Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mr. Chan's Burlington

It was a cold and overcast day with showers so I thought a noodle soup was right for today. Of course, as soon as I set out for Mr. Chan's in Burlington, the sun come out.

This is my choice for today, Pork with Preserved Vegetables and Egg Noodle soup ($9.50). The price had increased a bit, but it was delicious with tons of pork and veggies and nicely cooked noodles. The broth itself was also very good. Not too busy today. Then I went to the AMC theater in Burlington and watched The Martian. Excellent movie.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Taqueria El Amigo Waltham

I don't get to Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham often enough, but today was such a nice day that I decided to cruise down there for some lunch. This small Mexican restaurant serving excellent food is a hidden gem in Waltham.

They are easy to miss unless you know where they are. At lunch, you can also look for customers sitting outside waiting for their takeout.

Free chips and salsa arrives promptly. The less said about the chips the better, but the salsa is outstanding and fairly hot. Not sure if you have a choice or not but this is fine for me.

They now offer guacamole ($2.50) and this was new to me so I decided to try it. It was a good amount with lots of avocados but needed a bit more seasoning. A couple of teaspoons of the salsa mixed in took care of that.

The Tacos Especiales Plate is now a whopping $7. You can mix two and two so I picked Pork and Chili and Beef Cheeks. They come on double corn tortillas and are sprinkled with onions and cilantro and the avocado slice is standard. Both were excellent, but the favorite was the Beef Cheeks. A little bit fatty but very very tasty, It might not look like a lot of food but between the chips and this I was stuffed.

You can request hot sauce on the side and this one is both seriously hot and delicious.

This is it. Fourteen seats, not tables but seats. get here early for lunch unless you want to wait for a table. The drinks cooler is filled with real Mexican sodas include Coke. Cash only.

Taqueria El Amigo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, October 11, 2015

MuLan Waltham

MuLan in Waltham has finally reopened after closing to expand next door in May of this year. I visited just before closing and had a special dish and I couldn't wait to try it again. They currently have no website.

Nice new sign decorates the outside of the expanded restaurant.

The dish? Mulan Special fish ($14.95) is a big bowl of perfectly cooked fish in a fiery broth, they don't hold back on the spiciness here.

I also ordered Egg Fried Rice ($6.95) and again it was a BIG plate with nicely seasoned rice and fluffy eggs. What a nice meal this was. It might look a bit expensive, but I'll get at least three meals out of this.

This is the old dining room side that has been expanded a bit to the left.

View of the new front desk and you can see a bit of the function room to the left and there is also more seating over there. As you can see they were really busy at lunch today, lots of families dining out but they have a good number of the big round tables available. I'm looking forward to lots of lunches here in the future, they have a really big lunch specials menu. Street parking is still free, I have never known a town to remove parking meters and not replace them with something else.

Mulan Taiwanese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Kings Lynnfield

Kings in Lynnfield is located in the new Market Street complex and I decided to take the backroads up to here today for some Saturday lunch.

There is plenty of parking, easiest is just to park behind them. There is also outdoor seating but not today. Even if the sun was out, it was still a bit too chilly to sit outside.

Yes, there is bowling!

Buffalo Chicken Wings ( small $7.50). You only get the drummettes, but they were nicely frenched and the celery was fresh. The Blue Cheese dipping sauce was very mild and didn't really taste of blue cheese. The chicken was cooked really nicely, crisp on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside.

This is the NEW ENGLAND FISH & CHIPS ($14). "Battered with Fries & Coleslaw served with Homemade Roasted Red Pepper Tartar Sauce". The fish was cooked perfectly and the batter was light and very crispy. Unfortunately, both the fish and the batter was completely unseasoned. The coated fries were also unsalted but perfectly cooked. The tartar sauce was delicious and so was the coleslaw. Apart from the seasoning issue I was really impressed by the quality of the cooking.

There is also pool tables available.

Want something a bit quieter? There are a bar and table seating just inside the doors to the right.

Kings Lynnfield Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Amsterdam Falafelshop Somerville

Amsterdam Falafelshop in Somerville's Davis Square is one of two locations and the other one is in Kendal Square and I visited the one in Davis Square for lunch today.

They are centrally located in Davis square and are located next to Diva Indian Bistro that is practically a landmark now.

It's a small place, but they have a lot of tables for two and customers are moving.

This is the pick all you can fit toppings section. Tons of stuff and it all looked really fresh and it was.

More stuff if you want more sauce for your falafel and also dipping sauces for you fries.

This is the small Falafel ($5.45) after the precooked falafel balls were crushed and sauce applied. The toasted pita was good and the falafel was really moist and very tasty. It's only chickpeas and spices, no beans.

This is after I had loaded as much as I could into the pita bread. If I would do it again, I think I would go for the bowl instead, you can distribute the sauce(s) and the toppings better.

I also ordered a small Frieten ($2.95) that I paired up with Curry Ketchup and Dutch Mayo (Fritesaus). I found the Dutch mayo to be bland but according to a Dutch friend, that's what he found as well when he visited home. On the other hand, the Curry Ketchup was really good. Unfortunately, the fries was a tad overcooked. Yes, there is a hole in the table for the fries and a convenient stand for your falafel. This was a very filling and nice meal for very short money.
They are also hosting a contest called ‘Battle of the Balls’ on Instagram. Guests who share a photo of their customized falafel bowl or sandwich using the hashtag #BattleofTheBalls are entered to win a Dutch-Style bike valued at $400 and a year’s worth of FREE Falafel.

Disclaimer: This meal was provided by Amsterdam Falafelshop, but all opinions are my own.

Amsterdam Falafelshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jin's Sichuan House Waltham

Jin's Sichuan House in Waltham opened fairly recently in a small plaza off Rte 20 on the outskirts of Waltham. There is off street parking.

I wasn't sure what to expect after reading a terrible review on Y**p, but the place was really nice with a bright interior and everything was spotless. I was lucky by being early but as the place filled up, the kitchen was really really slow. One customer left and another had to take his food to go.

Sichuan Double Cooked Pork Belly ($7.50) from the lunch Sichuan menu was good, but there was a lot of veggies present. It was marked as spicy and it really was so that was nice. After looking at my leftovers, there was also a lot of pork belly, it was just hiding underneath.

I decided to splurge and also ordered Mala Crispy Chicken ($7.75) from the lunch specials menu. It wasn't really mala at all, but it was nice chunks of tender dark meat with a thin coating that was deep fried and cooked perfectly. Tender and crispy pieces but they could have done with some more heat. The included Crab Rangoons was super light and crispy and actually tasted of crab. The service was very spotty, a neighboring table didn't get his soup, they forgot his app of chicken fingers etc. This place has potential and I'll be back for more even if you don't get any soup with the lunch specials.

Jin's Sichuan House Chinese Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Del Frisco's Grille Chestnut Hill

I was recently invited to a media event at Del Frisco's Grille in Chestnut Hill to promote their newly revamped ‘Grab a Pair’ ($12) lunch menu featuring a soup or salad paired with the choice of:
  • Personal sized flatbread (Roasted Tomato, Wild Mushroom, Spicy Meatball or Sausage & Pepperoni)
  • Half of a BBQ Pork Bahn Mi
  • Half of a Chicken Avocado Wrap
  • Two Fish Tacos

They are located in the renovated The Street area in Chestnut Hill and the dining room is overlooking Hammond Pond.

We were greeted by the manager Eric Stevens and their signature cocktail, The VIP (10.5) made with Sweet Hawaiian Pineapple-Infused Svedka Clementine Vodka. It was very refreshing.

Here is the Half of a Chicken Avocado Wrap with a Mixed Greens Salad and house made Chips that is part of the Grab a Pair selection. Eric was a very gracious host and brought out each course and explained the philosophy behind each dish. They are trying to appeal to the lighter lunch crowd that might not have time for a full business lunch.

Another choice is the 2 Fish Tacos here seen with the Caesar Salad. This was really good and very light. The fish is cod and it was cooked really nicely and were still moist and flaky.

From the normal menu, Guacamole with Crisp Corn Tortillas ($10). The guacamole was nice and chunky.

This is the full sized Flatbread with Spicy Pork Meatball Roasted Tomato Sauce, Banana Pepper, Fresh Mozzarella, House-Made Ricotta. It wasn't really that spicy, but the banana peppers added a nice kick and the ricotta was delicious. The pork meatballs are locally sourced pork.

Asian Street Tacos (10.5) with BBQ Pork, Pickled Daikon & Carrot, Cucumber, Cilantro, Chiles was really tasty and fresh with crunchy veggies.

Lollipop Chicken Wings (12.5) Buffalo Style with Avocado Ranch Dressing. I really liked these guys, easy to eat since you could just grab hold of the bone and the buffalo sauce was nice and tangy and the Avocado Ranch Dressing also kept the heat down.

Heirloom Tomato & Burrata (12.5) with Balsamic Vinegar, Basil Oil, Micro Greens. Light and refreshing with an excellent burrata.

I'm not much of a salad guy, but I was surprised at how much I liked the Chopped Chicken & Farm Greens Salad (13). Chicken, Tomato, Carrot, Roasted Pine Nuts, Blue Cheese, Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette.

Dessert time, finally, Butterscotch Pudding Jar (8). Salted Caramel, Whipped Cream was absolutely delicious!

The Adult Milkshake (11) are made with Nocello Walnut Liqueur, Creme de Cacao, Chocolate Liqueur, Vanilla Ice Cream wasn't bad either. Very refreshing and the Walnut Liqueur made it even more interesting.

Interior is very nice and they have function room in the back and the windows overlook the Hammond Pond with a nice view and spectacular sunsets. Behind me are a big bar and ample booth seating.

Del Frisco's Grille Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato