Sunday, March 29, 2015

MuLan Waltham

A sunny Sunday so I drove down to Mulan in Waltham for some lunch and a chance to try a MuLan Special dish.

This used be be called House Special Fish but are now just called Mu Lan Special Fish ($14.95) and it was an enormous bowl of perfectly cooked fish in a spicy sauce that was both fragrant and really really spicy. They don't hold back on the spiciness here so this is not for the faint of heart but it was seriously tasty.

I also ordered the Vegetable Fried Rice ($7.95). I think they put the junior chef on this since the veggies wasn't as finely diced as the last time. They were seriously busy at lunch today and there was only two non asian customers and the other one was there with his girlfriend and her family. They are also now open 7 days a week.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Besito Burlington

Note to self: "Don't go to Besito in Burlington on a Saturday". I had to park almost down at Sears and and then walk, in the snow and sleet, all the way back. If I had thought about it, I should have parked even further down, and then entered the mall at Sears and walked inside to Besito.

Mole Poblano Enchiladas ($12.95) was three shredded chicken baked in a home made mole poblano with queso fresco and onions served with table rice and beans. The mole poblano was really really good, rich in flavor with a hint of chocolate and the chicken was also moist and flavorful. Add in the fresh chips and tasty salsa and it almost made the walk in the sleet and snow bearable. The menu keeps on changing, and I think, improving. This is really such a nice place with a reasonable priced lunch menu.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sakura Winchester

Time for some all you can eat sushi at Sakura in Winchester. Not really spring yet but there is hope.

My normal selection Tuna and Salmon Nigiri with a some flying fish roe. The Maki used to be called white tuna but it's now renamed to Spicy White Fish with crunch. This is more correct since there ins't anything called white tuna.

The Shrimp Tempura was soggy, maybe the fryes was to cold and the Tempura Squid was straight out of a supermarket frozen section. Terrible but a different terrible from the first time I tried it. The Tempura Scallops come out later and was actually quite good.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Masa Woburn

Time for my free lunch at Masa in Woburn, pay for four and the fifth is free. I actually paid for five since I forgot to get the stamp once, will not happen again.

The soup of the day was spicy creamed corn and it was really good. Cubano and Caesar salad completed the lunch, not bad for $9.95. Bread basket and spreads are included.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Zoe's Somerville

Zoe's Chinese Restaurant in Somerville was closed for a while last year after the facade fell down but are now open again. I had a couple of places to check out in the area so I decided to visit for lunch today. I remember this place from when it was Chef Lee's and I miss his tea smoked duck.

I had heard good things about their Ma Po Tofu ($8.25) and decided to try it and ordered it extra spicy, It was extra spicy and i give them credit for that. Not sure if there was any actual sichuan peppercorns involved, couldn't smell any nor did I see any but apart from that it was delicious. You also get an springroll and it was nice and light with mostly soft cabbage inside. You also have a choice of soups with the lunch specials and the H&S soup was also very tasty. I might be back to try some of their noodles soups.

Gone is the dark interior from Chef Lee's days and now it's an light and airy place that seemed to do a brisk lunch business and a fair amount of takeout. As a bonus you get a 5% discount for paying cash.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fishbones Chelmsford

I was going to have my regular tuna sandwich at Fishbones in Chelmsford but then I spotted the daily lunch special.

HAKE & AND STRIPPED BASS CASSEROLE ($11.99). (I believe they meant striped bass ;-)). Hake and striped bass with braised onions topped with bread crumbs and baked in a casserole, served with rice and asparagus. What you see in the background is the actual kitchen. Rice was nice, asparagus cooked perfectly and the casserole was tasty as well with a good amount of nicely cooked fish. Yup, linen napkins. They now give you a bottle of water, nice.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Yard House Lynnfield

The Yard House in Lynnfield is one busy place, at least on a Sunday lunch, the place was packed.

Lunch special ($9.95). Half a sandwich, grilled pastrami, and a Caesar salad. Sandwich was good with pickled jalapenos and horseradish spread. Not to impressed with the caesar dressing. Nice little lunch plate.