Jean Georges

Overall taste: 7/10 | 2016 | 1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

Jean Georges is a 3-michelin starred restaurant in New York as well as the most disappointing restaurant we’ve been to. We spent over $300 here (with no alcohol), and we expect the taste rating to be at least a 8/10 for this kind of price.

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

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– – – Amuse bouche

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+++ Toasted egg yolk, caviar and herbs ($69) [We felt that this was the only amazing dish. It literally tasted perfect; the salty caviar went really well with the  lightly-seasoned soft yolk and buttered toast…. but look at the price for a two-bite appetizer.]
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Sea trout & oyster tartar, chive, lemon, horseradish ($29) [Lynn liked it but Jeff found the oyster to be too fishy]
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Yellowfin tuna ribbons, avocado and spicy radish, ginger marinade ($29) [Average. The sauce was on the sour side.]
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– – – Foie Gras terrine, strawberry granola, aged balsamic ($37) [We are huge foie gras fans and this is the worst foie gras dish we’ve had. Every part of it is infused with sweet strawberry.  If you like your foie gras as a dessert, this might be for you.]
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+++ Diver scallops, caramelized cauliflower, caper-raisin emulsion ($37) [This was great, and is what we expect from a 3-michelin starred restaurant. The scallops had a crispy golden crust. The caramelized cauliflower was delicious and didn’t have much of a burnt taste.]
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– – – Tenderloin of beef, heirloom carrots and fingerling potatoes, hibiscus mustard ($54) [We’re trying not to exaggerate here, but we believe most people that cook at home can make better steak than this. It’s ironic how chewy this tenderloin was and the flavour was simply not there. The steak also wasn’t meaty enough and tasted like those cheap $10 steak diners serve.]
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Salt and pepper sweetbreads, sweet chili emulsion, pea shoots, golden garlic ($29) [This was well fried, but we prefer our sweetbreads pan-fried so that we can actually taste it.]
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Chocolate – dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate ganache, passion fruit gelee, mini chocolate cake, hibiscus sorbet, crystallized rose, peanut caramel, olive oil powder, fraises des bois and macadamia nut milk ($12) [Average]
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– – – Strawberry – vanilla tapioca pudding, strawberry sorbet, enchanced strawberries, gelee and crisps ($12) [This is undoubtedly one of the prettiest desserts we’ve had, but also one of the worst in terms of taste. The so-called “enhanced strawberries” were soaked in sauces that simply do not go well with strawberries, unless black pepper strawberry is your thing.]
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Complimentary chocolate [Average]
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Complimentary desserts [Average]

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.]

Oishii

Overall taste: 7/10 | 2016 | 1166 Washington St #110, Boston, MA 02118

We came here during the 2016 Dine Out Boston week. We thought that the food had great presentation but the taste was pretty average.

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Choice C: Gyu Kaku Donburi ($20) – Miso soup & salad. Grilled beef & onions on top of rice topped with sweet garlic sauce [It tasted good, and the beef had great flavor but it was quite tough]. Icecream [We thought their green tea icecream tasted a little artificial and would prefer it if they used more matcha powder].
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Choice D: Kaiseki Lunch ($30) – Green salad & sesame dressing. Fresh lobster wild mushroom risotto [This was tasteless, like white rice with a little bit of sauce, and we couldn’t taste the lobster at all]. Crispy rock shrimp lemon aioli [Despite it’s name, it wasn’t crispy. It was fried way before it was served and the shrimps were too tiny]. Oishii crab cake [Not that oishii]. Seared wild king salmon with ikura. Spicy tuna salad in a cucumber handroll. Grilled miso black cod. Sake & rocky sushi. Hamachi & maguro sashimi. [The rest were pretty good, but the hot dishes were already cold by the time it was served to us.] Ice cream.
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Choice E: Pork Belly Ramen ($20)Green salad & sesame dressing. Ramen noodle soup [It was quite bland and we would have preferred more pork flavour in the soup]. Pork belly. Napa cabbage. Fresh egg. Icecream

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.]

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]