Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Taipei Gourmet Lexington

Time for another excellent lunch at Taipei Gourmet in Lexington.

The last time I had the Beef with Hot Long Pepper ($7.99) from the Lunch Specials Menu I completely forgot to take a picture but this time I remembered. The beef was nicely charred and not mushy at all, very nice texture and the peppers were actually hot today. Normally the long peppers are quite mild but not today so overall this was an excellent dish. They were quite busy at lunch today with people waiting for tables at one o'clock.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thana Thai Kitchen Arlington

Thana Thai Kitchen in Arlington opened recently in the space vacated by Lady Siam, another Thai restaurant. It can't be the location that causes all these restaurants to fail in this location since Toraya next door has been here forever and Blue Ribbon BBQ just up the street is an institution.

They have big windows and plenty of parking behind the restaurant.

Interior is a bit drab, no table cloths, no flowers and no decorations, but it's bright and clean.

I ordered an appetizer, Curry Puff ($7). Chicken, onion and potato served with a cucumber relish. There was nothing puffy about these rock hard puffs and the filling had just traces of chicken and a very faint curry taste.

I also ordered Drunken Noodles ($10). Stir-fried wide rice noodles with baby corn, carrot, bell pepper, string bean and black fungus in spicy basil sauce. First of all, this arrived at the same time as the appetizer, whar are they thinking about and it wasn't just me either, a table next to me had the same thing happening. This was a pretty good rendering of this classic dish and it come out about medium spicy and that was fine. I like the fresh green peppercorns and the black fungus. I could do without the canned baby corn and the chunky pieces of carrots. One big drawback here is that they don't have any lunch specials, they have some lunch combos, but they are in the $12 range so if you are looking for some reasonable priced Thai food for lunch, this is not the place. No ambiance and too expensive for lunch.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Zaika Woburn

With all the new Indian Restaurants opening in Woburn and Burlington, I think that Zaika Indian Bistro in Woburn is one of the best. Ritu Ki Rasoi in Burlington is also very very good, but only vegetarian and everything apart from the bread and the dosa is self-service. For a dollar less, at Zaika you get a full-service buffet with linen napkins, impeccably dressed waiters, choice of garlic or plain naan. Not to forget, you also get an owner who really cares and a cheerful staff.

Lunch Buffet ($8.95) started with a delicious vegetarian Samosa and a few pieces of Fish Pakora that was lightly coated and cooked perfectly. I lucked out today because they had Tandoori Chicken Wings on the buffet and there is nothing better. The garlic Naan was light and with enough garlic on it.

I forgot to take pictures of the labels, but here we have another Chicken Wing, a delicious Chicken Tikka Masala, Saag Paneer, Yellow Dal and Kidney Beans. I usually skip the Tikka Masala since most offerings are just meh but decided to make an exception today. Everything was cooked perfectly and seasoned really well and that's not too common on a buffet. For the price, this small but select buffet is a steal. They were also really busy at lunch today, but the staff kept the buffet spotless.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Szechuan's Dumpling Arlington

I decided to try Szechuan's Dumpling in Arlington for my Sunday lunch and order from the regular menu. Their lunch menu is still lacking interesting dishes. They were pretty busy at lunchtime with a lot of the customers being Chinese.

I picked Lamb in Spicy Sauce ($14.95) from the Chef's Specials menu. I also got a white rice ($1.25) and it was a small bowl of mushy rice. The lamb was really good and tasted of lamb and it was nice and really spicy. It was also a really big portion with a few peppers and some onions so no complaints here. On a side note, their Web site seems to have gone missing.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cha Yen Watertown

Another perfect day for a top down ride so I decide to make the trip to Cha Yen Thai Cookery in Watertown to check a dish I had my eye on for a while. Their updated menu is now available on the website.

The dish is the Salmon Mango Salad ($9). Mangoes, red onions, cilantro, scallion, chili, lime juice and cashew nuts. I asked for the salmon to be rare, but she would have none of that, but it was nicely grilled and still moist when it arrived and very tasty. I'm not much of a salad guy, but this was absolutely delicious with a very nice dressing and everything was very fresh. It was also really good value for the money.

Friday, August 28, 2015

AKA Bistro Lincoln

I went back to AKA Bistro in Lincoln to try this week's Dine Out menu since I had such a pleasant first visit.

I started with Salmon paté and artichoke with blue cheese and caramelized onion fondue. Unfortunately, the fondue was so strong with the blue cheese that it overpowered the salmon pate. The artichokes were very tasty but had too much fibrous stuff left on so it was hard to eat them. The fondue on the bread was really tasty.

Mains was the House made Summer sausage with grilled corn and lime ash sour cream. This was really good with some cheese to put on top of the corn. The big slices are watermelon radishes. How do you eat corn on the cob without picking it up and go for it? I was sitting at the counter today so I couldn't see what other patrons did.

Dessert was Fruits tart with piment d’Espelette ice cream. This was also very good with a very light puff pastry at the bottom and a really tasty ice cream. Thanks to a fellow driver I didn't get a speeding ticket in a 30 mph zone. I'm looking forward to try their daily Menu du Jour and the Executive Menu.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blue Ginger Wellesley

So I went back to Blue Ginger in Wellesley for the second week of Boston Dine Out. What I didn't realize before was that the Dine Out dishes was on the regular menu as well. You do get a discount during the two weeks that Boston Dine out runs.

This time I started with the Chilled Corn and Ginger Soup with chorizo crumble, lime leaf creama and corn nuts. This was an excellent cold soup, really delicious.

Yes, I had the Spicy Paella with House Chorizo, herb jasmine rice and kimchi aioli again. It was as good as the last time and since it's on the regular lunch menu, I can go back for more.

The interior is very nice with the open kitchen and I got a really nice table in the back so I had a really good view. They get impressibly busy even at lunch. Again, the service was impeccable.