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ISO fresh rice noodles in Boston

Anyone know if it's OK to keep the fresh rice noodles at room temperature for a few days? Do restaurants do this?

When I buy them at Ming's in the morning there are still warm. I don't want to put in fridge because they will get dry, and I know the trick about putting them in warm water but I don't want to do that.

Nov 19, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

best bolognese in boston area?

I've always wondered.. the ingredients for the bolognese sauce is pretty identical to Beef Bourguignon. Do you think the French and Italians copies each other?

Nov 19, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

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

I'm going on Thursday for my birthday, so hopefully I will have a better experience! I'll report back how it went!

Nov 18, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Oya for Birthday! Bar seats or table? Dish Recs?

I will be going with my wife. So you think sitting at the counter is better then getting a table? Just feel weird paying $200 or $300 sitting at a counter.

I'm open to it if that's what you recommend though!

Nov 07, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Oya for Birthday! Bar seats or table? Dish Recs?

I will be going to Oya for my birthday.

Any recommendation for seating? Is it better to sit at the counter or is table fine?

I know lots of sushi experts say by the time the sushi gets to a table it has lost it's ideal temperature.

What should I order? The Omakase? Set?

Thanks!

Nov 07, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Weekend in Boston...single guy looking for great food!

Forget Quincy Market, to to Neptune Oyster House, and get there early!

Nov 07, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Return to Cha Yen Thai Cookery

Eattv, I have been cooking from the Pok Pok cookbook and was wondering where can i get the dried Puya chilies?

Can you give me your rankings for your favorite and best thai dishes in Boston? I know some will be at Cha Yen Thai, but what there must be some at other places as well!

Nov 07, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Boston Magazine - Best 50 Restaurants

I was looking at my old Boston Mag top 50 issue from 2009 and it's interesting to see that a quarter of them of have closed down! In the magazine they said they combined the rankings of Chowhound, Yelp, Phantom Gourmet and their own to come up with the top 50. What do you think about this top 50 list from 2009?

Here is the list in the correct order.

Oya, L'espalier, No. 9 Park, Clio, Aujord'hui, Radius, Hungry Mother, Hamersley Bistro, Oleana, Cragie on Main,

Meritage, Salts, Oishii, Uni, Ten Tables, Neptune Oyster, Icarus, Persephone, Mistral, Sorellina,

Rialto, B and G Oyster, Troquet, Lumiere, Pigalle, Toro, Blue Ginger, Upstairs on the Square, Excelsior, Benatti,

Sage, T.W Food, Locke-Ober, Taranta, Redezvous, L'Andana, The Butcher Shop, Viat Matta, Dante, Scampo,

51 Lincoln, Lineage, Bistro 5, Grill 23, East Coast Grill, Estragon, Union Bar and Grille, Il Carpiccio, Bin 26 Enoteca, Avila.

Nov 02, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

New Strip T's Thread for 2013:Excellence and Innovation Continue

Ribelle was a monster hit from the get-go?That's weird because when I was reading interviews about Tim he said Ribelle was very close to shutting down until the Globe review came out. If it was a monster hit from the get go, then why was Tim constantly changing the menu format and offering three for $30 before 6:30? I remember seeing lots of open seats at Ribelle early on.

Nov 02, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Mei Mei Kitchen, real disappointment..

To clarify, I'm only talking about the Dinner Menu, not lunch or takeout. I have always loved the Double Awesome, or Double Awesome sandwiches, corn fritters, and magical kale. For Dinner they don't even offer the Double Awesome anymore, saying they want people to try their other dishes.

Nov 02, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Mei Mei Kitchen, real disappointment..

Anyone go to Mei Mei Kitchen Restaurant recently?

I've been really disappointed with my meals there and feel like it's getting worse. I've been there around 7 times. The reason I keep going back is I really like the people there, the vibe, what they stand for, but the food keeps changing and it's getting worse!

When they first opened I really liked their big format 5 spheres chicken, their kung pao chicken dish, and of course their Double Awesome.

Then they got rid of those two chicken dishes. They replaced it with a 48 hour braised short rib dish. This was a very good dish but soon they got rid of it.

Then they started making fresh noodles in house. This is when everything started going downhill. The noodles were delicious on their own, but the portion were way too small for the price, and their sauce did nothing for the noodle and tasted bland.

Now they have mapo smoked beef shanks with apples which has a nice smoky taste but the thinly slices apples don't add much to it, and the rice underneath is bland. It's hard to eat the apple slices together with the meat and rice. It would have been better if the apples were cut up into small dice and the rice had more seasoning.

The carrots with seeds dish is basically roasted carrots with granola and a tiny bit of coconut milk. This tasted like a play on granola with milk and fruit, but the amount of coconut milk in the dish was so tiny, and there weren't enough berries to make the dish interesting. It basically tasted like dry granola with roasted carrots on top. Ribelle had a granola dish with herbs and berries that's out of this world. La Brasa also has a great carrot dish with mole for the same price.

Finally, the sweet corn with bone marrow is a really weird dish and not in a good way. It was basically cut up corn with a bone marrow sauce and salmon roe on top. The bone marrow and salmon roe flavors really clashed. I don't know if it's because the salmon roe was not fresh, but the bone marrow sauce amplified the weird fishy taste of the salmon roe. This is coming rom a guy who loves salmon roe and uni and buys trays of it!

I feel like they are trying too hard to be creative with weird flavor combinations, at the sake of the dish simply tasting delicious. In David Changs Momofuku cookbook, he said he had lots of great ideas for dishes, but if the dish didn't taste fantastic, he got rid of it. I feel Mei Mei needs to follow this advise!

What is going on with them? Anyone else have recent experiences at Mei Mei Kitchen Restaurant?

Nov 02, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

ISO real Mirin and real chinese wine

You can find real Mirin at Whole Food believe it or not. It has a high alcohol content that you are looking for.

A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

Perhaps it was my fault for eating too quickly and just not used to the format. I think I went into the panic mode you talked about of trying each dish too quickly. I didn't know which dishes were hot, and which dishes were cold.

We ordered a la carte. The waiter suggested we share an appetizer, and then we each order a main course, and then share a dessert.

The amuse bouche was probably the best part of the meal, perhaps because we really took time to enjoy each dish. Around 5 small really bright fresh tasting dishes and bread sticks.

The appetizer was 7 dishes. We each got 7 of the same dishes so there were 14 dishes set on our table at once! This is probably where the panic set in. I enjoyed most of them, but some of the dishes were too bitter for my taste, I think from the alcohol.

For the main course my wife had the Langoustine and I had the duck. The Languostine was prepared 5 different ways. I had the duck which came in 3 dishes. One dish was the duck breast, one was the duck skin, and the other was some veggie with duck foie gras sauce. I had a few bites of the duck, and then went to try the langoustines. By the time I went back to my duck, it was cold. Temperature is the concern I have with so many dishes on the table.

We all shared these dishes so total I ate 8 dishes for main course.

Then we had a pre-dessert, and then the final dessert of 7 dishes, and then a couple of chocolates.

So not quite 30 courses, but around 27 tastings.

There was a table next to us that finished even before we did!

The food was executed really well, but it was not the 3 star michelin experience I was hoping for. I think the format just didn't work for me.

Oct 17, 2014
Torolover in France

A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

Yes I read about Pierre Gagnaire and looked at photos of the dishes before I made the reservation. I came prepared, but I didn't realize that once I got them, I had this urge to try all of them before they got cold.

For example my wife had the Langoustines for the main course which was prepared 6 different ways. It came out at all at once. I felt like I had to try all the different preparations quickly before they got cold. Some of the dishes were supposed to be cold like the Langoustine tartar, but I found myself rushing to eat the other dishes that were poached or cooked medium rare. With so many different flavors, I prefer to slowly take my time to appreciate each flavor and texture.

For desserts we had 9 desserts come out at the same time. Again some had ice-cream or cream, and I felt the rush to eat them all before they melt.

Execution was well done, but from this experience, I learned that I prefer courses to come out one by one, so I could really focus appreciating one dish at a time.

We had about 30 courses and finished them all in about 2 hours. At Le Cinq for lunch we had about 8 courses and it took us more then 3 hours to finish lunch!

Oct 16, 2014
Torolover in France

A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

The other restaurant that I really liked in Nice is Comptoir du Marché. It is the sister restaurant of Bistro D'antoine. I had to book Bistro D'antoine well in advance, but I got in to Comptoir du Marche for lunch as a walk in.

Comptoir du Marche has some of the same dishes as Bistro D'antoine. They have the beef tongue in both restaurants. I ordered The beef tongue ($13!) at du Marche and it melted in my mouth and didnt have any rough fibers. I also had the langoustine special. It was perfectly cooked and was so tender, on par with the langoustine I had at Pierre Gagniere. Highly recommend the langoustine special. Also had the scallops which are fine, but wouldn't order it again.

I had duck at Bistro D'antoine($13!!), while good, not that interesting, and not as good as the langoustine special at du Marche and not as good as the beef tongue. I also had the tomato salad which sounds boring, but it was so sweet and fresh. Mussels ($7) sounds boring but were so sweet!

Yes the croissant I had was the Ispahan croissant. I also had a really good eclair at Eclair de Genie and Angelina.

Oh I forgot to mention I also went to Chateaubriand. It was good and fun, but I probably wouldn't go back again as there are so many other places I want to try. The most memorable dish I had was the dessert made of three ingredients. Candied egg yolk, sugar, and almond powder. That was a fantastic treat!

Oct 16, 2014
Torolover in France

A week of inspiring and disappointing meals!

Just came back from a week of eating in Paris! I had some inspiring meals and also some really awful meals. It really pays to do research on this board! Thanks to all you Chowhounders for making my meals so memorable!

First of all those of you who visit Paris and think just any good bistros can be found by picking a random one on the corner be aware!! I had some awful food at some random bistros and awful croissants at some random bakeries.

The highlights for me are

David Toutain- My most memorable and favorite meal in Paris. Great lunch deal and each dish was so fresh tasting, delicious and inspiring. Bravo!

Chez L'ami Jean- I thought was a little pricey since main courses are 40 euros and starters are 16-20 euros, but after trying some more expensive Michelin restaurants, I don't mind paying his new prices. I think the way to go is for his tasting menu which is a better deal then ordering a la carte. Everything was cooked to perfection and flavors were interesting, delicious and good portions!

Ze Kitchen Galerie- I prefer this restaurant over Le Cinq and much better value even at dinner then Pierre Gagniere. Great service, great presentation, delicious, and great atmosphere.

Le Cinq- Great starters, but really disappointed with my main course. Great atmosphere and the dessert cart was great. May try again in the future for the famous lamb shoulder.

Pierre Gagniere- Maybe my expectations were too high, but only 3 quarters of the dishes were delicious to me. The other quarter were cooked well and vibrant tasting, but I didn't feel like I wanted to finish them. Lots of these dishes were a little bitter because of the uncooked alcohol in them. I didn't like the way they present 5 or 6 dishes at the same time. My taste buds got confused, and I felt like I had to rush to try each dish before they get cold. I must have had 30 very different courses, and I would have preferred to have a more focused tasting of 10.

If anyone goes to Nice, I would highly recommend Bistro D'antoine. I had incredible mussels for only 7 Euros and incredible beef tongue for only 13 euros! Probably my third favorite restaurant in France! He has two other restaurants that I tried. The third one had only opened for a couple months. I didn't like the third one as much as the other two. Portions were a lot smaller, and it seemed like he was making the third restaurant more of a fine dining restaurant.

Had lots of bad croissants, but had an incredible one at Pierre Herme. It was a Rose, raspberry croissant. Also had a really good croissant at Angelina and Eric Kayser.

If anyone has any questions I would love to help!

Thanks again Chowhounders!

Oct 16, 2014
Torolover in France

Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

I had the Lunch Tasting Menu 4 course which is 145 Eu. They also have the 5 course Tasting which is 185 Eu.

I was really impressed with the first few dishes but really disappointed with my main course. I had fish which was a good size, probably 4 ounces, but it was a little dry and I found the flavor boring. It sat on a carrot, a beet, and a some other root vegetable.

My wife had the lamb for the main course which was much better. Desserts were very good and the small desserts carts were very good.

Great ambiance, but the main course really disappointed me for a 2 star Michelin restaurant.

How much was the lunch deal before?

Oct 16, 2014
Torolover in France

the great croissant hunt

Just ate a great croissant from Madeleine Cafe in South End. This is pretty close to the ones I ate in Paris. They have lots of other good pastries as well!

Oct 15, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

the great croissant hunt

I just came back from a trip to Paris and ate a pastry that has mascarpone from the famous Pierre Herme.

http://www.parispatisseries.com/2011/...

Oct 15, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Best Place to Get an Eggplant Sub?

Best eggplant sandwich I've had is Strip T's eggplant Bahn mi. I think it even got best of Boston this year for sandwich.

Oct 15, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

All-time best dessert?

I just came back from 10 day trip of Paris eating at 1 michelin, 2 michelin and 3 star michelin restaurants, and I have to say, Asta's desserts can compete with these restaurants desserts!

I really can't remember what I had at Asta for dessert but I remember I had this creme puff which was ridiculously good. I think the four times I went, three of the desserts were outstanding and one of them was simply good. I really wish they kept that cream puff, I know it sound plain, but the texture of the puff was incredible.

Asta's desserts are not that sweet. They are light and use really good fresh milk/cream.

Oct 15, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

I'll find out in 24 hours! Having lunch tomorrow at Le Cinq!

Oct 11, 2014
Torolover in France

Eric Briffard leaving Le Cinq

Oh no! I have lunch reservations this Sunday! Should I cancell?

Oct 07, 2014
Torolover in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

The tables were right next to each other. They were tighter then Chez Denise! It's a fun place where you can talk to your neighbor and discuss about your food and life.

Apps are about 15-25Eu and most Entrees are 40 Eu, some even higher.

I think they way to go is the tasting menu. The tasting menu is about 70 or 79 Eu, can't remember. The tasting menu looked really interesting and portions are smaller. I didn't have SFCarol next to me this time to translate the menu.

Just had the 9 course dinner at Ze Kitchen Galerie. It started off great, and I LOVED the seaweed butter, but my palate started to get bored with similar sauces. It seemed a few of the dishes used a similar butter cream sauce or puree. Everything was well cooked, but I might have been a bit spoiled by David Toutain a few days ago. Every dish was a knock out at David Toutain. I would go with the 6 course dinner or lunch at Ze kitchen Galerie in the future.

Le Cinq, Gagniere and some others coming soon!

Oct 04, 2014
Torolover in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

Hi Sfcarole!

Just had a great dinner at Chez L'ami jean. Started with Octopus appetizer with thin bacon and some kind of red sauce. Octopus was perfectly cooked that was soft but still with a little bight. Seasoning and flavor was spot on. My wife had Foie Gras with cured Salmon. Perfectly cooked Foie Gras really matched well with the smokey flavored Salmon and capers brought some brightness and saltiness.

Entrees- My wife had the barely cooked baby scallops still in their shell, and I had their house special braised veal cheeks with celery root foam(I'm guessing) and root vegetables. Entrees were good, but I was more impressed with the appetizers. Also I thought it was a little expensive at 40 Eu for each of these entrees. Appetizers are about 20-24 Eu.

Finished off with their famous rice pudding. HUGE portion, but indeed best rice pudding I ever had.

Did they raise their prices recently? I looked at their online menu I was under the impression I could get a set menu for 42 Eu.

So far I feel David Toutain lunch set is more impressive and it's the same price as L'ami Jean, around 70 Eu.

Tomorrow I will try Ze Kitchen galerie!

Oct 03, 2014
Torolover in France

Best Bistros in Paris (Chez Denise, L'ami Louis or Aux Lyonnais)

I sat right next to this wonderful couple from SF as well! I believe it is SFCarol!

Oct 02, 2014
Torolover in France

Paris from mid-September to mid-October!

I'm that fellow Chowhounder that sat next to Carol! Nice to meet your Carol! By coincidence they sat me next to Carol! How awesome is that?!

In my previous posts I was asking what to order at Denise, Chez L'ami Jean and other places. I ended up ordering the blanquette de veau and it was fabulous! I also ordered Escargot and braised Beef Cheeks with some kind of wine sauce. Escargot was good and Cheeks were good, but I probably wouldn't order them again in the future. In other posts, I asked if they would let me take leftovers, and of course they said no. One entree is big enough for 2 people!

I went to David Toutain for lunch today and it blew me away! He's cooking on an entirely different level. Even though I ordered 6 course Lunch, they gave us about 11 courses. Everything was cooked to perfection, and the flavors were all clean, fresh, and just delicious.

Went to Le Chateaubriand for Dinner. Very good, everything cooked very well, but not as impressive as Toutain. Probably 3 courses at Le Chateubriand were impressive, other 5 courses simply good.

Chez l'ami for tomorrow, and many others coming next week!

Oct 02, 2014
Torolover in France

Paris Trip Report September 2014

Which Pierre Sang Restaurant did you go? The original or the new one? Anyone have experiences at both? Which one is better?

Sep 29, 2014
Torolover in France

Dumpling cafe, Chinatown

I'm not sure since they usually just give me the soup with the noodles without asking me what I want. I know it not's rice noodle or flat noodle. Maybe ask them what noodle they usually put in the soup, but it's a huge bowl for less then $8!

Sep 28, 2014
Torolover in Greater Boston Area

What do order at Denise, Jean, Le Cinq, Clamato, Ze Kitchen Gallerie?

You mean I bring my own ziplock bag and stuff it in the ziplock myself? I'm actually serious because I want to order more things on the menu, but don't want to waste the big portions. So I can't ask them to pack my leftovers? I don't want to offend them.

Or another option is I'll have to make two trips there.

Sep 27, 2014
Torolover in France