized several of the staff who had previously worked at Asana. The waitstaff were all very professional and knowledgeable about each of dish on the menu.

I started with a very well mixed Rye Manhattan that at $17.00 was expensive but at the same time a very generous pour. For starters I had the Shrimp al Ajillo $17 (sauteed ruby red shrimp, lemon, garlic) and my SO had the Caesar Salad Provencal $15 (baby gem lettuce, shaved Parmesan, sourdough crouton herb anchovy vinaigrette. Both these dishes were very good but the Shrimp al Ajillo was excellent.

We followed with Aubergine Ravioli $25(charred eggplant, sheep’s milk ricotta green olive, confit tomato)and Lemon Sole Meunière $31 (cauliflower, lemon, capers, marcona. Both dishes were spot on but my Sole was one of the better seafood offerings I've had recently.

For dessert I chose Gâteau Basque $9 (traditional basque custard cake,brandied cherries, vanilla anglaise) This was a very light custard cake that was a perfect ending to a great meal.

I think Bar Boulud is another great addition to the Boston dining scene. We were very happy with our first meal at Bar Boulud and will certainly be back.

Fred's Franks- New home in Medford- NOW OPEN !!!

Congratulations Carl! All fans of your great dogs, sausages and of the Snurble will be looking forward to seeing you again.

Sep 23, 2014
RoyRon in Greater Boston Area