Morse Fish Company

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2017 | 1401 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

We walked by this place by chance. We didn’t actually try any of their hot food and only bought some stuff from their market section. It has a huge seafood selection (mainly deep-fried). We’d love to come back to order from their restaurant menu in the future.

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Lobster ($16 each; 3 for $45) [It’s a generous amount for $16 and it was fresh. This doesn’t come with seasoning but it’s already salty due to sea water. We mainly bought it for the convenience factor.]
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Crab cake ($2.25) [We can’t taste any crab in this, it was more like a potato croquette. However we still found it delicious]
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Stuffed clams ($2.25) [It is on the salty side, but there is a generous amount of clams in this. Jeff found it so-so, but Lynn really liked it.]

Egg Puffs

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2017 | 42 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

Pictured above: Egg Puff ($3) [Also known as bubble waffle. This is our favourite type of waffle, but not many places in Boston sell it. It tastes buttery and has cake-like texture. We would have preferred it if the exterior was more crispy and interior was more soft and chewy.]

The Prime Shoppe – Faneuil Hall

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2016 | Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 104 S Market St, Boston, MA 02109

Beef short rib (price depends on the size of the rib, pictured above is $10) [We really liked the taste of the meat. It’s well marinated and yet not over-powering. However, some parts can be quite tough, especially when it’s not cut against the grain.]

Charcoal Guido’s

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2017 | 482 Moody St, Waltham, MA 02453

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

We were invited here for a complimentary meal, but we try to stay objective in your review.

To be honest, we didn’t think we’d come back to this restaurant again since it’s 40min away from where we live. BUT after trying their gnocchi pesto (which, at the moment, is our favourite gnocchi dish of all time), that 40min drive is totally worth it!

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+++ Espresso martini – stoli vanilla, kahlua, baileys, frangelico and espresso ($10) [This drink was perfect and there was nothing we would change about it!]
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– – – Breath of fresh pear – tito’s vodka, pear liqueur, pear puree and lemon topped with prosecco [We didn’t like the amount of sparkling wine they put in here; it almost felt like we were drinking soda.]
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Ultimate antipasto platter – parma prosciutto, speck, parmigiano, ricotta salata, grilled sausage, fig marmalde, olives, oil cured vegetables ($18) [This is not something we’d personally order since we only liked half of the stuff in the platter, namely their sausage, parmagiano, and ricotta salata. We are huge fans of prosciutto but felt that their prosciutto wasn’t meaty enough.]
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Arancine – fried risotto ball with mozzarella and parmigiano cheese served with marinara sauce ($10) [This was alright but would have prefer it if it was more cheesy and more moist on the inside.]
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 Meatballs – classic combination of beef, pork and veal served in marinara sauce with a sprinkle of parmigiano cheese ($8) [The meatballs were yummy! They were meaty, tender and juicy. We don’t like marinara sauce in general and would have preferred it without the sauce. We just think that it distracts us from tasting the meatball itself.] 
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+++ Gnocchi – with pesto ($18) [OMG WE LOVED THIS! The gnocchi was delicious and went so well with their pesto sauce! This is the dish that totally stole our hearts.]
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+++ Trofie & scallops – Tofie pasta with fresh scallops in pesto ($20) [This would be our 2nd favourite dish after their gnocchi with pesto (maybe we just really like their pesto!). This dish would have been better if the scallops had that crisp golden crust on the outside.]
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Gnocchi – with bolognese ($20) [This was alright. We liked it a lot more with their pesto.]
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Porcini pappardelle & chicken – pappardelle pasta in porcini sauce and grilled chicken breast. [The pappardelle pasta and porcini sauce were really good. We would have preferred it if they focused more on the flavor of mushroom, like using portobello instead of chicken breast.]
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+++ Sausage – tomato sauce, mozzarella, caramelized onion, sweet sausage, fresh ricotta cheese. ($16) [Our favourite pizza. It had a generous amount of ricotta cheese (looks like whipped cream in the picture) mozzarella and caramelized onion – everything that we love! We personally don’t care for the sweet sausage that much and would probably order it without the sausage in the future.]

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Margherita – tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, extra virgin olive oil ($13)
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White Devil – hot salami, mozzarella, provolone, shaved parmigiano, extra virgin olive oil ($15)

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Figs and gorgonzola – figs, gorgonzola, caramelized onion, arugula ($16) [Lynn liked it but Jeff felt that the gorgonzola cheese was too strong for him.]
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+++ Nutella pizza – pizza dough filled with nutella and ricotta, finished in wood oven (Duo for $10. Family for $14 (pictured). Add fruit for $2) [This is their signature dessert. Jeff is crazy about nutella and likes anything with it. Lynn usually finds nutella to be too sweet but really liked this pizza because the ricotta cheese (which isn’t sweet) goes really well with the nutella.]
 

 

Spago – Marina Bay Sands Pool

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2016 | 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

Yes, we got to swim at the top of the world! Okay, we exaggerated.

The pool menu is from Spago by Wolfgang puck. The taste rating might not be that accurate since we only had two drinks.

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Pina colada – plantation white rum, malibu, pineapple (SGD $22) [This is on the expensive side but it’s soooo good.]
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The Garden of Eden – mango black tea infused vodka, lemon sour (SGD $23) [We found this average and wouldn’t recommend it.]

Dolphin Bay

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2017 | 72 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA 02134

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

We’ve really like Taiwanese food, but there doesn’t seem to be that many Taiwanese restaurants in Boston. We’d really appreciate recommendations!

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– – – Taiwanese sausages ($4.5) [This is very dry and a little tough. We had really good ones in Taiwan night markets, so we’re a little disappointed.]
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Spicy wontons ($6.5) [Jeff is not a fan of the chilli oil but Lynn loves it. It’s hard to describe but it’s a little spicy and a little vinegary.]
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Popcorn chicken ($4.5) [We had this at 3 separate occasions. It was great at the 1st two occasions, but the last time we ordered it, it was dry and wasn’t well-fried. Overall, we really like Taiwanese-style fried chicken; we haven’t KFC since we’ve tried this.]
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Beef shank stew ($6.5) [this was served cold, and we thought it’s going to be a stew, not drizzled with chilli oil. When we tried it in the restaurant, it was tough and dry. When we heat it up and tried it at home, it was sooooooooo good. The meat became tender and juicy. This is just our preference but we think this dish tasted much better warm]
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+++ Small pork rice ($3.5) [we really like this, plus the serving is pretty generous for the price. There are 2 sizes for this dish and we recommend getting the appetiser portion.]
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Oyster pancake ($6.5) [We felt there wasn’t enough oysters and it’s way too greasy.]
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+++ Shaved ice – toppings: ice cream, pineapple, milk pudding, egg pudding ($9.99 for 4 toppings) [Some people just come in for their desserts. The picture doesn’t show it but this can definitely be shared among 4 people]

LGA Coffee

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2016 | 신촌역로 39 (창천동 4-96), 4-96 Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

If you are trying to get around Seoul with Google maps, just be aware that it was last updated in  2009 due to Government restriction. There is Naver maps that Koreans use, but everything is in Korean. You might want to download the app to ensure it is the same location that google shows. We personally found it hard to get around in Seoul (compared to Tokyo and Taiwan) because the English address does not work all the time.

Pictured above:  +++ Melon bingsu (13,900 won)  [The milk ice is mixed with condensed milk and is topped with raspberry ice cream. The flavor is very light and not too sweet. The melon is just ripe and goes perfectly with the ice. The price is a bit steep but I like the refreshing and light taste] 

 

Toro

Overall taste: 7.5/10 | 2016 | 1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

Toro is a hit and miss for us. There are some dishes we really like, and some we dislike.

Pictured above:  Paella valenciana – mussels, shrimp, spanish pork sausage, chicken and calasparra rice (half portion for $26)

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– – – Erizos con caviar – caviar, uni, quail egg spoon with iberico ($15) [expensive spoonful, yet not that tasty. The caviar completely overwhelms the taste of uni.]
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+++ Asado de huesos – roasted bone marrow with radish citrus salad and oxtail marmalade ($14) [love everything about this dish! The oxtail marmalade goes so well with the bone marrow underneath. It’s so fatty, yet sooooo good. It’s one of those dish you’d feel guilty eating]
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– – – Lengua de cordero – seared lamb tongue,muhammara, seville orange marmalade and puffed quinoa ($14) [They still have this dish, but they have modified it slightly since we last visited. We felt that the lamb tongue lacked flavour. It almost tasted like it was boiled in water]
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– – – Corazon – grilled archer angus beef heart and romesco ($9) [We ordered this because we wanted to try beef heart, but we didn’t know it will be smoked and sliced thinly. It tasted just like regular ham.]
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+++ Foie gras a la plancha – seared foie gras, roasted beets, plum-rhubarb compote, za’atar spiced cracker ($14) [Current dish has changed since we last visited, it uses more orange flavours. Foie gras is one of our favourite foods and the foie gras here is definitely well-seared!]
 

 

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

Overall taste: 7.5 | 2016 | 154 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116

+++ = highly recommend | – – – = do not recommend

This was our to-go spot for $1 oysters (between 4-6pm), but they no longer have this deal. They have also modified their menu ever since we went. We don’t think we’ll come back to this restaurant since some of our favourite items are no longer available. We will indicate below which items are no longer in their current menu.

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Oysters – blue point [replaced by beau soleil], kayama bay, powder point, malpeque (used to be $1 each between 4-6. now $3 each). [Their oysters are really fresh, but now that it’s $3 each, we don’t think it’s worth it]
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+++Steak tartar – capers, shallots, cornichons, cage-free egg yolk, toasted croutons ($15) [This is one of our favourite items, but it is no longer in their menu]
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Tuna cruda – grilled hearts of palm, garlic chilli paste, green onion, lime, sea salt ($14) [The garlic chilli paste reminds me a lot of Chinese chilli oil, so it’s definitely a unique combination]
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+++Jumbo lump crab slider – with cajun, remoulade [no longer available]. Maine lobster slider – with citrus, tarragon, mayo [no longer available]

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Wild mushroom flatbread – roasted garlic, reading spring brook farm cheese ($16)

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– – – Pan seared black cod – garlic and herb puree, pan fried new potato ($29) [The fish was waaaay over-cooked and we didn’t enjoy it at all. However, the potatoes and puree were excellent; finished every drop of it]
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+++ Flourless chocolate lava cake – with a farm berry coulis ($10) [This is soooo good! You can’t tell it’s flourless at all. If you like your chocolate cake thick and heavy, this is for you.]