Friday, December 19, 2014

Besito Burlington

Is Besito in the Burlington Mall an authentic Mexican Restaurant? I have no idea and I really don't care. Is the food good and well prepared, served in a nice environment with excellent service? Yes and what more do you need and it's also very reasonable priced for lunch with ample portions.

You can always start off by stuffing yourself with the warm chips and excellent salsa.

The menu has also changed a bit with more lunch choices and the street tacos now come on either soft or crispy tortillas. This is the Street Tacos Carnitas ($10.95) on soft tortillas. Pork carnitas, organic romaine lettuce, black bean salsa, pickled red onion and queso fresco. The pork was excellent and is a nice addition to the menu. It was a really good amount of tender pork and coupled with the included rice and beans I was stuffed. Of course I had to many chips and salsa to start out with but I'm not complaining. This is really a good value for the money and the service was, as always, excellent. I wonder if that had anything to do with almost filling the place up at lunchtime today?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Beijing Chinese Dining Lexington

Went back to Beijing Chinese Dining in Lexington for some more lunch specials. They where fairly busy today.

The Hot & Sour soup come out smelling strongly of vinegar and I didn't think I was going to be able to eat it but it actually starts to resemble a decent H&S Soup now. A couple slices of shiitake mushrooms helped too.

Second time for the Twice Cooked Pork ($7.95) and this time all the pieces of pork was nice and tender and the fried rice was really good. If they could just add some ham to the rice it would be a proper fried rice as it should be. The pork was marked as spicy on the menu but seriously lacked heat. Next time I'll ask for extra spicy, no big deal. Pretty happy with my lunch today.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Dumpling Daughter Weston

Foodwise Weston is a wasteland but now Dumpling Daughter has opened in a small shopping mall. It's run by the daughter of Sally Ling of the long-gone Sally Ling's restaurant on the waterfront.

It's a bright room, you order at the counter, get a number and the food is brought out to you. Yes, #10 was me. Lots of wasted space in front of the counter and I moved my table away from the wall to get more elbow room. Of course the line formed in front of where I was sitting. They got busy and there was a fair amount of takeout, good for them. Food seems to come out as it's ready, I got my ramen way before the dumplings arrived.

Pan Seared Pork and Napa Cabbage dumplings ($6) was six plump and juicy dumplings perfectly fried and they where bursting with the tasty filling and the skins was nice and tender. The price is on pair with what you pay in other restaurants.

Three Day Pork Ramen ($12). NOT the instant kind!!!!!! Classic pork broth, fresh ramen noodles, pork belly, soft egg, bamboo, red pickled ginger, kombu seaweed, scallions. Not exactly cheap but the broth was nice, but could have been fattier, and there was three big slices of belly in there. The noodles was perfectly cooked, delivered fresh from Brooklyne, NY. Nice to have an accessible place where you can get a decent bowl of ramen.

This gave me an excuse to visit my former mechanics at the Boston Sportscar just up the street. They are still doing Ferraris and you can see Michael the mechaninc sitting in the middle. He has been with them since they opened. Really nice guys doing very nice work.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Simply Khmer Lowell

Time for some soup and wings at Simply Khmer in Lowell and it wasn't very busy today but it's also a kind of crummy day.

This will brighten up anyones day, Spicy Wings ($7.50). Crispy, spicy absolutley delicious wings but some looked like they had been reheated and was kind of dry. Update. After finishing the leftover wings, all were overcooked and dry but the outside was still delicious.

Kuy-Tiev Special Regular size ($5.95) is a big bowl of Rice noodles, beef, meat balls, seafood, bean sprouts, cilantro, scallion, in house broth. Broth was a bit weak today but the noodles was nice and firm. A couple of fresh shrimps, fake crab, some slices of fish cake and meatballs. The meat could have been more tender but overall it's a decent lunch, especially for the price. Service can be spotty but was very pleasant today.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Taipei Gourmet Lexington

I haven't had the duck at Taipei Gourmet in Lexington for a while so I thought it would be a nice Sunday lunch on a very nice day.

Not much you can do with a big ugly square room but they are doing their best, added curtains and sun shades. Fairly busy today with a lot of families having the Taiwanese Dim-Sum (Dian Xin).

Crispy Duck Rice Plate ($7.59) was good as usual but there is a lot of bones involved but I'm happy anyway.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

FuGaKyu Lynnfield

I again needed to visit Whole Foods so I combined that with lunch at FuGaKyu in Lynnfield.

The skating on the commons was in full swing on a day that has gone from snow to rain to snow and then to full sunshine.

My normal window table had a nice view of the skating rink. Soup and salad arrives promptly and even if I'm not a fan of miso soup, this one isn't bad.

Katsu Curry ($12.00) is a big bowl with the delicious japanese curry and this time ordered with pork katsu instead of the chicken cutlet. Is there anything more boring than chicken? Yes, turkey breast.. Anyway, this was as good as ever. You do get a spoon so that the last drop of the curry can be consumed.

Friday, December 12, 2014

WooRi Arlington

I can't wait to eat my way through the lunch menu at WooRi in Arlington and today it was time for a stew. I'm not that familiar with Korean food apart from the Kalbi, Bibimbab and Bulgogi etc so there is lot of new and interesting stuff here to try.

Today's selection of banchan, top left was potato and I wasn't too excited about that but the radish, bottom left, was good as was the rest of them. The white kimchi, top middle, is very good.

Kimchi stew ($10) was HOT temperature wise, you can see the broth bubbling away. Served with rice on the side. Interesting dish but I liked it a lot despite it being a bit sour. It also had some pork hiding in there. I must admit that I really stuffed myself today but eating this with the rice was delightful.