Thursday, December 31, 2015

Best Lunches in 2015

I had a lot of good lunches in 2015 with only a few misses.

Anything from the lunch menu at WooRi in Arlington. Really! The banchan is always very good and the people are soo nice.

Outstanding hole in the wall for sushi at Toraya in Arlington. Could be located anywhere in Japan.

Sakura in Winchester for all you can eat sushi for $14.95.

The refurbished and reopened MuLan in Waltham never disappoints.

For some elegant Japanese food, I really like FuGaKyu in Lynnfield. Not the cheapest place but both the service and food is really good.

I usually end up at Capital Grille in Burlington for Christmas Eve lunch but found out that they had a very decent offering for Boston's Dine Out Week. In fact, I went twice.

The Best New Restaurant goes to Cha Yen in Watertown that is run by the powerhouse Manita Bunnagitkam. She's on her way to greatness.

Despite being in the mall, Besito in Burlington serves up some very affordable and delicious Mexican food for lunch.

Another great new restaurant is Gin U Dee in Stoneham. Their crispy calamari was outstanding.

Another very good (expensive) Mexican restaurant is Temazcal in Lynnfield. The bean dip is excellent.

Cheapest and tastiest price goes to Garcia Brogan's in Waltham. Actually, I think they have to share that with Taqueria El Amigo in Waltham.

Best newly discovered Indian Lunch Buffet goes to Soul of India in Sudbury. Three soup offerings on the lunch buffet.

Best ramen goes to Santouka Ramen in Cambridge. Parking is a pain but the ramen was worth the hassle.

We can't forget Sichuan Gourmet Billerica or their other location in Framingham. Both does outstanding Sichuan dishes and the specials in both places are really interesting. I'm not sure if I ever will get around to try their Sautéed Duck Tongue w. Dry Chili but if anyone is interested in splitting the dish, I'm game.


  1. Agreed on everything but WooRi! That place I found to be terrible- they had small servings of banchan- very stingy! (and of poor/commercial/overly processed quality both times I was there!). It's a shame- I love good Korean food! I agree on everything else! :-)

    1. Look at my picture. I wouldn't call that stingy and all banchan are made on the premises, as far as I know.

    2. I tried them again over the weekend and my opinion stands on the banchan quality. They've gone up in size for the banchan, and yelp seems to have noticed that too. But they served four banchan: an overcooked, dried out chick pea, a gloppy mayo heavy coleslaw, spicy kimchi that was not at all spicy, and nice, fresh slightly pickled green beans. 1/4

      I guess YMMV to the consumer, eh? :-) Nice blog and we agree on all the other things!!