Menton

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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

We feel that we’d give Menton a higher rating if we ordered from their regular menu instead of their Dine Out Boston menu. This review is based on their 2017 Dine Out Boston selection only (see menu below). We went for their 3 course menu for $35pp.

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Yellowfin tuna crudo – eggplant, za’atar, olive [What distinguishes this from other dishes is their amazing accompaniments. We loved the eggplant and the sauce around it. The seared tuna itself was kind of average.]
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– – –  Chicory salad – trufflle, parmigiano, focaccia [We love truffle and focaccia, so when this come out, we were extremely disappointed. There was barely any taste of truffle oil. The focaccia, while beautiful, wasn’t that tasty and was way too thin. We never liked spring mix but this spring mix was more bitter than usual.]
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+++ Prime beef ribeye – malt, salsify, pearl onion [Again, where is the ribeye cap?! Do people in Boston not like the best part of ribeye? Apart from that, this was our favourite dish. The beef was lightly seasoned, allowing us to enjoy the full flavour of the meat. The accompaniments were extremely enjoyable as well.]
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Cappelletti – parsnip, almond, pancetta [We like that the pasta wrap was more firm than usual. We didn’t like bacon bits around it; they were very tough and dry.]
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Apple spice cake – sultana, cinnamon, walnut [This was very average.]
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Chocolate praline tart – blood orange, hazelnut, espresso [Jeff is not a fan. He thinks that the coffee flavor was too strong. Lynn likes it since she’s a coffee fan.]
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Assorted mini macaroons  (complimentary) [Aren’t they the cutest?!]

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Misono Grill – Super88 Foodcourt

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2016 | 1095 Commonwealth Avenue #207, Boston, MA 02215

Pictured above: Okdol bibimbap with beef galbi ($11.25) [This is a gem located in the super88 foodcourt! I love how crispy the rice was. The beef was tender and well marinated. I like mine with lots of Korean hot pepper paste (gochujang) and they provided more free of charge. My only complaint was there wasn’t enough beef.]

Food Republic – VivoCity

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity #3, VivoCity, Singapore 098585

This is located in the food court of VivoCity (shopping mall). We love the food courts and hawker centres in Singapore! The food selection is huge and each meal usually costs under $5.

Pictured above: +++ Kueh Tutu – peanut or coconut filling (SGD $0.7 each or SGD $3 for five pieces) [These cakes used to be steamed over a device that made a “tutu” sound, hence it’s name, Kueh (cake) Tutu. The outer layer was a little powdery and chewy and didn’t have much taste while the interior was sweet. Jeff liked the coconut filling more while Lynn preferred the peanut.]

Tsukiji Fish Market

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2016 | 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

If you visit Tokyo, you must go to Tsukiji Fish Market. We only went to the outside market of Tsukiji; it was really crowded even on a weekday. There were lots of small restaurants and stalls selling mouth-watering food (sushi, ramen, snacks, desserts). Definitely come on an empty stomach!

Note: This Tsukiji location will close and be moved to Toyosu sometime in 2017/2018.

For some of the food we got, we attached a picture of the stall next to it since we can’t read Japanese.

Tuna, ikura and uni don (900 yen) [The portion was smaller than we expected. We really loved the sushi rice and the freshness of their ingredients] 

Sushi shaped candy [We didn’t try this but we thought they were incredibly cute!]

Tamago (100 yen) [Look at the size of that tamago! This was on the sweet side but we liked that it was incredibly fluffy.]

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Matcha soft-serve (300 to 400 yen) [It was summer when we visited and this was perfect for a hot day! Good matcha flavour and not too sweet]
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Grilled scallops topped with crab and uni, then torched [We don’t remember the price of this. This was pretty good, all the ingredients were fresh but the uni tasted a little fishy]
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Grilled unagi (600 yen) [This tasted quite similar to regular frozen unagi]

Lincoln Tavern

Overall Taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 425 W Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127

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

We were invited to Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant for a complementary meal, but we try to stay as objective as possible.

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Fruit bowl ($6) [Not something we would personally order in a restaurant.]

+++ Breakfast burger – maple sausage patty, hash browns, over easy egg, pepper jelly, hollandaise, portuguese muffin, served with fries ($13) [We highly recommend this! The patty was sweet, fragrant, and juicy. The egg was runny and their pepper jelly gave it a good kick.]

Apple cinnamon waffles – apple pie filling, maple pecan crumble, vanilla bean whipped cream ($12) [We liked the taste but found it to be too sweet.]

– – – Fruity pebble pancakes – stack of pancakes, cereal milk anglaise ($12) [This was extremely sweet as well, and we’re not a fan of their fruity pebbles, which were artificial-tasting]

Steak and potato wood fired pizza – mashed potato, smoked prime rib, caramelized onion, fontina cheese, arugula, truffle oil ($16) [This was pretty good but on the salty side]

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+++ [We could not find this in their menu but we really liked it. Perhaps you can show this picture to their server. The cake is very moist and the sweetness compliments the sourness from the berries.]
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+++ Lincoln sliders – bacon aioli, muenster cheese, sunny-side up quail egg, potato bun ($10) [This was one of our favourite dish here. Not only do they look so cute, they’re absolutely delicious. The quail eggs were all runny, and the patty was really juicy and meaty.]
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+++ Steak burrito  – coffee rubbed wood grilled hanger steak, over easy eggs, hashbrowns, pico de gallo, avocado ($16) [The hanger steak was on the chewy side, but the overall taste was really good, especially with their guacamole.]
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Short rib poutine – rosemary truffle fries, bone marrow gravy, smoked short rib, sunny-side up egg, crumbled bacon, shaved truffle ($16) [This was good but the topping was on the salty side. We would also have preferred it if the fries were less burnt.]

Noix De Beurre

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2016 | 3-14-1 Shinjuku | Isetan Shinjuku B1F, Shinjuku 160-8011, Tokyo Prefecture

This bakery is located in the basement level of Isetan Shinjuku. There are so many good food there! Unfortunately, there is no seating area. There are even “no eating” signs everywhere. It’s meant for you to buy it there and bring it home to eat. Luckily, we found out that Isetan has a beautiful rooftop garden with seats.

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Strawberry tart (648 yen) [The best strawberries we’ve ever had were the ones in Tokyo. Even random strawberries we bought in convenient stores were extremely sweet. The cream had a milky taste to it with a small touch of sweetness.]
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Chocolate mousse cake [We forgot to keep track of the price, but it’s about the price as the strawberry tart. We really liked the chocolate cake as well. It’s definitely on the lighter side compared to American cakes.]

Kimchi Kitchen

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 847 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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

We tried 3 dishes and they all tasted pretty good, especially their kimchi fried rice. Make sure to order your food at the cashier before taking a seat. They will bring the food to you when it’s ready.

Pictured above: +++ Kimchi fried rice – rice, house-made kimchi. topped with fried egg. ($8. +$2 with pork) [This is our favourite kimchi fried rice of all time. it’s very flavourful, spicy, and the rice is on the sticky side. We don’t usually like our rice sticky but it goes so well here. Our only complaint is that the egg was overcooked.]

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Samgyetang (ginseng chicken stew) – whole chicken stuffed with rice, ginseng, chestnut, jujube and vegetables ($15) [the soup is not seasoned and they provide salt and pepper for you to season it to your liking.  I would prefer it if there’s more of a ginseng taste to it, but it’s still pretty good. If you are not used to asian-style chicken soup, you may find it to be bland.]
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L.A.galbi – beef ribs marinated in our secret umami-and-sweet sauce ($16) [It’s pretty average and you can find better-quality galbi in a lot of restaurants. The meat is quite chewy and the sauce is on the sweet side]

Barcelona Wine Bar

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2016 | 525 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

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

One of our favourite restaurants in Boston! For the last 2 dishes (paella mariscos, squid ink fideos), the menu indicates “To Share. Two or more”. However, you can actually order a one-person portion.

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Chicken liver mousse – blackberry compote ($5.50) [I prefer their foie gras torchon but this is only half the price and is really good as well]
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+++Foie gras torchon – rhubard preserves ($11.50)

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+++Seared scallops – mojo de cilantro ($13.50) [We are very picky about scallops and these were perfectly seared. Lynn loved every single drop of their cilantro sauce while Jeff is an avid hater of cilantro and believes it should disappear off the face of the Earth] 
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– – – Eva’s duck egg – gem lettuce, trout roe, crispy serrano ($8.50) [we ordered this because we never had duck eggs, but it tasted just like chicken egg. definitely not worth your $8.50.]
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Grilled hanger steak – truffle vinaigrette ($11.50) [we’ve ordered this 3 times and they don’t cook it very consistently; it ranges from medium rare to medium well. make sure to inform your server how you prefer your meat]
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– – – Grilled broccolini – truffle honey, chili flakes ($7.50) [the vegetable/honey combo is weird and unappetizing to us; not a fan]

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Cod a la plancha – salsa verde ($9.50)
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Steak tartare – fingerling chips, quail egg ($8.50)
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Grilled lamp chops – eva’s greens, mint chimichurri ($15)
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Paella mariscos – shrimps, mussels, clams, squid, saffron rice ($24.50 pp)

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+++ Squid ink fideos – calamari, garilic aioli, scallions ($14.50 pp) [this is our favourite dish in the restaurant. exercise caution ordering this if you’re dining with someone you don’t want to show your black teeth to.]
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Parrillada – ny strip, chicken, pork loin, caucho ($26.50 pp) [This was alright, a bit on the greasy side. Not something we’ll order again]

Irashai

Overall taste: 8/10 | 2017 | 8 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

I wasn’t expecting much when I walked into the restaurant as there wasn’t that many customers. Luckily, I was proven wrong. I really love 2 of the 3 dishes I ordered and everything is reasonably priced.

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

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Tuna tataki – slices of seared tuna served in house ponzu sauce ($10) [Although it’s good, I don’t find it particularly outstanding]
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+++ Ice-man maki – crab meat tempura and asparagus, topped with torched super white tuna & drizzled in chef’s honey wasabi sauce ($11) [I’ve had white tuna many times, but this is the first time I’ve had the torched version. It tasted more fatty than usual and literally melted in my mouth. The honey wasabi complements the roll very well. I will definitely order this again! Note that it is imitation crab meat in the roll, not real crab meat.]
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+++ Lunch sushi and sashimi combo – 5 pieces of sushi and 6 pieces of sashimi ($13) [The sashimi is really fresh and I really like their sushi rice; it actually reminds me of the sushi rice I had in Tokyo. The value is great too! Even though it is a “lunch” combo, it is served all day. However, if you pay with credit card, you’ll have to pay an additional $2 for a lunch combo after 4p.m. If you pay with cash, the price will be the same.]