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Save me from Fire & Ice!

maillard Nov 29, 2006 03:41 PM

This has been suggested for a company event. Any suggestions on other 'fun' lunch options in Boston? T accessible and not too fancy are the only requirements that I can think of. Personally I would like to go somewhere in Chinatown, but I'm not sure how popular that would be.


  1. Food4Thought Dec 2, 2006 01:06 PM

    Tamerlanenj -
    That is so funny, I too escaped from Jersey and enjoyed Round Grill and had the EXACT same reaction to F&I. Its such a shame that the folks in the greater Boston area don't have the oppotunity to experience what a really good and fun Mongolian BBQ visit can be.

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      tamerlanenj Nov 30, 2006 01:30 PM

      You know, when I lived in New Jersey I used to have the most fabulous meals at a Mongolian BBQ place called the Round Grill.

      It's a shame that we don't have a real join like that somewhere. I was excited to try Fire and Ice when I moved here, thinking it would be similar to what I was looking for. God, it's an abomination. And it takes FOREVER!! The Meats should be sliced thin so that they don't take a million years to cook while you stand there gawking like an idiot.

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        kaholo1 Nov 30, 2006 04:02 AM

        I used to work there, good healthy food but i know it gets old! Good Luck.

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          Zatan Nov 30, 2006 03:09 AM

          I love dum sum for such an event, but sadly -- and surprising to me -- I have coworkers who don't like dim sum. This I don't understand, because the variety combined with ability to order off the menu and get American Chinese food as well, makes me believe there's something for everyone. I am saddened that the same potential group would likely all have gone for Fire and Ice, which I cannot abide.
          I tried this last week and not enough bit for dim sum, so four of us went to Bouchee, and that worked out fine, nice place decent prices, good food.

          Another topic? Why would I prefer dim sum and it's variety or many versions of the same...Vietnamese, Thai, Middle Eastern, Mexican, French?... and not tolerate Fire & Ice while for many others it would be the reverse? Is good food so scary?

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            tallullah Nov 29, 2006 06:22 PM

            I haven't been to shabu zen, but I give props to Kaze for shabu.

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            1. re: tallullah
              Northender Nov 29, 2006 09:39 PM

              Whoops, I meant Kaze - haven't been to Shabu Zen. kaze is relatively new place on corner of Harrison Ave. and Essex Street. Sorry for the bum steer.

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              Pegmeister Nov 29, 2006 04:10 PM

              What about Shabu Zen. You get to cook your own food, the quality is better than Fire and Ice and with a small group you can have your own table with the hot pot in the center.

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              1. re: Pegmeister
                Northender Nov 29, 2006 04:50 PM

                Gotta second the vote for Shabu Zen. very nice clean place and a lot of fun. All ingredients were fresh and easy to share.

                1. re: Pegmeister
                  BarmyFotheringayPhipps Nov 30, 2006 03:58 AM

                  We ate at Shabu Zen for the first time this weekend with some friends and I was very impressed. I think the key selling point, besides the fact that it's fun, would be that I think even those people who find Chinatown intimidating -- like they're scared somebody is gonna thrust a giant plate of fish eyeballs at them or something -- would be comfortable with the fare. I mean...veggies, meat, broth. It's not going to scare anyone away.

                2. hiddenboston Nov 29, 2006 03:47 PM

                  How about Emperor's Garden in the former Combat Zone area? It's a huge, garish place that used to be an old theater, and they do serve lunch.

                  1. Sal Monella Nov 29, 2006 03:43 PM

                    Parish Cafe right on the Arlington T stop comes to mind. But it may not do if you have a lot of people.

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                    1. re: Sal Monella
                      maillard Nov 29, 2006 03:46 PM

                      It's a small group (~6). Can you tell me more about Parish Cafe?

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                        Sal Monella Nov 29, 2006 03:51 PM


                        I used to work down the street. Our group would go there routinely for lunch. They have huge sandwiches and full bar. Local celebrity chefs would lend their favorite sandwiches to the menu. Pretty good diversity of tastes. They can handle a group your size.

                        1. re: Sal Monella
                          dfan Nov 29, 2006 11:00 PM

                          I second the Parish.

                        2. re: maillard
                          MB fka MB Nov 30, 2006 02:30 AM

                          I think the Parish is horrible. Overrated, IMHO - I just don't get it. With only 6 people, you can go anywhere, really.

                        3. re: Sal Monella
                          Joanie Nov 29, 2006 03:58 PM

                          Also, Davio's is open for lunch, runs about $8-15. Laurel is too I think. Abe & Louie's has an awesome $10 blue cheese burger at lunch.

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