Monday, August 29, 2016

Kashish Belmont

Kashish in Belmont is located in the center and is easy to find and I picked it for my weekly Indian lunch today.

There is free parking both in front and in the back. Not really sure how you get to the back parking.

The inside was very nice and modern looking with a glass-enclosed area in the back where the tandoori oven resides.

Lentil soup is included with the lunch. It was thin with crushed lentils that might have needed some more cooking. They made the soup a bit gritty. Linen napkins but glass topped tables. The lunch menu could have been a cut and paste from Punjab in Arlington.

I picked the Chicken Vindaloo ($8.95) from the lunch selection. Plenty of rice and a good sized portion of the vindaloo. That was the good part. The vindaloo completely lacked acidity and heat. I ordered it medium and it some out mild. As a vindaloo, it failed altogether, it was just chicken in a mild tomato sauce. The chicken was mostly dark meat, so that was good but the potatoes lacked seasoning. They should have been cooked in salted water. The rice was fragrant and cooked well. My water was refilled promptly.

Address 61 Leonard St, Belmont, MA 02478
Phone number (617) 484-5111

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Besito Burlington

I had to go to the Burlington Mall and it was time to revisit Besito.

I parked in the back of Sears and took a stroll inside to get to Besito. Much to my surprise, Sears are now only occupying one floor. How the mighty have fallen.

They used to have some dishes starting at $8.95 but for that you now only get a vegetarian Quesadilla, everything else is $11.95 and up. The menu has also seriously shrunk down with a lot of old favorites missing. The fresh chips and salsa are very good, the salsa was less garlicky than on my last visit. From the Street Taco's menu, I picked the Camarones ($11.95). "Crispy shrimp, salsa chipotle crema, salsa molcajete, queso fresco". They have now scaled it back so you only get one tortilla per taco. The tacos were very tasty and the shrimp was crisp and cooked nicely. The complimentary black beans and rice were also very good, both cooked perfectly. The rice was nicely flavored with green onions and pumpkin seeds. The service was indifferent but I had a male waiter.

Address 75 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803
Phone number (781) 272-9900

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Artistry on the Green Lexington

I wanted something elegant for lunch today and Artistry on the Green in Lexington have that in spades. They are also part of the Boston Dine Out week and offer a three-course lunch for $20.

As with everything else, the sign is understated but elegant.

They have managed to make a big square room into something very pleasant. Enough sound absorbing on the ceiling to make the noise bearable even during a busy lunch service.

Look at the place settings, dare I say elegant again? I started with the Chilled Corn Soup. "Chili Oil, Roasted Corn". The soup was excellent with a rich taste of corn.

This was followed by Duck Confit Sandwich. "Swiss Cheese, Pickled Ramps, Tomato, Spicy Beer Mustard". You had a choice of salad or fries. The sandwich was very good and really tasty. The mustard was not overwhelming but just an added touch. The house made fries was excellent and a seriously big serving.

I had no idea what the Butterscotch Pot de Crème was but sometimes you have to take a chance. "Crème Fraiche, Coconut Crumble". I was glad that I did since this was very enjoyable from the soft custard to the crunchy Coconut Crumble. Service from the nicely attired staff was, as usual, impeccable.

Address 2027 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington, MA 02421
Phone number (781) 301-6660

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Porch Wakefield

I had a craving for some real good chicken so I headed out to The Porch in Wakefield to see if my lunch idea would work out.

The menu is still on the blackboard and the prices are including tax, nice. The meatloaf sandwich is gone, sadly. 

The inside has changed somewhat, the display case is gone replaced by a cooler with taps. They just got a full liquor license and beer and wine will be on sale shortly.

I have to wait until another visit to see if my plan for lunch would work since they had a wing and thigh with two sides as a special for $10. Since the Mac & Cheese is outstanding I went for that and the equally good Collard Greens. The chicken was cooked perfectly, crisp on the outside and really moist on the inside. I really like the collard greens, they are not overcooked and a bit tart. Reviewers from the South also raves about them. I really appreciate that everything is cooked to order and SEASONED.

Address 41 Tuttle Street, MA 01880
Phone number (781) 245-4445

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

La Casa de Pedro Watertown

I had heard good things about La Casa de Pedro in Watertown so I was looking forward to my lunch here.

I couldn't find parking anywhere until I realised that parking in the nearby parking garage was free. It was still very busy and I ended up on level 4.

They had a really nice outdoor seating and I managed to get a table in the shade.

So I had to try their famous roasted chicken. Victoria’s Pollo en brasa ($11.50). "The best roasted chicken in the state! Served with yuca, plantains, and black bean rice". You get a quarter and unfortunately I got a breast quarter. The skin was nice and the chicken was very tasty and still juicy but it was very salty. I like salt but this was over the top salty. When I mentioned this to the waiter he said he would tell the kitchen but I really doubt that he did. The deep fried yuca was a pleasant surprise and I really liked it. Rice with black beans was tasty. I either don't get the plantains concept or just don't like them.

Nice bar inside but very few customers.

The inside dining area was very pleasant and bright.

More seating with the open kitchen in the back. 

Address 343 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472 
Phone number (617) 923-8025

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Davio'S Lynnfield

There is something comforting about going to Davio'S in Lynnfield since you know everything is going to be excellent. Much to my surprise, this is the second week of Boston Dine Out and I completely missed it last week.

Plenty of parking and the patio looked really inviting today.

The dining area is nice and doesn't get overly noisy. One of these days I have to sit at the counter and watch the kitchen in action.

They do a couple of things right, they serve from the Boston Dine Out menu on Sundays and they have a different menu for each week. I started with the Parma Prosciutto, Melon, Olive Oil. A classic but still soo very good.

This was followed by Pork Chop Milanese. "Frisée, Apples, Pinot Noir, Bacon Vinaigrette". The apples were missing but I got cherry tomatoes instead. I think the bacon vinaigrette was also missing. The bone-in pork chop was perfectly cooked and really good as was the sauce.

I finished with the Watermelon Sorbet, Champagne Soaked Watermelon, Mint. Excellent and you could really taste the champagne in the watermelon.

The little cookie tray was a nice surprise and of course, they were all delicious especially the chocolate truffle.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Casa Vallarta Saugus

Going to Casa Vallarta in Saugus just reinforced again why I don't go to anything on Rte 1 in this area but I had a craving for something Mexican-like food.

Easy to get to assuming that you are going the right direction on Rte 1 and of course, plenty of free parking.

The inside was clean and pleasant enough but it didn't get much busier than this today at lunch.

Small dining area and the bar where the staff was hanging out watching the Olympics. The bar got some customers later.

Warm chips and salsa and one of the reasons to go here, the bean dip. Just refried beans but it was tasty and a nice touch.

SEAFOOD ENCHILADAS ($9.99) from the lunch menu. "Two enchiladas stuffed with a blend of shrimp, crab, scallops, fish and fresh vegetables. Served with rice, refried, black, rancho beans and garnished with sour cream, avocado, lettuce and tomato". I went with the rancho beans that was pretty bland. The rice was nice but the avocado was so unripe that it wasn't edible. The enchiladas were very pleasant and stuffed with seafood. Service was good but the place was empty so that wasn't surprising. 

Address 114 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906 (Northbound side) 
Phone number (781) 813-3980

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