Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Taipei Gourmet Lexington

The rain was starting to turn into sleet today when I headed out to Taipei Gourmet in Lexington for some lunch. I haven't been here in a while and the foyer was now nicely painted and new lightning has been added. They also had a very professionally made slide show of the dishes on the menu going on the TV. Nice way to educate people about the more unusual dishes.

Pork w/ Snow Cabbage in Noodle Soup ($7.59) was way better than I remember it and I was happy the first time I tried it. The broth was really, really tasty with a deep, complex flavor, as was the veggies and the pork. Comparing this to the last noodle soup I had up the street was like comparing apples and oranges. To top it off, there was an unannounced 10% holiday discount applied to my bill.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thai E-Sarn Cuisine Arlington

I was in the area so I stopped by Thai E-Sarn Cuisine in Arlington for some Thai food for lunch.

I had the salad as usual, maybe it's time to try the soup again on the next visit.

Fantasy Tilapia ($8.95). Deep fried tilapia comes with carrots, onions, peppers and peas and was marked as one pepper on the menu. They know me here so it comes out with a decent amount of heat. Despite tilapias bad reputation I actually don't mind it. At least they are upfront about what they are serving.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FuGaKyu Lynnfield

I needed to visit Whole Foods so I combined that with lunch at FuGaKyu in Lynnfield. It's an pretty impressive Whole Foods at the Market Street complex and they also have beer and wine.

Window table and a nice salad starts the lunch off nicely. They were setting up the ice skating rink just outside on the commons.

FUGAKYU NOODLE. Served with salad & fruit ($12.50). This is a pick your own with choices for Toppings, Noodle and Broth. Today's choice was again Ramen Noodles with a Tonkotsu Broth (pork) and Grilled Beef. But wait, where's the beef?

Here it is! It was served on its own plate, nicely grilled and it was a decent piece of meat, way bigger than I expected.

The fruit was a piece of orange, nicely cut up and it comes with an individual packaged toothpick.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Tuscan Kitchen Burlington

Tuscan Kitchen in Burlington has been open for dinner only for a while but started serving lunch recently without any announcement. I have been to the Salem, NH location a number of times so I was happy to see a location here in Burlington.

Open kitchen, looks pretty much the same as the other location.

INSALATA DI TONNO ($15). Rare Seared Tuna, Fresh Arugula, Wood Roasted Tomatoes, Caramelized Onion, Sicilian Olives, Roasted Fennel, Balsamic Glaze is what the menu said. I didn't see any roasted fennel but apart from that it was a really nice salad. The tuna was rare but with a nice sear. You get the crusty bread and dipping oil. The crusty bread used to be nice, light with a light crust but has now morphed into something with a crust that is hard to get through. 

The bar area. I'll probably take a table here when I go back. The dining room has high dividers separating the areas so it's missing the nice open feel of the NH location.

Unless you get a table to the left in front of the open kitchen you miss out on the light from the windows. They also have a smallish Tuscan Market at the entrance.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Papagayo Somerville

Papagayo in Somerville is located in the newly opened Assembly Row in Somerville just off 93.

Yes, there is a Lego store here!

They are located on Great River Road and if you can get a window table you will have a nice view of the river. I didn't, there was a photo shoot going on today. To the right of them there is a humongous Legal Seafood.

Big bar, TV's everywhere in cute wooden frames, open kitchen and high ceilings. Interior was nice.

Chips and Salsa arrives promptly and of course you get linen napkins. The salsa was really nice but the chips I couldn't really figure out. They seemed very fresh but was so hard that they seemed stale but they tasted fresh.

Tacos ($8.95). Chicken Tinga or Muchaka Meat Served with Mexican Rice, Refried Beans, Cheese, Lettuce, and Pico De Gallo. The Muchaka Meat turned out to be just shredded beef. Beans and rice was good and the salad was fresh and the tortillas was really really tasty. The Pico De Gallo was just tomatoes and onions but it was nicely spiced.

Chicken Tinga Taco was the best one. Tender chicken chunks in a spicy tomato sauce.

Muchaka Meat Taco was OK but not nearly as good as the chicken one.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fife and Drum Restaurant Concord

Time to go to prison again, e.g. another visit to Fife and Drum Restaurant in Concord, located inside the minimum security prison. I got there at just after 11:30 when they open and the place was packed. Had to share a table wuth two au pairs, one from Austria and one from Germany and that was an added bonus.

After I got flagged down, I found out the the no camera rule also apply to any prison building. This one from the barn was OK.
The food? House salad or Caesar both with the dressing on the side and I went for the Caesar. Soup today was Philly Cheese Steak Soup and that sounded really weird but the soup was excellent, dark and creamy and really tasty. For mains I had the Ham and Sausage Egg rollup with hand cut French Fries. The rollup was surprisingly good with a good quality ham and decent sausage. The French Fries was really excellent, wish more places served fries this good. The other mains was grilled swordfish with a lemon sauce served over rice pilaf. Both the girls ordered the fish and they said it was really good. Three good sized pieces of fish and it was not overcooked, according to them. I was so stuffed at this point that I skipped both the Mud Pie and the Strawberry shortcake dessert. I got change this time so it only come to $3.21.

It's a working farm, one calf surrounded by a few geese!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sichuan Palace Chelmsford

I haven't been back to Sichuan Palace in Chelmsford since January 2013, I wasn't to impressed by anything back then but saw that they have Double Cooked Pork Belly on the menu and decided to give them another try for lunch today.

The Hot & Sour soup have improved and was actually a little hot but the sour part was mostly absent.

Double Cooked Pork Belly ($7.95) looked really good. Look at that chili oil pooling there! Not only did it look good but it was really good with a ton of tender belly and it was actually spicy. You also get the white tender part of the leeks and not just the dark green part. Could have done with some more fermented black beans but despite that I was very happy with this. Oh, there was also a chicken wing app involved but it come out so late I forgot to take a picture. I think they will be back into my lunch rotation again. The UGLY signs above table A4 and A5 is till there. You would think that after 3 years the waitresses would know what the table numbers are, especially since 2 of the 3 that was there today have been there since they opened. Only negative thing was that if the hostess is wearing a down jacket you can expect that it will be a chilly experience and it was. Turn on the heat, will you.