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Seoul Kitchen in Westford-Anyone Been?

If memory serves, Westford Grille was the first restaurant in that space. It was replaced by an Italian-American place, Mangia Mangia, I think, that lasted only a few years. We've been to SK several times. I'm not a Korean aficionado, but the food was OK, though I agree that the sushi was probably the best thing I've had off the menu.

What's new in the Berkshires?

After getting wonderful recommendations we ended up having most of our meals at old standbys. We did have dinner at District in Pittsfield. Friendly service (which is important to me). I really enjoyed the Public salad & loved the spicy shrimp tacos, even if they weren't that spicy. Sorry, can't remember what others had but everyone went home happy. We had two meals at Pho Saigon--my husband likes it a lot & it's good enough for me. We had a special meal at Rouge in W. Stockbridge, which never disappoints. Pumpkin seeds were a simple addition that elevated the field greens salad beyond the everyday. Ahi tuna coated with sesame seeds was delicious. My husband really liked the roasted lemon chicken & especially the crispy polenta.

What's new in the Berkshires?

Had lunch at Public in N. Adams, sister restaurant to District, last week. Very pleasant service. Chopped salad wasn't chopped & if there was any dressing, I couldn't taste it. Ingredients were very fresh, though. Fish & chips was really large & my son's report: everything was delicious. Same report from my daughter on the mussels. My chicken salad tasted fine but the consistency was a little confusing: the chicken was so finely chopped I couldn't stop my taste buds from expecting tuna with each bite.

What's new in the Berkshires?

Thanks so much, Berheenia! We went to the Farmers Market this afternoon. Selection at Starving Artist's cart was limited so we walked to the store. No line, fine service, delicious as always. One morning this past week we tried making a reservation at Chez Nous, then at Alta, for that night but both only had a 5:00 opening. Too early for us, & we learned our lesson. We ended up at Table 6 at the Kemble Inn in Lenox. The website says they offer both a $55 prix fixe menu & small plates. When we got there we were told it was one or the other: either everyone at the table ordered small plates or everyone ordered the prix fixe. We were surprised but didn't push it & opted for the prix fixe. The menu was on the small side but the food was really good. Salads were as described, & we all ordered the salmon entree, which were cooked as ordered & delicious--the garbanzo bean puree & spinach made for a nice contrast of flavors & textures. Desserts (we tried them all) were great too. The service, on the other hand, wasn't as professional & smooth as you'd expect from a restaurant with pretensions like this one.

What's new in the Berkshires?

Thanks, Lenox637, for all the details. Eat on North sounds really interesting & worth a try. I'll try to remember to report back.

What's new in the Berkshires?

Thanks so much, nfnebwiri! We haven't been to any of these recommendations. Great to have new places to try.

What's new in the Berkshires?

Thanks! We're fine with not much meat. It'll definitely be on our list for this trip.

What's new in the Berkshires?

I've wanted to try Elizabeth's for a while but for some reason haven't. I've read here & on other sites that it's great. What do you think?

What's new in the Berkshires?

We'll be staying in Lee next month for a couple of weeks, as we do every year. Any new restaurants worth trying or any older ones we should stay away from, especially in Lee, Lenox & Pittsfield? For upscale meals we usually go to & enjoy Alta & Chez Nous. What we have a hard time finding are more moderately priced restaurants that are worth going back to. We used to like Bombay but not as much in the last couple of years. Alpamayo didn't impress us last year. Pho Saigon was OK, though the service is often quirky.

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

1270 Westford Street, Lowell, just over the Chelmsford line, north of the Drum Hill Rd/Rte. 3 intersection. Drum Hill Rd. in Chelmsford become Westford St. in Lowell.
www.pho88online.net/

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

I originally brought up Szechuan Chef in this thread a few months ago. Recently we had a rather bizarre experience there. My dinner-mate ordered his meal first; when I ordered mine, the waiter (who was also the host) told me that the entree I'd ordered (which I don't remember now) didn't go well with the rest of our meal & suggested that I order lo mein instead. I've had their lo mein many times, & it's fine, & I'm a wimp, so I acquiesced. He left & I was left shaking my head. I can understand a waiter suggesting something special, or even something more adventurous. But lo mein? I know it's my own fault for not standing my ground & getting what I wanted, but really, lo mein?!? And what I've read above gives me another reason to not go back--I dislike restaurants that have menus available only to those in the know. Inappropriate & off-putting customer service all around.

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

I'd add Szechuan Chef in N. Chelmsford to the better-than-Bamboo category. Not in the same class as Sichuan Gourmet but they're always friendly & efficient, & the scallion pancakes are really good (OK, sometimes I revert back to the Chinese food of my youth).

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

Sorry, I don't think Bamboo is excellent, & definitely not romantic. When they opened several years ago they tried for service that was better than the average Asian place. Didn't last long. Now it's rushed & impersonal & the food is pretty much run of the mill.

Why does the Acton/Concord area have NO GOOD RESTAURANTS?

80 Thoreau in Concord is wonderful & definitely a date night place.
http://www.80thoreau.com/
Search CH & you'll find plenty of raves.

Dinner for 20 in Livingston NJ or nearby

Thanks so much, Scarlet Knight. I'll look into those.

Anyone else have a recommendation?

Sep 27, 2011
graciesquare in New Jersey

Dinner for 20 in Livingston NJ or nearby

Looking for recommendations for a restaurant that can comfortably handle 15-20 people (no kids) for dinner on a Friday night in Livingston or very nearby. Comfortable for us as well as for the restaurant--we're looking for good food, good service, & the ability to talk to each other, even on a busy Friday night, without having to shout. Most types of food & prices less than very expensive are fine. A private room would be a plus but not necessary.

Sep 27, 2011
graciesquare in New Jersey

Birthday dinner in/near Williamstown, MA?

We went to Mezze (not Mezzo) a couple of weeks ago & were really disappointed. We loved meals we'd had at their previous location a few years ago; the staff was attentive & friendly, the menu was creative, the food delish & the room comfortable & welcoming. This time the staff was standoffish, the menu rather one-dimensional (that dimension being pork), the fish we had (either haddock or halibut, I can't remember) simply boring, & the new, much more formal room left us cold, both literally & figuratively. Beautiful grounds, though.

How about the Mill on the Floss, especially for your parents & grandmother? It's on rte. 7 in New Ashford, 8 miles south of the center of Williamstown. Haven't been there for a couple of years but when we went it was astonishing: we had a wonderful meal with great service--even though the power was out the entire evening! It's a lovely setting too. http://www.millonthefloss.com/

Where to eat in/near Sterling?

My apologies for being so late in thanking everyone for their recs. We didn't make it to any of them but will be back in the area sometime. Thanks to all.

Where to eat in/near Sterling?

We'll be in Sterling for a week, starting Saturday, & will have to eat out most nights. Any recommendations, not too high priced but decent? I haven't been able to find much help on this board!

Desperately seeking dried Polish mushrooms

A very belated thank-you for the leads on where to find Polish mushrooms. We didn't find them before Thanksgiving. A few places we contacted told us, "They're on the boat." But my mom has found them since.

Feb 11, 2009
graciesquare in Manhattan

Desperately seeking dried Polish mushrooms

I'm probably breaking some rule by posting this request on a number of boards but as the title says, I'm desperate! My mother has been making barley & mushroom soup for Thanksgiving dinner for probably more than 50 years & this is the first year she can't find dried Polish mushrooms, which she insists must be on a string. Anyone know where we can find them, preferably in Manhattan or northern NJ? But if we have to go further, we will!

Nov 11, 2008
graciesquare in Manhattan

Infusions Bistro, Chelmsford, MA

I just posted this on the Boston board in reply to someone asking a while back about Moonstones in Chelmsford. This board is where it belongs, I think:

Went to Moonstones tonight. My husband had a fine meal, I had a bad one. He enjoyed his lobster & mushroom tapas a lot & liked most of his chicken, shrimp & gnocci entree (can't remember what they call it). The chicken was tender & the shrimp were cooked just right. He didn't care for the gnocci--they were heavy & oily.

I ordered three tapas. The meat in the lamb "lollipops" didn't have a lot of lamb flavor & eating off the stick was difficult because it wasn't that tender, & the sauce was forgettable. The spring rolls had a crispy wrapper but the vegetables inside were mushy & essentially unrecognizable. The worst was something the menu called moussaka but bore no resemblance to any other moussaka I've ever had. It was all one gloppy tomato-y mess with a small rectangle of crustless bread poking up at each corner. I asked the waiter why I couldn't seem to find any eggplant in it. His reply: they use eggplant puree. Eggplant puree??!! What's the point of that?

It's obvious that the restaurant wants to know how its customers like the food but our waiter's way of asking was a bit too pushy for us.

One very positive note: the waiter noticed I'd eaten little of the so-called moussaka & took it off our bill.

My husband says he'd go back, but obviously that won't be with me.

Moonstones in Chelmsford

Went to Moonstones tonight. My husband had a fine meal, I had a bad one. He enjoyed his lobster & mushroom tapas a lot & liked most of his chicken, shrimp & gnocci entree (can't remember what they call it). The chicken was tender & the shrimp were cooked just right. He didn't care for the gnocci--they were heavy & oily. I ordered three tapas. The meat in the lamb "lollipops" didn't have a lot of lamb flavor & eating off the stick was difficult because it wasn't that tender, & the sauce was forgettable. The spring rolls had a crispy wrapper but the vegetables inside were mushy & essentially unrecognizable. The worst was something the menu called moussaka but bore no resemblance to any other moussaka I've ever had. It was all one gloppy tomato-y mess with a small rectangle of crustless bread poking up at each corner. I asked the waiter why I couldn't seem to find any eggplant in it. His reply: they use eggplant puree. Eggplant puree??!! What's the point of that?

It's obvious that the restaurant wants to know how its customers like the food but our waiter's way of asking was a bit too pushy for us.

One very positive note: the waiter noticed I'd eaten little of the so-called moussaka & took it off our bill.

My husband says he'd go back, but obviously that won't be with me.

Lobster roll in the Berkshires?

A belated thanks to all who replied. On our visitors' last full day here we decided to take the trip to Williamstown to go to the Clark & have lunch at the 1896 House. We were disappointed to find the 1896 closed (assuming it's the place that's now called the '6 pub, or something like that). Our visitors have left but we're still here & are thinking to trying Salmon Run. I love fried scallops!

Lobster roll in the Berkshires?

Thanks to you all! I'll look into Pearl's. Can anyone think of anywhere else?

And to expand my original question: is there a good fishmonger in the Berkshires? We've been getting consistently good fish at Guido's--so I don't mind paying their prices (too much).

Lobster roll in the Berkshires?

Is there anywhere in the Berkshires to find a great lobster roll? Visitors from the west coast, thinking we're not THAT far from the other coast, want to try the regional specialty. We're not lobster fans ourselves & don't have a clue. We're in Lenox so central & southern Berkshire is preferable.

Haven Bakery and Cafe, Lenox, MA

Surprised to see no one has replied to this. Haven Bakery is now open. We checked it out at about noon today & they were only serving breakfast. Nice menu but my husband wanted something more lunch-ish. So we ate at Baroods & had crepes. They seem to be trying to be very French. The crepes were fine, but my side salad was served without dressing. Is that authentically a la Francaise?

Monsoon in Acton

We had such a bad experience at Monsoon in Acton the other night I feel the need to vent here. It had been our favorite Indian restaurant in the area, though we hadn't been in several months. It felt different from the moment we walked in--the welcome just wasn't as warm. We were seated at a tiny two-top though there were plenty of larger tables available. The waiter was close to surly in answering a couple of our questions. (No, you can't substitute garlic naan for the plain that comes with the chef's specials.)

After ordering, we waited a surprisingly long time for our soup, which was advertised as vegetable with lentils, but was only a slightly lentil-flavored & -colored broth. We had two spoonfuls of soup when the appetizers & entrees arrived together. The cheese pakora was OK. When we sent back the shrimp asking that it be cooked a bit more, the waiter returned saying that the cook felt it was cooked correctly. We asked that it be cooked more anyway; it came back fine. Chicken had the opposite problem--it was dry & stringy. Our son liked his palak paneer, though. The rice was dry too & had a golf-ball sized clump in the middle.

A very disappointing experience, & we won't be going back.

Anywhere nice in/near Haymarket?

A belated thanks to everyone for replying to my question. Now all I have to do is decide which one of these recs to follow up on.

Chowhounds are the best!

Anywhere nice in/near Haymarket?

I'm looking to buy a gift certificate at a nice restaurant for friends who have recently moved to Haymarket. They've lived in N. VA for years, but Haymarket is new to them. I know nothing about the area. They're partial to French & Italian. Any suggestions?