Pikaichi

Busy ramen place in Super 88. Surprised there was a line from rat thing on a Sunday morning. It’s smaller than what it looks like from the outside. As for the food, it’s not as good as the Little Big Diner in Newton. I ordered the same spicy miso ramen and can say it comes with less stuff. You get slightly less noodles and the egg is optional. More importantly, the meat in my bowl was dry and hard to chew. I feel like it’s their leftovers from the day before that didn’t sell. The cut of the meat itself is lean. All but the rice and curry side dishes were available. They claimed everything else sold out the day before. Anyways, the price is much better than the little big diner, but I’d rather pay more and get what I consider “special” broth and fresh cut juicier meat with eggs included. The broth at Pikaichi is very simple, almost like an instant noodle pack. The broth at Little Big Diner is special…see my other review about it. The prices here are good, but it reminds you that you get what you pay for. I’d probably try them again to see if my first experience was an anomaly.

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Little Big Diner

First of all this place isn’t that big. There are a total of around 22 spaces in the whole joint. I always thought it was bigger for some reason. Anyways, we arrived on a Sunday around noon time. There was a wait. You’d think it’s a seat yourself kinda place but not true. You’ll get grumbles from those already in line waiting for delicious ramen.

I have to admit that prior to coming here I already thought it was over priced. Packed ramen is already so good and so cheap. How can it get so much better to charge that much more?

I really don’t know what’s in their spicy miso ramen broth but it is magical! It’s kind of thick and salty and…peanut buttery? Who knows but it is delicious! It comes with a runny half egg, sprouts, seaweed and two thin slices of fatty pork belly! It’s really a great combination that works very well. $15 well spent.

Skip the yelp pictures as not everything you see there is available on their current menu. For example, they no longer have the dumplings when we were there. They said they have a rotating menu. However, I’m sure the ramen choices are static options here. We didn’t try the rice dishes or the yummy looking papaya salad…maybe next time.

The name of the restaurant is very fitting I guess. The place is small but you get big tastes in a casual diner like atmosphere.

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Pho Pasteur in Boston Chinatown

It’s been a while since I’ve been here. We decided to go there this Tuesday night and boy what a big mistake! The place is busy but the service and some of the food was beyond horrible. My waiter was super cranky and gave me attitude as he took our order. The fried spring rolls were cold. Not sure how that happens for a dish that is deep fried in hot oil. Fried quail was warm but taste like nothing…no flavor. Dac Biet is their staple noodle dish and it was fine. The fried rice didn’t look appetizing. We didn’t eat it. The coconut shake was good. The beef teriyaki was decent. That was hot. My friend went to this place a day later and also complained of poor service. Oh, it took 30 minutes just to get the check. We asked repeatedly too. These guys just don’t give a damn. They don’t care if you ever go back there. They are grumpy employees. They just rely on their name to draw people in.

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Pho Viet’s beef noodle soup and beef short ribs

What a gem! Located within the Super 88 place in Brighton MA. There are many food places in this food court but this is the best. The food tastes amazing and you really get both quality and quantity for your money.

We had the Dac Biet noodle soup, fried spring rolls, and grilled beef short ribs. Everything was excellent and I can’t wait to go back again. The only issue was a piece of hair in my rice…whatever.

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Here is the piece of hair from my rice plate. These things happen…and it’s easy to overlook when the food is so good.

Everything you see in this post cost $22.

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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.

Ponzu Chinese food

We had a Groupon for Ponzu in Waltham, MA expiring soon so we went and checked this place out. It’s very hard to find parking on Moody street during dinner hours!

As for Ponzu, the place was wreaking of gas smell…like if you left the gas on from your stove. Once you get past that, the ambiance is nothing special. Seating arrangements were pretty good – plenty of room and lots tables. There is also a bar.

The food was just meh. We had general gau chicken, seafood noodles for the kiddo, and some eel plate for the wifey. Again, food was a little bland. Nothing about the food was memorable. That means we are not going back.

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Unhealthy Chinese food

Wam-Bam-Thank-you-M’aam!

That’s exactly what this lunch was all about. Something quick, something dirty…just to satisfy a craving.

It’s your typical food court Chinese food. Lo Mein with beef and broccoli and sesame pork. Only gripe was the pork was so hard to chew. May have been sitting there for a while.

Whatever. I’m not proud of it, but it satisfied a craving.

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