Saturday, October 25, 2014

FuGaKyu Lynnfield

Again I took the short ride up to FuGaKyu in Lynnfield for some, hopefully, nice Saturday lunch.

Nice window table and as you can see, the bamboo shades was down. Makes you feel good here just sitting down, the place settings are so neat. Look at that little fish to rest your chopsticks on.

FUGAKYU NOODLE. Served with salad & fruit ($12.50). This is a pick your own with choices for Toppings, Noodle and Broth. I picked Seafood, Udon noodle and Spicy. As expected it wasn't a ton of seafood but enough and everything was cooked perfectly. Not sure what to do with the shiitake mushroom so I just left it. Was it spicy? Yes but not overly so, didn't overpower the seafood. Looks to be a ton of noodles right?

Turns out that the bottom of the bowl is filled with shredded cabbage so the amount of noodles was just right for lunch. The cabbage was in fact pretty tasty in that spicy broth.

No takers for the outdoor seating. Nice and sunny day but we are at the end of October after all.

Friday, October 24, 2014

WooRi Arlington

WooRi in Arlington got written up in the Boston Globe this week and was absolutely packed at lunchtime today.

The Banchan with my lunch special today was cucumber and daikon, onion and kimchi. All was delicious and really well made. I was surprised at how good the onion was.

Spicy Squid Lunch special Combo ($11) with Crispy Rice Cake as the special snack. The rice cake was spicy and crisp with a interesting texture, really chewy but it did grow on me and I finished it. The spicy squid was basically the same prep as the spicy pork belly. The squid was a bit unevenly cooked with some pieces bordering on chewy. The spicy sesame paste is a nice addition with another layer of spicy.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Masa Woburn

Masa in Woburn recently changed their lunch menu so I decided to pay them a visit for lunch today.

You still get the breadbasket with cornbread and couple of slices of delicious rustic bread. Red pepper, Maple and Chipotle spreads are also included. The chipotle had a nice kick to it today. Of course you get linen napkins.

Soup, Salad and Sandwich or Taco (9.95). The soup of the day was a lentil soup today and that won me over. The soup was really good, rich and very flavorful. Sandwich was the Cubano, also tasty but might have been in the press a tad to long since it was overly crispy. The Caesar salad is their variation with Crispy Blue Corn Tortillas and Cotija Cheese. Very pleasant meal in a nice room and the service is always very good. They also have a frequent lunch program, pay for four and the fifth is free.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beijing Chinese Dining Lexington

I went back to the recently opened Beijing Chinese Dining in Lexington to try something that the last time piqued my interest.

Chinese Muffin Stuffed with Pot Roast Pork or Beef ($7.95) here ordered with the pork. This is what I got, no rice or soup was included. If you goggle the Chinese characters on the menu (肉夾饃) it translates to Rou jia mo or meat burger and that's exactly what it was.

Inside is chopped pork with cilantro in a very dense and chewy bun. It was OK, not very exciting and the bun was to dense for me. I got here just before noon and the heat was off and it was freezing inside and didn't warm up for about 15 minutes so don't get here early on a cold day. I never understood why restaurants put names like "Yu Shiang Chicken" on the menu unless they are looking for a Chinese clientele only. How about Chicken in Garlic sauce? Maybe this is why they only had a couple tables going at lunchtime today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Szechuan's Dumpling Arlington

Overcast and gray today so I decided to visit Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington to try a noodle soup for lunch.

Pork and Pickled Vegetables Noodle Soup ($8.95). There was a lot of good stuff included with the pork and I like the thicker noodle but unfortunately the whole thing was very bland, could have done with a handful of seasoning. Good amount of pork and there was some shitaake mushrooms included as well. I'm currently reading Nicole Mones "The Last Chinese Chef" so there might be a lot of Chinese food eaten this week.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Punjab Arlington

Punjab in Arlington is my Monday Indian lunch restaurant. Lunch prices recently increased by a dollar but that was kind of expected, don't remember when the last increase was and I have been going here for years.

Interior is very nice and I like the little patio area next to the windows. Notice the crooked lamppost in the background. How drunk do you have to be to hit a lamppost in the sidewalk?

Today I just ordered an appetizer of the specials menu but I got the lunch lentil soup anyway. Guess it pays to be a regular.

Chili Wings ($6.95) from the specials section of the menu. Breaded, then deep fried and finished of in a chili sauce. Perfectly cooked and really tender and juicy and HOT. They had a good kick, not deadly but very nice.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Origin Thai BistroTewksbury

Origin Thai Bistro in Tewksbury opened recently in a spot left by another longtime Thai restaurant, Tuk Tuk.

Interior isn't very exciting but they had good quality furniture and the big windows let in plenty of light.

I got a salad with my lunch order and that was a nice surprise. It also had a very nice dressing not the ordinary orange stuff but something tasty.

Drunken Noodle. ($7.95). Soft flat rice noodles with red & green bell pepper, onions, string beans, bamboo shoots and basil leaves flavored with basil leaves. My choice of meat was pork and it was nice and tender. You also get a crispy spring roll with your lunch. The crispy roll was good with a nice dipping sauce. The whole dish was very nicely spiced with a nice kick from the two peppers marking. Veggies was nicely cooked and there was tons of pork included and the bamboo shots had been nicely julienned. A really nice rendering of another classic dish and an old favorite of mine.

Update. I went back here for lunch again the next day since I was in the area.

Duck Volcano ($10.95). Crispy boneless half duck served over steamed fresh vegetables with a sweet chili and yellow onion sauce. This was supposed to be two peppers and I also asked for it spicy but it lacked heat and hence was way to sweet. The steamed veggies was broccoli so that was another miss and to top it off, the duck was really really dry.

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