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East by Northeast - Open

meh. I was really, really excited for this restaurant, but the food was definitely a letdown. The service, decor and concept were great though. I liked 2 dishes, thought 1 was fine, and really didn't like 4. The menu suggests 3-4 per person, but I think 2-3 is plenty, especially at the high prices.

The food:
1. Salad with chicken, apple, mustard sesame dressing- gloppy, bland, odd texture. the dressing was ok, but too much of one thing.
2. Shitake sticky rice with braised daikon- tasted like a bland mushroom risotto, not enough texture
3. Rice noodles with chicken, daikon, forget what else- This was my favorite dish of the night- interesting, pleasantly chewy noodles, good flavor
4. shrimp dumplings- UGH- the wrappers were really nice, but the insides were so fishy that I wondered if the shrimp were spoiled. also didn't like that the shrimp was ground up.
5. kale- UGH again- and I love kale- flavors strong and unpleasant, kale was tough
6. pork belly on montou bread- this was the other thing I liked- yum. I could eat a whole plateful of these.
7. sweet potato fritters- not bad, nothing special. deep fried sweet potato balls with a chili mayo sauce.

I'll be back to give a second chance for sure though, lots of potential.

Jan 15, 2010
bonber in Greater Boston Area

avocado cream?

hmm- just looked at the jar, and it is called "champagne avocado cream" wonder if that means mexican style won't work? very mysterious!

Aug 05, 2009
bonber in Home Cooking

avocado cream?

I got a jar of "avocado cream" from a fancy food store as a gift- and have no idea what to do with it!

any ideas?

Aug 04, 2009
bonber in Home Cooking

vegetable cooking challenge

not vegetarians- just don't have any meat in the house :)

Jun 29, 2009
bonber in Home Cooking

vegetable cooking challenge

so I have a lot of mushrooms (baby bellas) and turnips and am looking to make a vegetarian meal with both together. Any ideas?

I also have broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic, pasta, rice, quinoa, cheese, eggs, chicken stock, all sorts of condiments & spices.

Jun 29, 2009
bonber in Home Cooking

grilled pork sandwiches?

I am looking to grill some sort of pork for maybe 20-25 people- I'm just not sure what to do with it from there- I like the idea of sandwiches so there is no need for utensils... any ideas?

May 15, 2009
bonber in Home Cooking

green curry paste but no coconut milk

does anyone have a recipe that uses green curry paste that doesn't have coconut milk?

Feb 08, 2009
bonber in Home Cooking

Gargoyle's new menu?

Did anyone go to the unveiling of the new menu?

OR if it is online anywhere?

Jan 22, 2009
bonber in Greater Boston Area

How's the food at The Field in Cambridge?

ugh, greasy ... bleh

but great, warm, cozy atmosphere for drinks

Jan 22, 2009
bonber in Greater Boston Area

Tacos Al Pastor

i don't know about the rotating gyro thingy, but el potro in union sq, somerville has amazing tacos al pastor.

Jan 13, 2009
bonber in Greater Boston Area

round tables on the red line?

I frequently go out to eat with a group opf 6-8 people, and we're always on the hunt for round tables - so everyone can see each other- usually makes for a better evening.

Does anyone know of any restaurants (the less expensive the better) on the red line that would have a big round table and a festive atmosphere?

Jan 13, 2009
bonber in Greater Boston Area

tomato sauce un-inspiration

I did doctor them- the sauce has other chopped veggies in it as well as seasoning...

Oct 22, 2008
bonber in Home Cooking

tomato sauce un-inspiration

Tomato sauce glut after a healthy garden season- now what to do with it?

Already sick of pasta!

Oct 22, 2008
bonber in Home Cooking

cooking a meal w/liquor pairings

any ideas for wonderful food/liquor pairings? looking for something beyond the typical wine/beer. I would be looking for sipping liquors or cocktails or even homemade infusions.

Oct 17, 2008
bonber in Home Cooking

shabu shabu in boston?

Hi all-

I'm looking for the best (food and atmosphere) shabu shabu place to take my foodie brother in law this weekend.

Prefer Chinatown, but anywhere T accessible is fine.

Thanks!

Jul 15, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

hidden italian BYOB?

pastalina's in medford on route 60 not in the back of a convenient store, but small and byob- also super cute!

Jul 13, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

duckfat fries

well, they're skinny fries fried in duck fat- very crispy and very delicious.... i'm so bummed that there don't seem to be any places in boston where i could get a beer and a plate of these....

Jun 23, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

Grilling whole bluefish tonight for 1st time-recipes/tips?

i mix about a tablespoon of mayo, some mustard, lemon, dill, s&p, olive oil. spread it on top of the fish, grill skin side down. yum.

i do it on medium/high on the gas grill and don't flip it. cook til it flakes with a fork- maybe 7-10 min

(edit- just saw you have a whole fish- this is for a filet- sorry! but if you filet the fish, this is awesome)

Jun 22, 2008
bonber in Home Cooking

cocktail order

what's your go-to drink at a bar?

Jun 21, 2008
bonber in Spirits

Moulton's Seafood, Medford - it merits a thread of its own

The fried shrimp dinner is amazing- freshest shrimp i can remember getting at a restaurant, and i didn't have the yucky feeling that i usually get after eating fried food- i will definitely be back. (everyone i was with agreed that the seafood dishes were amazing, but some of the sides like the frozen veggies were soso...stick with onion rings!)

Jun 20, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

duckfat fries

I LOVE the duckfat fries at Duckfat in Portland, ME

Hoping to find some closer to home though...

Any leads?

Jun 20, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

cheap (and tasty) bbq ideas...

hey all-

having a 20 person bbq- and looking for something more than burgers/dogs, but wanting to not drop a bundle.

Some guests won't do beef, some won't do seafood.

Any ideas?

Thanks!

Jun 01, 2008
bonber in Home Cooking

bars w/yummy food & space to sit???

but could a group walk in on a fri or sat and expect to sit?

Apr 26, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

bars w/yummy food & space to sit???

hi all-

looking for bars/lounges/casual restos that a group of folks (4-6 maybe) could go and get a seat (reservation or walk in) on a friday or saturday night

as if that wasn't enough to ask- good food and/or creative fun cocktails?

prefer somerville/cambridge, but anything on public transport will work

thanks!

Apr 23, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

Unique wedding venue?

westport rivers winery only room for 35ish people, but gorgeous & they make seasonal food w/wine pairings from the vineyard

Mar 25, 2008
bonber in Greater Boston Area

fancy dinner party - help with entree

hi everyone-

i'm planning a (hopefully) fancy dinner party for 8 people who don't eat beef or lamb.

i have frequently made a roasted pork tenderloin for this group, so i am hoping for something different

sides will probably be potato something and green something.

any input?

thanks!

Mar 17, 2008
bonber in Home Cooking

a fun place for fri night

looking for a place for dinner and drinks preferably in cambridge/somerville but maybe boston....

-something fun and lively, but not so crowded that we (6-8 people) couldn't get a table or a reservation

-something with entrees under $20/person- the less expensive the better

any cuisine would be fine

thanks :)

Dec 26, 2007
bonber in Greater Boston Area

zuni chicken question

just had it for the first time in san fran...yum! now i'm dying to make it for dinner party. seems like other posters have indicated that it's a bad idea to do more than one chicken in the oven at one time....so i was thinking of just doing a bunch of chicken parts instead of the whole chicken. would that work? would there be enough juices to make the bread salad?

Dec 08, 2007
bonber in Home Cooking

simple stuffing recipes?

does anyone have a recipe for stuffing that does not have any of the following:

fruit
cornbread
sourdough

trying to find something simple, yet delicious...

Nov 20, 2007
bonber in Home Cooking

simple stuffing recipes?

does anyone have a recipe for stuffing that does not have any of the following:

fruit
cornbread
sourdough

trying to find something simple, yet delicious...

Nov 20, 2007
bonber in Home Cooking