Monday, June 29, 2015

Sichuan Gourmet Billerica

I didn't want a too big lunch today and since I have a big dinner coming up, and an early lunch would be good so I headed to Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica and when I got there at 11:35, a good number of tables was already occupied. Get here early or be prepared to wait.


I realized that I had never tried anything from the "normal" lunch menu so here's the Kung Bao Chicken ($7.95) with Crab Rangoons. It looks like a very brown dish and that was just about how it tasted. It's marked as one pepper on the menu and it was vaguely spicy and way too sweet, but the chicken was cooked nicely. People have been raving about this dish on social media but also mentioning ordering this extra spicy and that might be a good idea to tone down the sweetness a bit. I never eat Crab Rangoons and these just proved that this is a good thing. H&S soup is alway good here, but the food arrives soo quickly that I don't have time to eat much of it. The pickled veggies were the best thing today.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bonefish Grill Burlington

Time for some Sunday Brunch at Bonefish Grill in Burlington on this rainy and cold Sunday.


This is how my Bang Bang Shrimp Eggs Benedict with a toasted English muffin, crispy shrimp, poached eggs, green onions + spicy Hollandaise sauce (11.3) looked when it arrived. Normally it looks like this. I have no idea what I got instead of the Hollandaise sauce. Apart from that it was fine, nicely poached eggs and the potatoes were cooked correctly this time and the price hasn't increased. It was cold outside and so was the inside of the restaurant as well.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Cha Yen Watertown

Time for some more delicious Thai cooking from Cha Yen Thai Cookery in Watertown and again metered street parking was available close to them. They will be closed over the 4th of July weekend and will then update the menu, no big changes, but some new additions.


I decided to try the Ka Pow ($8.50) with pork. "Chili, garlic, Thai basil, sweet peppers, green beans Available in ground chicken or ground pork." It was marked as spicy on the menu and at first I thought it was mild, but the heat sneaked up on you and the whole thing was delicious, with everything, including the veggies, cooked perfectly. The pork was nice and tender. Another excellent lunch at this small eatery.

Friday, June 26, 2015

You You Nashua

I used to frequent You You Japanese Bistro in Nashua when I worked up here and it was nice to see that they are still in business and since I was in the area I decided to stop by for lunch today. They are really well hidden next to a big shopping plaza.



The interior is sleek and modern but despite all the windows, it's a bit dark inside. They were not that busy either today.



I was going to have my old standby dish but when I saw that they had Ramen on the menu I took my other choice as a takeout for dinner instead. The menu said Ramen Noodles with Roasted Pork ($7.50). "Ramen noodles in stock and topped with slices of roasted pork". A classic ramen it was not but I got exactly what the menu said. The noodles wasn't classical noodles either but some generic ramen noodle, they lacked the alkaline undertone that good ramen noodles have. The broth was fine but lacked depth and the pork were tender and cooked nicely. It was a smallish bowl and I left the spoon in as a reference. Despite my grumblings, it was a nice lunch. Oh, there were also a forgettable miso soup included.



Here's my old standby, Curry Chicken/Pork ($9). "Chicken (white meat) or pork with vegetables in a creamy spicy yellow curry and served with steamed rice". I ordered it, as usual, with pork and it's a nicely cooked breaded pork cutlet with a tasty Japanese curry sauce with vegetables. It tastes way better than what the photo shows.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Taipei Gourmet Lexington

After a visit to the dentist this morning I had a quarter of my face gone so I figured that a noodle soup at Taipei Gourmet in Lexington was in order.


Spicy Noodle Soup with Pork ($7.59) ordered extra spicy. I might have to be careful of what I ask for since this come out seriously spicy. Look at that color of the soup itself, this was really nice and rich and the noodles were cooked perfectly.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One Thong Chai Andover

I was in the area today and decided to check out One Thong Chai Thai Cuisine in Andover at lunch time today. They are just off Main Street in downtown Andover and I easily found parking on Main Street within walking distance.


I settled on Seafood Madness ($9.95) from the lunch menu. Everything was cooked well, even the veggies, not just heated up but actually cooked correctly. The seafood was also cooked properly and the sauce was delicious and the spiciness was spot on for one star. This was a nicely executed dish.



It's a small place, but the inside was nice. Unfortunately, you get the glass-topped tables and paper napkins. Service was really nice.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Ritu Ki Rasoi Burlington

Ritu Ki Rasoi in Burlington is an Indian vegetarian restaurant that has been in business for a long time. They are hidden behind an auto parts store with no visibility from the street at all. I visited shortly after they opened and the dining room was dark and dingy with folding chairs and picnic tables, no buffet and the menu was unreadable to me so I left but social media sites love this place. They also have stayed in business while the competition across the street hasn't.



They now at least have a sign outside the restaurant.



They do a lunch buffet and also a Wednesday night buffet that features food from different regions that are changing weekly.



There is a good amount of dishes including salad and fresh fruit. Everything was nice and hot.



I started with Sambar Soup that was really tasty as was the Mix Veg Bonda. They had shards of Papads on the buffet and you also get freshly made Roti bread. They will bring you a freshly made Dosa the was really good with a bit of heat. The bread and dosas are unlimited. Water is self-serve and the only thing available are small plastic cups.



From the top, we have some kind of Biriyani (ok), Cabbage Thoran (very good), Aloo Matar (good) and Veg do Pyaza (ok) with Masoor Daal on the side. The daal was piping hot and I thought it was just OK, but after it cooled down a bit it turned out to be very good. The potatoes in the Aloo Matar was cooked perfectly. How do they do that?



The dining room is now bright will nice booths and OK tables. There are more tables in the next room. Overall I was very happy with the visit and I'm glad I finally went back. The buffer is $9.95 and I'm not sure if you leave a tip here or not since everything is self-serve and you have to pay at the register.

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