Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sichuan Gourmet Billerica

What's better on a 90+ degree day than some hot noodle soup and Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica can provide that.

This was how it looked at 11:35 AM today! This is just insane. The empty table is mine. I try to get here early and they were almost fully seated when I got here.

I haven't had the Pork Spare Ribs Noodle Soup since early spring but it is a favorite of mine so here we go again. Chewy noodles, tender pork ribs and a spicy broth with still crunchy Bok Choy is a perfect combination and really delicious. Noodles are always perfectly cooked as is the bok choy.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chopps Burlington

I went to Chopps in Burlington today for lunch and broke one of my restaurant weeks rules. Two course lunch for $20 but the menu did look really good.

First course was Pork Belly with hoisin BBQ, Napa cabbage, horse radish. This was excellent, very tender pork belly with some crunchy slaw and a very light dressing.

For the second course I went with Brandt Farms Flat Iron with roasted fingerlings, Chopp sauce with the steak ordered rare. I had to ask what the Chopp sauce was and it's just a homemade steak sauce. The potatoes was nice and piping hot but with minimal traces of having been roasted. The steak was lukewarm and at best, medium. Tasted great despite that. Service was great but they weren't exactly busy.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pennypacker's Somerville

I saw something new on Pennypacker's in Somerville menu and decided it was worth a drive over there today for lunch.

They had Chicken Banh Mi ($9) on the menu. Marinated and grilled chicken, chicken liver pate, cucumber, pickled daikon and carrot, Sriracha aioli, cilantro. The filling was excellent, lots of thinly sliced tasty chicken, maybe a tad to much cilantro, but that's personal. But the bread! A soft bun for a Banh Mi? No way, this was so wrong, fusion cuisine is all right but not this way. Not a winner. Much to my surprise, parking during the week is really easy with lots of spaces available.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tryst Arlington

I used to go to Tryst in Arlington for a very nice lunch when they first opened but they stopped doing lunch after a while, not sure if the ownership changed or what but the lunch was gone. Now the do brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Started with a Shrimp Taco: avocado, red onion & Aji crema. Perfectly cooked crispy shrimp on a tortilla. This was delicious and the waitress said that this was the most popular item. Got bread as well, but I forgot what they were.

I followed that with a Western Omelet that had country ham, peppers, onions, cheddar cheese & crispy potatoes. When they said crispy potatoes, they where not kidding! Perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and they had been SEASONED! I rarely order an omelet in a restaurant since what you usual get is cardboard with a minuscule filling. This one on the other hand was cooked almost perfectly with a heap of fillings, you can see part of it falling out. The country ham was country ham, again delicious. Salad was good with a really nice mustardy dressing. Not sure what the ketchup was doing on the plate, surely Americans don't eat ketchup with an omelet?

Sorry for being out of focus picture, only happens when I only take one picture. Bar area with a lot of high tops. The restaurant is nicely divided to keep the noise down.
This was part of restaurant week or, as it's now called, Dine Out Boston. This is one of the few times I tried a new restaurant that I definitely will go back to. This might be the only one I will visit this year since my criteria is $15 max and they must offer a two course lunch. Don't want to spend $20 for a dessert that I don't need or want.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

FuGaKyu Lynnfield

FuGaKyu in Lynnfield opened here recently, they have another location in Brookline.

This is a fairly big place and they also have outdoor seating. Sushi outdoors? Not sure about that.

The place is open and airy and very elegant. You can have a semi private small room for yourself.

Lunch comes with miso soup and salad. Not a fan of miso soup but this one was one of the better ones. Salad was fresh, there is some cucumber hiding in there as well. The dressing was better than the normal orange dressing that's so common. Look at that cute chopstick holder.

Lunch Sushi and Sashimi Combo ($18). I should have ordered this without the shellfish, even if the shrimp was better than the normally very dry shrimp that you so often get. Everything was beautifully cut and the rice was perfectly seasoned, perfect temperature and perfectly formed. Still no wasabi on the nigiri. The white fish was striped bass. The fish was very very fresh.

After the meal, a beautifully cut orange.

The Sushi Bar is all the way in the back with plenty of seating. Prices are on the high side, as can be expected, but I thought my lunch was good value for the money. Service was very friendly and prompt.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Taipei Gourmet Lexington

Just wanted a lunch special today at Taipei Gourmet in Lexington and I haven't had one since forever and didn't even know that now you get a spring roll with your entree.

The Hot & Sour soup has always been very good here. It contained some sliced porchini mushrooms and that added some umami to the soup.

Chicken with Hot Pepper ($7.99) lunch special ordered extra hot so they didn't spare on the roasted dry hot peppers. Adding more unopened peppers doesn't make it more spicy. Now if they had opened a few peppers so that the seeds could get out, that would have made it spicy. Good amount of crispy chicken, a few charred red peppers made this a nice lunch. The hot peppers was actually cooked so that they were crispy and edible not the normal chewy soft peppers that you so often get. The vegetarian Springroll was a nice surprise with a filling that actually had some texture and a crisp outside. So often the springroll is soggy with a soggy mess for filling.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thai E-Sarn Cuisine Arlington

I was going to Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington for lunch today, they announced on Facebook that they are now under new management. I wish that they also mentioned that they will be closed for the next two weeks. Instead I went across the street to Thai E-Sarn Cuisine to get some lunch.

Duck Fried Rice ($9.95). There was three small dry slices included with some nuggets hiding in the rice. Apart from the miserly amount of duck this was overall very boring. Not their best offering.