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Offbeat menu items at Winsor Dum Sum?

Correct. That's a different dish.

Mar 31, 2013
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Offbeat menu items at Winsor Dum Sum?

I second the pan fried sticky rice patty. It's the sticky rice you usually see served in the upside down glass bowl, shaped into a bite sized patty, pan fried crunchy, then wrapped in a thin egg omelet. It's my favorite thing at Winsor.

Mar 30, 2013
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Tried BOMA tonight

Probably not, MC. I mean, she ate the burger and liked it, so she's not the type to demand well done burgers. But I can't count the number of times she's claimed to see some trace of pink in chicken or pork that I don't see, so her sensitivity to doneness is just way higher than mine.

Oct 26, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Tried BOMA tonight

That was indeed us! I agree with your take. It's good but not distinguished yet. The menu at this point is pretty limited. What was it? 5 apps, 3 small plates, 5 entrees? There wasn't a lot to choose from, but maybe they'll expand it in a bit. But I wonder what they think their "signature" dish is.

Oct 26, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Tried BOMA tonight

We tried the newest addition to the South End restaurant scene, BOMA, a new gastropub in the former Pho Republique/Bombay Club space. I think it was the third night of its being open tonight. All around, pretty good, solid food.

We ordered two apps, a roasted clam dish with toasted bread and sausage and a slow cooked shortrib taco. Both were good, but my pick would be the shortrib taco to have again.

From the small plates menu, we ordered the burger with duck fat french fries and a small portion of the bucatini. The burger was pretty great. We ordered medium, but we got rare to medium rare, which I had no problem with but my wife claimed afterward it was "bloody". We often disagree on the doneness of things, though. The bucatini is pretty standard noodles, tomato sauce, shaved parmesan on top. I think there was a cured meat involved as well, but can't remember which.

Lastly, we had the monkfish entree with white beans and spinach. The monkfish had nicely crisped skin and firm flesh. Our party had only one drink, a martini, and all the food described came out to $88 or so.

The space of the restaurant was nicely opened up from previous incarnations, which had seemed partitioned off. The service was uniformly on point. The only sign I saw of the restaurant being in the first days of operation was that they didn't yet have high chairs for my little daughter (we brought a booster from home). They should have some soon. We ate very early on a Thursday, so it wasn't busy when we started. It was a little busier when we left.

All in all, everything was at least good. Nothing earth shattering, but I'd recommended the burger, monkfish and the tacos. Prices seem good for the South End, service was good so far.

Oct 25, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Your food truck favorites?

I never understand why Staff Meal always seems to be the least busy truck at the SOWA Market. I often wind up there by default because the others are busier, and I've liked or loved everything I've had from them. Bon Me is fine, but the equivalent sandwich in Chinatown is half the price, and no less delicious. I know Roxy's has been on TV and all, but it's still a friggin' $7 grilled cheese. I'm not waiting 20 minutes to order one.

Oct 05, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone been to "Kitchen" yet?

Just returned from a brunch on the patio of Kitchen. The three of us wound up ordering more or less straightforward dishes (mushroom omelette, scrambled eggs with bacon, breakfast sandwich (toad in the hole toast, cheese, bacon). Very generous portions, piles of shoestring fries, we were all pretty pleased. They do have menu items like the mock turtle soup, billi bi, a beef eggs hollandaise and others which we were intrigued by, but didn't order. Maybe next time.

They didn't have the usual sweet brunch items like waffles or pancakes on the menu at all. I found that odd. They do have some items listed under desserts, such as doughnuts.

Jul 28, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Recommendation for Chinatown restaurant for 10 people?

Most Chinese restaurants in Chinatown would also have set group menus for 2, 4, 6, 8 & 10 people. These are typically printed entirely in Chinese, but they offer you a well-rounded family style meal you don't have to agonize over. You can try discussing them with a waiter. A typical menu might look like this:

Seafood Soup
Seafood Stirfry in taro "bird's nest"
Salt & Pepper pork chops
Crispy chicken with shrimp chips
Lobster with Ginger & Scallions
Whole steamed fish
Fried Rice
E-Fu braised noodles

Any Chinese restaurant large enough to accommodate a 10-person party should be able to offer you a group menu somewhat similar to this. You might order an 8 person menu and add a few dishes you particularly want.

In addition to the restaurants already mentioned above (New Golden Gate, East Ocean City, Peach Farm, New Jumbo) which are great, Pearl Villa (I think renamed Gigi) is a family favorite.

Jun 25, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Bon Chon/Bull BBQ

I had a small take out order of wings. Seems the same to me. Which is to say yummy.

Jun 12, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Otto in Coolidge Corner Open

I certainly liked my single slice of mashed potato and bacon pizza I had on Saturday afternoon. Tasty with a crispy thin crust.

May 28, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Sportello - Veal Agnolotti

I've had this here. I'm pretty sure the filling was just ground veal.

Feb 24, 2012
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

SOWA Winter Farmer's Market

They just announced that they'll be continuing the SOWA Farmer's Market over the winter, from November 13 through April 29 on Sundays at 460 Harrison Ave. It'll be indoors, I think in the building where the vintage market takes place right now. The poster they put on Facebook lists "Local Produce, Live Plants, Baked Goods, Herbs, Free Range Meats, Cheese, Organic Coffee, Cut Flowers, and much more". It doesn't say whether the food trucks will be there, but on Facebook they said they'll have a rotating group of food trucks as well.

http://www.sowaopenmarket.com/winter-...

Oct 06, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Large group (35) seeking dinner in Chinatown (may need private room)

Any of the dim sum places should have lots of available space in the evening if they're not hosting a wedding banquet or two (ie, not on a weekend). You should be able to hash out with them a family style dinner for each table. They'll each have preset menus that they offer (though usually printed only in Chinese) This goes for Hei La Moon, China Pearl, Chau Chow City, etc. The smaller restaurants might have somewhat better food, but not your own room to yourself.

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Hei La Moon
88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

Chau Chow City
81 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

China Pearl
237 Quincy Ave, Quincy, MA

Oct 03, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat in Rockport/Camden with a baby in tow

Arrived in Rockland on Monday at 7. We were pretty tired and didn't want to have to drive and find a place, so we went to the Samoset's restaurant La Bella Vita. As a dining setting, it really can't be beat. We sat on the patio in a corner, fairly away from other diners, and we were able to sit on a comfy couch with the baby between us for a while. It more than made up for the food being only OK.

Lunch on Tuesday was complicated by the fact that many restaurants use Tuesday as their off day. Home Kitchen, Prism Glass, and the Slipway were all closed. It took me having to search all of Maine in OpenTable for a reservation to figure out that the Lily Bistro was open for lunch. The food was good but took a long time to get to us, using up 25 minutes of good, quiet behavior from our baby daughter. By the time the food came, I had taken her to the sidewalk, swinging her in the carseat to get her to sleep as she had started fussing. Lily being such a small, casual place it was no problem to manage the baby during the meal, occasionally taking her outside if she needed calming. Good lunch, but it shouldn't have taken us a half hour to get a salad with steak and a fried green tomato sandwich.

For dinner we showed up to Cafe Miranda at 5. The food came super quickly, which was great. We both liked our dishes, pork chop with apples and great mashed potatoes and pierogies. The baby was fairly well behaved, but again started fussing when the food came. This time my wife brought her outside to rock her to sleep. Luckily it didn't take long, and her dish was still warm when she got back. Cafe Miranda being as casual as it is, the baby wasn't a problem, at least that early in the evening. Honestly, we might try there again tomorrow.

All in all, eating out with the baby has been fairly successful. She was reasonably well behaved, and the places we chose were conducive for having a baby with us. People in all of the places we ate seemed to like having the baby around. She is quite the charmer. We're staying in town an extra night, so hope it holds up.

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Cafe Miranda
15 Oak St, Rockland, ME 04841

Home Kitchen Cafe
650 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

Lily Bistro
421 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

Sep 27, 2011
Fukui San in Northern New England

Where to eat in Rockport/Camden with a baby in tow

Thanks. How about Shepard's Pie? I haven't been there yet, but the mentions on this board have been great.

It doesn't have to be upscale, but our favorite part of trips to Maine have been the great food.

Sep 23, 2011
Fukui San in Northern New England

What's the scoop on Gaslight?

I've gone for brunch a number of times and have always had a pleasant experience there. For some reason I've not been there for dinner, despite living nearby.

Sep 23, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Where to eat in Rockport/Camden with a baby in tow

I'm a longtime visitor to the Rockport area who will be visiting there for a few days next week. (Monday and Tuesday - Primo will be closed, I checked) For the first time we'll be bringing a baby along with us, and I'm wondering which restaurants may still be a good dining experience while having to potentially deal with a crying 3 month old. We'll probably go have earlyish dinners, both for our sake and for that of the other diners.

A lunch at Waterman's will take care of one slot. But where else should we go that won't be disastrous if the baby cries a little? Prism? In Good Company? Cafe Miranda? The new (to us) Bella Vita at Samoset, where we're staying?

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Cafe Miranda
15 Oak St, Rockland, ME 04841

In Good Company
415 Main St, Rockland, ME 04841

Sep 22, 2011
Fukui San in Northern New England

Black garlic in Boston?

I haven't tried it but I believe it. It's sweet and mild.

Sep 22, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Black garlic in Boston?

I've bought some at H-Mart in Burlington.

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H-Mart
3 Old Concord Rd, Burlington, MA 01803

Sep 21, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Old Joe V's space

Just did a search on "Joe V's" to see what was happening in that space. I am beyond excited for this news. Even if it's only a halfway decent imitation of the real thing, I'm glad that this sort of place is opening in the South End rather than another high end continental restaurant.

Sep 20, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

fried chicken???????????

I love the fried chicken at Franklin Cafe whenever it's on the menu, and I had it just two nights ago at the South Boston location.

I also like Tupelo's fried chicken and waffles for brunch in Inman Square, Cambridge.

And of course BonChon.

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BonChon
123 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

Sep 08, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Old Joe V's space

Please tell me that the rumor that a Japanese Izakaya is going there is going to happen.

I don't see many signs of construction there, but neither do I see a For Sale sign.

Jul 20, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

SOWA famers market + Gilson's Lyceum CSA questions

Farmer Dave's also has a CSA drop off at Boston Medical Center on Friday. We're going on our second year with them, and am pretty pleased.

http://www.farmerdaves.net/

Stone Soup also has a pickup near South Station, so that might be near you as well. We used to get a share from them, but Farmer Dave's was more convenient for us.

http://sites.google.com/site/stonesou...

The SOWA farmers market used to have someone from Russo's sell produce there, but it declined and stopped. Then the welcome development of the food trucks came in. By the end of last season, there definitely was more than one farm stand going, but judging from last year I can't say that it will be predictable.

May 06, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Mixx: Amazing Asian Self Serve Frozen Yoghurt in Allston

Tart froyo is my wife's favorite. I prefer ice cream, but can live with frozen yogurt. How does this place compare to the many other places in the area?

Berryline near Harvard and Fenway
Pinkberry in Back Bay, Pru center, and Harvard Sq.
Red Mango near Sympony
Berry Freeze in Coolidge Corner

I'd probably put those in that order right now, though the top three are close.

Apr 26, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Looking for Medieval Private Dining in Boston

I second Smith & Wollensky. It's also just a few blocks away from Boston Common.

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Smith & Wollensky
101 Arlington St, Boston, MA 02116

Apr 04, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Dim Sum on Sunday, Feb 6th... impact of Chinese New Year?

I've seen the tapioca soup at Hei La Moon, but only once. I haven't been to China Pearl in a bit, but they always had the tapioca soup.

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Hei La Moon
88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

China Pearl Restaurant
288 Mishawum Rd, Woburn, MA 01801

Feb 03, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Franklin Cafe: I DON'T GET IT

Yes, please!

Feb 01, 2011
Fukui San in Greater Boston Area

Top Chef All-Stars - Ep. #5 - 01/05/11 (Spoilers)

I think there's an implied sneer in the term they used that was translated as "caucasian". Maybe "whitey" would have been a better translation.

Jan 06, 2011
Fukui San in Food Media & News

Ok, I'll do it ... THE NEXT IRON CHEF, SEASON 3, EPISODE 4, "TRANSFORMATION" (obviously spoiler alert)

Has Tsai deconstructed before this episode? With the transformation theme, that's an appropriate response.

Sweet foods on shaved ice is a common dessert, especially in Hawaii and Asia, but they rarely look as bad as the sno cone here. They're usually bright, fruity, and colorful.

Oct 26, 2010
Fukui San in Food Media & News

Just Desserts Episode 4: High drama

No, "Weak sauce" is just common slang for "Poor, lame effort".

Oct 08, 2010
Fukui San in Food Media & News