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Bazaar International Foods & Cafe Japonaise, Brookline

limster Jun 25, 2006 06:08 PM

Bazaar International Foods (next to Rod Dee on Beacon Street)

Hearty delicious khinkali (a distant relative of xiao long bao) at 89 cents a piece. Got 2 when I saw them come out fresh. Clear, oily and flavourful broth, a good lump of meat and thick noodley skin, topped with a sprinkle of paprika and parsley.

On weekdays, the lunch specials looked like a good deal - a meat item, vegetable and side for $5.
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Cafe Japonaise

Got 2 onigiri (triangles of short grained rice sandwiching a filling, wrapped on the outside with a toasty, oceany nori). The kombu version had slivers of kombu/seaweed saturated with soy sauce, a touch of sesame. Spicy tuna involved canned tuna and a pleasant hint of heat.

  1. galleygirl Jun 26, 2006 01:03 PM

    You can usually get mentaiko at the Cherry Market (that Japanese market downstairs, at Newbury, almost at Mass Ave.) a a wider variety of flavors, but they aren't as generously filled, or as fresh as the ones at Cafe Japonaise. The warmth of the rice, and the spice of the tuna almost makes up for the fact that it's canned.

    1. applehome Jun 26, 2006 03:31 AM

      Onigiri - the sandwich of ancient Japan - deserves so much more than canned tuna (spicy, mayo, or otherwise). The kombu sounded good. I don't know if they have them or not, but if you run into umeboshi (pickled, salty plum) or various forms of cod roe (tarako or spicy - mentaiko), they are classic. Also if you ever run into onigiri that's been grilled over a flame - so that one side is okoge (actually burnt - not to black soot, but to a nicely charred dark brown) - this is a whole new flavor dimension.

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      1. re: applehome
        limster Jun 26, 2006 03:46 AM

        Yes they do have umeboshi versions, but I don't remember seeing cod roe versions.

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        photogeek Jun 26, 2006 02:25 AM

        I'm very fond of Cafe Japonaise... as they're just over the St. Mary's St bridge from campus.

        The Azuki cream buns are a bit weird at first try, but very, very good.

        1. Luther Jun 25, 2006 08:35 PM

          The ready-to-eat foods at Bazaar are quite good. Lots of buttery flavor in most everything. I highly recommend.

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          1. re: Luther
            yumyum Jun 26, 2006 05:30 PM

            Heartily agree. Finally tried it last New Years Eve when a friend and I needed some good grazing food for a party. The mushroom pate and the chicken liver pate were my favorites. And the Russian ciabatta (name escapes me). Actually it's perfect food for nights when it's too hot to cook. Might have to drop in soon.

            1. re: yumyum
              galleygirl Jun 26, 2006 05:57 PM

              Matnahkhash, or something similar; I just picked up a loaf Saturday...I didn't have time to wait for my favorite; the amazing fresh herring...

              1. re: galleygirl
                yumyum Jun 26, 2006 06:51 PM

                But did you *dive* right into the box? Heh Heh.

                1. re: yumyum
                  galleygirl Jun 26, 2006 08:07 PM

                  Had to grab, and secure my place in line, working against a guy who was *pretending* to already be in line, while still waiting for his zakusski order...Hey buddy, you're either in that line, or this one... ;)

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