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 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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Friday, October 17, 2014

Temazcal Lynnfield

Temazcal Tequila Cantina in Lynnfield is the latest restaurant addition to the Market Street complex.

They are located next door to The Yard House and they also have an heated outdoor patio.

Enormous bar with seating all around. TV's everywhere. The interior is very nice.

Very nice silverware and of course, linen napkins. The chips was excellent, fresh and warm and comes with a green salsa and a red one as well as beans. Neither of the salsas was outstanding and the best one was the smooth beans, they where very flavorful and very nice.

Chile Relleno ($15) with braised shortribs, poblano, corn salsa, pico de gallo, cotija cheese, mexican saffron rice and black beans is what the menu said. Not sure if it was cotija cheese or not and there was also a very light salad with advocado slices included. No pico de gallo. The Chile Relleno was an open poblano chili with the shortribs on top. This was very nice and really tasty. The black beans was my least favorite and when I mentioned that the beans with the chips was way better than these, the waiter said that these was vegetarian... Service was very good and it's a really pleasant place. I have to come back and try the fish tacos, they looked really good.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sichuan Gourmet Billerica

I had to go back to Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica to see if the Hot and Sour Wonton soup was as good as I remember it.

The Hot and Sour Wonton Soup ($8.95) was again delicious and really both hot and sour and I'm still surprised at how much I like this. The Bok Choy is nicely cooked and there is a ton of wontons included. After I had eaten my self silly there was still about ten of them left.
Question, what shot looks better? I usually do the first one but 90% of professional pictures user the overhead shot like the second one.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cilantro Woburn

Back to Cilantro in Woburn to try an old favorite dish of mine, one that I try in every Vietnamese Restaurant.

Bun Thit Nuong ($7.95). Choice of meat on top of vermicelli, shredded lettuce, mint, bean sprouts and roasted peanuts. Served with nuoc cham. Here it is with pork, you can also get it with chicken or beef. First, the noodles was piping hot, so often you get this with lukewarm noodles. The veggies was cut nicely and really fresh but the star of the dish was the pork. Not the leanest cut but really tender, nicely marinated and nicely charred on the grill. One of the best rendering of this classic dish. The nuoc cham was also good and I'm assuming it was homemade. Very quiet today but it's an gorgeous day, almost spring like.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Chili's Burlington

Chili's in Burlington again tempted me with a free appetizer when buying an adult entree so I decided to give them another try. I didn't have high hopes but they have added some new things to the menu and the "Fresh Mex" section looked somewhat interesting. Barnes & Noble are next door and always worth a visit

Every table now has a touch screen device, you can order drinks and desserts as well as pay the bill. I really like the pay at the table, no hassle and your card never leaves the table. Of course, in Europe this has been the standard for at least ten years.

Southwest Pairings, Chose Two ($8). Green Chile Enchilada and Beef Enchilada was my two choices and it also comes with rice and beans and a salsa. The rice was WAY under-cooked but the beans was delicious and the salsa had a good tang to it. I expected the green chili enchilada to have a green chili inside but it was just chicken with a green chili sauce on top but the chicken was nice and it was chicken chunks and not just shredded chicken. Beef enchilada had ground beef inside as expected and it was nicely seasoned. This whole thing was a nice surprise, way better than expected.

The free appetizer to go was Wings Over Buffalo (normally $9.79) with celery and blue cheese dressing. This will make a nice dinner tonight.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bonefish Grill Burlington

Back to Bonefish Grill in Burlington for some more brunch on a nice and sunny Sunday.

Cajun Shrimp omelet (10.3) with goat cheese, onions, sweet bell peppers +creole sauce. This was delicious and the omelet was way better than the last time, I think I must have gotten an all eggwhite omelet that time. This time it was nice and yellow and really delightful and very tasty. Potato au Gratin was cheesy and cooked perfectly. As you can see I got my nice and sunny window table again.