Minado sushi buffet – Natick, MA

We come here a few times a year and the food is consistently good. The decor is nice and everything is clean. Expect delicious food along with excellent service.

There is more than enough sushi to satisfy your cravings here. If you have some that prefer hot or cooked foods, the hot foods selection will also impress them.

Plenty of parking and easily accessible off route 9 or the mass pike. They have added two new noodle options at the soup end of the hot foods section. The one thing that disappointed me was that there was no fried shrimp in the tempura platter. I waited for a fresh refilling but was disappointed to see all veggies. It’s dinner and a weekend so I’m surprised the fried shrimp was missing… They usually do this during lunch hours when they charge less. We paid $33 for each adult. Depending on height, kids pay a portion of the adult fee. It’s not cheap for a family or large group to eat here. However, the food seems fresh and clean…It’s like that every time we’ve come here over the years. To some that’s more important than saving a few bucks.

This place is directly across from the Natick mall. Other notable food joints in this same plaza are Minerva and smash burger. The former is an Indian buffet and the latter is a burger joint.

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Noodles and Company – Burlington, MA

Here are some pictures from our dinner at the new Noodles and Company restaurant in Burlington.

It is located across from the mall, right off I95.

This place has a similar setup as Shake Shack… These appear to be getting more and more common.

Food was good. Prices are decent. Service is tight. However, the workers are very clumsy! Lots of pans dropping in the kitchen and an entire tray of dishes are dropped in the dining area. Speaking of which, there is a main seating section up front but there is more seating in the back.  The are outside tables too.

Thai Hot Pot:

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Indonesian Peanut Saute:

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Spaghetti and Meatballs:

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Blue Asia Cafe – Brighton, MA

If you’re in the Boston area has over to Brighton for food. The are lots and lots of restaurants here spanning all ethnicities.  Prominent there is Asian food. If that’s what you want then be sure to check BAC.

The waitress there is super friendly and speaks perfect English. She checks on us frequently and even helped us by mentioning a noodle dish not on the menu.

Quarter chicken leg:

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Salt and pepper chicken:

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Fried dumplings:

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Noodle dish:

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The food is good and priced well. Each entree is about $10 or $12 with appetizers generally under $8. We also get take out from this place frequently for work.

No. 1 Noodle House – Newton Center

It’s been years since I’ve been to this place. Not much has changed in decor and offerings on the menu. The food is decent and very well priced for what you get. The place is clean and the staff are friendly.

For $7 each, we ordered 3 dishes today.

This is the chicken laksa:

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The dish is made up of thin rice noodles and chicken in a Thai curry and coconut milk soup base.

This is the stewed beef and roast pork wonton noodle soups:

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I thought the stewed beef one was a little on the salty side but still enjoyable. The roast pork was a bit dry. Wontons were good.

The wontons are made of pork and baby shrimp:

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For a quick bite that won’t hurt your wallet, No 1 Noodle House should be on your list.

Chinese sticky rice with egg and beans

This dinner was homemade by my wife. It was delicious and a big hit with the kids! Sticky rice is not the same as regular white rice… It is sticky (surprise!). In it at Chinese sausages, wood ear mushrooms, baby dried shrimp and scallions. The sticky rice holds it all together. It looks like fried rice but this is more moist compared to fried rice that is dry.

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On the side are eggs and veggies.