Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Taipei Gourmet Lexington

Time for some solid food on a bright sunny day after a massive shoveling effort so I went to Taipei Gourmet in Lexington for lunch.

Flounder Filet in Sichuan Sauce Lunch Special ($7.99) ordered extra spicy and it had a nice amount of heat and the fish was perfectly cooked. Lots of sliced ginger to add to the heat. This was one of the first dishes I ordered here after they opened and I was not impressed back then but that was over two years ago so I figure I try it again and I was glad that I did.

Soup is included and it's always good and there was also a vegetarian spring roll involved that I managed to finish but there was also leftovers today.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Capital Grille Burlington

Special day today so the lunch was at Capital Grille in Burlington. Again I parked myself in the bar to avoid having to look at the staff in their supremely ill fitting jackets.

Extra Extra Dry Martini, Tanqueray with a twist. This is really a secret code for "Give my a glass of chilled gin with a twist".

They have a special two course lunch special ($18) with a few apps and a few mains to choose from. The New England clam chowder was perfectly acceptable.

The Lobster Roll was claw meat as expected but at least it was the big claws and a lot of them. Much better than the 99 Restaurant ripoff. Very little binders and just a few small pieces of celery for texture. The truffle and parmesan fries are really delicious and I had to finish all of them. For the money I was very happy with this.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Bonefish Grill Burlington

Sunday so it's brunch time at Bonefish Grill in Burlington again. There is a Not Your Average Joe's next door and I have looked at the menu and it looks expensive and not too exciting. Is there anything edible hiding in there for lunch or brunch?

This is the Omelet Oscar with asparagus, crab, smoked mozzarella, basil, lemon butter (10.5) with the potatoes au gratin. I think I got the eggwhite one the first time I ordered this. All the omelets after that has had a nice yellow color. Good amount of crab and nicely cooked asparagus and some jam has mysteriously been added. Bright sunny day as you can see from the shadows, There is a serious amount of snow on the ground and more will be added starting Monday night into Wednesday. Ouch!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pho #1 Woburn

Some serious snow this morning so I'm not going anywhere except walking down to my local Vietnamese restaurant, Pho #1 in Woburn.

Dac Biet Beef noodle soup, medium size ($6.95). "Large sized bowl of our popular beef noodle soup, with combining sliced rare eye round, well done flank, brisket, tendon and tripe" is what the menu says. At the best I would call this a passable rendering of Pho. The broth is OK but lacks depth of flavor, only a few pieces of tripe and tendon and the brisket was mostly missing as was the well done flank. What used to be chili oil in the container up top is now just dry chili flakes. Only redeeming quality is that it's cheap and within walking distance.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Toraya Arlington

I love Toraya in Arlington despite it being such a small place and don't go here enough but stopped by for lunch today.

Small? Yes, this is most of it and they usually fill it up, both for lunch and dinner. There is on street parking and also a lot behind the restaurant.

Miso soup is included and it's actually pretty good here. No spoon so it's slurp away.

They had Deep Fried Baby Octopus ($6) on the specials board and I couldn't resist! Look at those little fat suckers!

The Chirashi ($11.95) is a favorite of mine and it's really reasonably priced here. It's an assortment of fresh fish, egg and vegetables over sushi rice. Not really sure what I have here apart from the standards but there was octopus in there, really nice and tender. Good amount of food especially if you consider the rice underneath. I even like the mackerel that I had a serious aversion to growing up.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Beijing Chinese Dining Lexington

I ended up at Beijing Chinese Dining in Lexington for lunch today. The heat was on and they were actually busy today.

The Hot & Sour soup was back to being a bit bland and not very exciting.

A few slices of pressed beef accompanied the spring roll today. "For you to try" said the waitress and I thought I was special until I noticed that everyone got the beef.

魚香雞片 Yu Shiang Chicken ($7.95). Best translation I can find is Sichuan Chicken in Hot Garlic Sauce. Apart from chicken it also had bamboo shoots, wood ear mushrooms and snow peas. I was mildly garlicky and despite a good amount of chili oil it also lacked in heat. The chicken was cooked nicely and the Fried Rice was good as usual. Not sure why I got a spoon since I didn't get a plate to spoon things onto?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snappy Pattys Medford

The menu at Snappy Pattys in Medford is continually changing and that's a good thing. Unfortunately the French Burger I had the last time is gone but a number of items have been added to the lunch menu. Another thing that's gone is the free on street parking, now they have high tech meters that require you to enter your license plate to pay. Who the heck remembers that? The parking behind the restaurant might still be free, didn't check.

One of the new items are a Crispy Fish Sandwich ($9). Menu said tartar sauce (yep, on both buns), lemons (nope) and greens served with their delicious fries. The fish was fresh with a very light batter and cooked very nicely. Another really nice lunch and the bun was much improved. Gone is the hockey puck, replaced with a very soft and tasty bun.