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Review: Basho Japanese Brasserie

A tasty fusion of new and traditional Japanese fare
Weirdly situated in the Fenway, this large restaurant from the owners of Back Bay's Douzo conveys an immediate sense of space well apportioned, with the minimalist fascination of the best haiku.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 24, 2010

Review: Wu's

Turning up the heat in Westerly
When I heard that Wu’s was the favorite restaurant of a vegetarian acquaintance, I thought we might give it a try.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 08, 2010
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Bombay Club

A favorite local Indian eatery finds a new home
As we were on our way home from dinner at Bombay Club, Mrs. Nadeau said, "We didn't try any curries — we missed that."
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 09, 2010
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Lee’s Store and Bakery

Another worthy source for one of Boston’s best budget sandwiches
I’ve long relied on Web sites like Chowhound and Yelp for tips on new restaurants.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 14, 2010
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Yasu

Tiptoeing into the shallow end of the Korean-cuisine pool
I adore Korean “BBQ”: marinated slices of raw meats that you cook on a little grill inset directly into your tabletop.
By MC SLIM JB  |  May 05, 2010
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Buddachen

Jae’s grill is reborn with pan-Asian zen
The Web site says “modern Asian bistro” and the other description they’ve put out is “ultra trendy modern Asian cuisine.”
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 05, 2010
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Cafe Mamtaz

Bracing subcontinental flavors burst into Southie
You have to admire pioneers in the restaurant business like Pho Republique, which took a big risk in 1999 by opening in a half-gentrified corner of the South End.
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 14, 2010
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Second act

Veranda opens an excellent Noodle Bar
One of the fundamental principles of marketing is that since competition is inevitable, you might as well be your own rival.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 14, 2010
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Tremont Street Cafe

 Just your typical South End deli/bakery/cafe/juice bar/gelateria/organic convenience store
Many budget restaurants I review have a single-item focus: hot dogs, banh mi, zapiekanki. They say, “We do one thing, and do it really well.” Then there are the Swiss army knives.  
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 07, 2010
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Red Lentil Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant

No meat? No problem.
By now everyone knows Red Lentil is dog-plays-the-piano good. It’s the best all-vegetarian and lots-vegan restaurant Boston has ever had. The question before us is: is it actually good -good?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 29, 2010

Sawaddee Thai Restaurant

Let a thousand spices bloom
Sometimes I think back to when there were no Thai restaurants in Providence.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 17, 2010
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The Big Ligotti

Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
Like his homeboy Scott Brown, Boston's elephant in the room is poised to make noise beyond Massachusetts
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 03, 2010
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Dosa Factory

Indian street-food snacks and more, tucked in the back of a grocery store
I tend to be skeptical of retail/restaurant combinations. IKEA serves frankfurters and Swedish meatballs, but you'd hardly drive there just to dine.
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 03, 2010

Review: India restaurant

A Feast for the Senses
At one time in the mid-'90s, India had branched out to three or four restaurants in Providence and the East Bay.
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 24, 2010
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Adventures in pot stickers

Exploring new worlds of flavor
My friend from Thailand taught me how to make real pot stickers and pad Thai.
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  January 13, 2010
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The Regal Beagle

A quirky neighborhood that puts all the pieces together
The Regal Beagle is making a quick success doing what almost all the new restaurants want to do: small plates; comfort food with a gourmet twist; a mixture of high and low; a bit of locovore, green, and slow fare; some salty fast food; interesting drinks; and scrambled nostalgia.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 13, 2010

Kabuki

Cuisine off the beaten path
Japanese restaurants can be too predictable.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 30, 2009

Spice

A hot and cheap Thai bistro
You might find it difficult to believe, but at one time there were no Thai restaurants in Providence. I know, I know, it’s sad — no pad Thai, no pik pow sauce, such deprivation, such shamed downward glances in the streets.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 21, 2009
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2009: The year in cheap eats

A good year to dine 'On the Cheap,' for many reasons
In the wake of the Bush Recession, it's been gratifying to spend 2009 noting how many good budget-priced restaurants Boston has.
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 24, 2009

Ama’s

Don’t read this, please
I'm in a quandary. I want to tell you about Ama's, but it's a tiny place with very few seats, and I really don't want to see a line outside the next time I show up.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2009
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Indian Dhaba

Mumbai street-food novelties and worthy fusion cuisine
The phrase “fusion cuisine” inspires dread in me — I’ve been served too many misconceived culinary mash-ups over the years, usually European sauces awkwardly force-fit onto Asian foundations, or vice-versa.
By MC SLIM JB  |  December 09, 2009
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Myung Dong 1st Avenue

Can a Korean dive bar serve the masses? Certainly, with alcoholic melon drinks.
Myung Dong refers to a high-rent, youth-oriented shopping district in Seoul, thus "1st Avenue" is a kind of evocation of both Fifth Avenue and SoHo. This restaurant has a variety of Japanese and Korean dishes, but the idea is to appeal to a young crowd, more specifically a drinking crowd.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  December 09, 2009
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Busy options

Sampling Kon Asian's broad spectrum
For a place that is largely about performative hibachi dining and Asian kitsch, Kon is very into the Buddha.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 02, 2009

Café Fresco

A terrific Monday night special, and more
Restaurants come and restaurants go.
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  November 23, 2009
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Vinh Sun BBQ and Restaurant

Cantonese roast meats and much more
Constrained by a small word count, I often choose restaurants with relatively short menus. I correctly took Vinh-Sun to be a Cantonese "BBQ" specialist, a retailer of roast pork, whole suckling pigs, ducks, and chickens. But it's also a spanking-clean Chinatown restaurant serving a broad Cantonese and Hong Kong menu.
By MC SLIM JB  |  November 25, 2009
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Some strong choices

Shima melds tastes, traditions well
A pan-Asian restaurant comes in handy if you are having trouble making a decision. But thanks to several openings in the last year, Portlanders looking for a menu with several Asian cuisines will have to make a choice.
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 25, 2009
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Bubor Cha Cha

Some call it inauthentic, but this is Malaysian fusion done well
I’m not an enthusiast of fusion food, but I do like the cuisine of Malaysia, where history has developed a four-way fusion cuisine.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 21, 2009
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Punjab Palace

A quality Indian bargain spot deserving of multiple visits
Punjab Palace — by the same owners of Kenmore Square’s India Quality — “proves to be the kind of kid brother that would make any older sibling proud,” my colleague MC Slim JB wrote last year. That’s true, but this is also another second-tier Indian restaurant. So why do Slim and I like it so much?
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  October 15, 2009

Kabob and Curry

So many choices! So many flavors!!
You know you've come to the right neighborhood when you can smell Indian spices in the air instead of over-used French fry oil!
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  October 07, 2009
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J.M.P. International Foods

An Indian food-court stall delivers the home-style goods
Hooking up with a great cheap-eats restaurant can be like finding romance: you can scour the wide world in vain, then one day discover something terrific right under your nose.
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 11, 2009

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