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I'm going to Myers+Chang tonight - any recommendation as to what to order? Thanks.

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  1. search the board, plenty of info there.

    1. going tonite as well...Dan Dan Noodles always a must order as well as Tigers Tears

      1. Went a couple of weeks ago with a group of five and tried several dishes. It is a small plates concept and all the food comes out as it is ready. The few dishes which I remember are:

        The tea-smoked pork spare ribs which were delicious! I am not sure how they were prepared but they had a nice smoky flavor and were tender to the bone. Since we enjoyed our first order so much we ordered it again. Unfortunately, the second order was not as tender and smoky as the first. The first order seemed to be smaller ribs which, I think, is what made the difference. But, regardless still a great dish!

        The braised pork belly buns with steamed bao, brandied hoisin, pickled watermelon relish was surprisingly good! I am not usually a fan of traditional pork buns because I find that there is too much bun for the amount of pork. But, these had less bun and more pork and the pork was perfectly sweet and sour with the hoisin.

        The dan dan noodle salad with fresh peanut, chili sambal was ok, not my favorite item of the evening. It was very, very spicy hot but that was it. It had a few peanuts but there weren’t any other vegetables or anything else. So, overall it was just spicy hot which it not something I enjoy.

        The green papaya slaw with chilis, peanuts, lime was wonderful! Nice flavor combination.

        We also had the myers+chang fried chicken with cilantro, lime, sweet and hot dipping sauce. This was great! The chicken was wonderfully crispy and the meat was juicy. Then the cilantro lime dipping sauce was a perfect accompaniment.

        Let us know what you try!

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        1. re: MasalaWala

          My friend and I really enjoyed the restaurant. I particularly liked the Dan dan noodles, Tiger's Tears (very spicy but in not in a food-overpowering way), and pork spareribs (sweet and really tasty). The lemony shrimp dumplings were good (tasting exactly like what the name implies) as was the papaya slaw. I didn't really love the coconut corn bisque, which i thought might have been a bit bland (then again I might just not be a big bisque person)

        2. too late now, but the Chow Fun was superb, as were the chive and pork dumplings.

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          1. re: lizzoob

            The thing that bothered me about Myers & Chang was the fact that you can order over-priced chow fun and chive and pork dumplings. In my opinion, good, but definitely no better than a place in Chinatown. Other dishes sounded fun and unique on the menu, however nothing was mind-blowing. Would I return? neh.

          2. I went there once, that was enough. Nothing extraordinary. Service was pretty awful. The server was condescending. They weren't even around for most of the time, someone dropped a glass and no one picked it up for at least 10 minutes. The food was hit or miss. I liked the sea bass in hot pot, but not a good summer dish. Most of the other dishes were just boring.

            1. I absolutely love this place. A menu, with simple, fresh dishes that you crave, right down to the sides of wok-charred veggies! You must try the hakka eggplant while it's still there (I believe they switch up their veggies seasonally). I also really like the fact that they do small plates (I hate cheesecake factory sized portions and I generally am dismissive with tapas, as I like to indulge myself more than your average girl). SO try anything-- adventurous? The lobster udon noodles, the buffalo sweetbreads, or Tiger's tears! More traditional? Nab the dumplings or ribs! Also, they've got a multitude of crazy strained down menus for the shellfish-allergies, nut allergies, vegetarians, etc. (a nice surprise when I took my mother who has a gluten allergy).

              Go and have fun, walk around the restaurant and notice all the little comical details with their waving kitty and cheeky slogans written all over the mirrors.

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              1. re: vanessa m

                the food is remarkable ordinary, very over-priced, and simply not competitive with really good chinese cooking. it is about hype and public relations, not about cuisine. tried it twice. i'm done.

                1. re: teezeetoo

                  fun place to check out at least once.

                  1. re: teezeetoo

                    Problem is I can't get a lot of my friends to dine out in Chinatown, whereas they're happy to dine at a kitschy, lively South End place with a pan-Asian menu that changes up a lot plus has beer and sake and loud music. No question the dumplings are overpriced.

                    But there's also stuff on the menu I wouldn't call ordinary, little things I love like tiger's tears, celery/edamame slaw, Hakka eggplant, and silky tofu with pork. It helps to know to avoid a few weak dishes, like scallion pancake, fried chicken, and baby banh mi. And there aren't many places that offer a gluten-free, nut-free, shellfish-free, and vegetarian menus.

                    I don't think anyone's kidding themselves that the food stands up in quality, authenticity, or value to real Chinese restaurants: it is what it is. While I can understand why many Hounds would sneer at it, I find it to be a fun and useful place. But I live nearby; I might be less enthusiastic if it were across town.

                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Hmm. I was wondering abt that fried chicken. The description on the menu makes it sound very good. Not so? Would like to hear other's thoughts....as we may be headed there this weekend (with a 13 yr old boy who isn't much of a chinese food fan, but would enjoy fried chicken, i'm thinking..)

                      1. re: twentyoystahs

                        I did not like it, especially not for the $26 I think they charged for it when they first added it to the menu (it's $21 on a recent menu). I guess I guess I didn't know what to expect, and it didn't meet my amorphous expectations. Is there a famous style of Chinese fried chicken?

                  2. re: vanessa m

                    I agree with you vanessa m. Very fresh tasting food not overloaded with oils found in more 'traditional' asian restaurants. The flavor of all the ingrediants comes though in each dish.

                    And despite wht others say here, the Dan Dan Noodles aren't hot and come with lots of cilanto, celery, etc (it's my favorite).

                    We each here at least once a week.

                    1. re: alwayscooking

                      i dunno. i kinda disagree. the food is overpriced and the flavors were only remarkable in that they were weaker than my favorite places in Chinatown.

                      1. re: jylze

                        just had dinner at shanghai gate, for 1/2 the price, and twice or three times as good. if you want to pay for the furnishings and the location, be my guest. i'll pass on the hype.

                        1. re: teezeetoo

                          I've been a few times before, and I went again last night, with a friend who doesn't ordinary like Chinese food, but was really in the mood for fried dumplings (guo1 tie1).

                          The vegetarian dumplings with shiitake mushrooms were surprisingly good --- the mushrooms were not overpowering, the dumpling skins were relatively thin and flavorful, and they frying was done evening and not too oily.

                          The Tiger Tears was as good as I remember it (that was basically the only dish I really liked there in the past) although I found it a bit too sweet and not quite spicy enough, although my DC found it perfectly sweet and too spicy! Go figure.

                          In addition, we shared the Dan Dan Noodles, which were not like dan4 dan4 mian4 at all, but were much more like zhi1 ma liang2 mian4, but with peanut rather than sesame and an ample covering of cilantro. They didn't taste authentic, but I enjoyed them --- I'm also a sucker for cilantro.

                          We also shared their whole crispy fish, which was a decently sized yellowtail, fried, and accompanied by pickled kumquats. I love pickled kumquats, and the fried skin was tasty, although the fish itself was tasteless. It was obviously high quality fish, but the flesh of yellowtail needs more infusion of flavor to have taste. Butterfish might have been a better choice for this dish, since the "surface area to volume ratio" would be higher.

                          The brown rice was excellent, which just a light dusting of scallions, and cooked correctly, without being too moist or too dry. It was also the only item on the menu priced comparably to other genre restaurants.

                          We also had a pot of jasmine tea, which was good tea, but was overbrewed by using water that was too hot to start with. Subsequent infusions were better, although the otherwise very kind and efficient waiter didn't refill the miniature pot nearly often enough.

                          The creme caramel was a very good and surprisingly bitter flan, and the black sesame "brittle" was a nice, oh-so-slightly Asian touch. The cookies presented with the cheque were dry and totally unremarkable --- fortune cookies would be better.

                          I'm very sensitive to the idea of Myers + Chang being overpriced, because of some mistaken and pernicious view that the genre of a Chinese restaurant should be cheap.

                          On the other hand, while the dumplings were quite good, they were twice as expensive as Wang's or Qingdao's, which are actually better. And the whole fish was $38, which is difficult to swallow when the whole fish at Fuloon is $16.95. Paying $5 for a pot of tea for two is fine if the tea is perfect. I don't mind paying for something that at most Chinese restaurants is free if there's choice and higher quality. There certainly was a choice of tea, but if they are going to charge like that for tea they need to be as attentive to the tea as a fine Western restaurant would be for tea served after dinner.

                          The decor is incredibly cute, and my friend liked everything from the coat check at the door, to the clean and tastefully decorated bathrooms, the clever writings on the wall, the cute while not too kitchy use of Chinese newspapers as placemats and empty tea tins to hold chopsticks at the table, as well as the availability of creative desserts.

                          So I'm still not sure about Myers + Chang. Our meal ended up (including tip) to be $50 per person. I'd gladly pay that much for a terrific meal, whether at a Chinese restaurant or not. Myers + Chang is not really a Chinese restaurant, although many of the dishes are directly inspired by Chinese food. But a meal at $50/pp needs to be more flawless than our experience. To be sure, replacing the $38 crispy whole fish with two less expensive entrees would trim down the price considerably. Still, I enjoyed last night, but it's a place I approach with some caution. When in the area, or with the right dining companions --- who might not enjoy the whole experience of other Chinese meals --- this can be a fine choice. Otherwise, one can find more inspired Chinese cooking elsewhere for much better prices.

                          1. re: teezeetoo

                            Oops, I meant to attach photos of the fish and the dessert. Sorry!

                             
                             
                            1. re: lipoff

                              Thanks for the excellent review. Isn't that fish extraordinarily small for $38?

                              1. re: joebloe

                                Hard to say, what does it mean to be "small for $38?" The entrees at No. 9 Park are $39, and I suspect that there are more calories in this fish than in the fish dishes there. But, compared to other items on th Myers + Chang menu, yes, it does seem quite expensive, even though it's probably twice the size of a normal entree.

                                I don't see any problem with a restaurant charging more for a special, premium dish, especially a whole fish dish that might be rarely ordered and carries a high inventory cost for freshness. I especially don't see any problems with a Chinese restaurant doing so. Still, while I enjoyed the fish, I would have expected something even better for this price.

                                In particular, the style of many Chinese preparations is to use the cooking method, sauce and accompaniments to provide the flavor, while the "main ingredient" (i.e. protein source) provides the texture. Using a high quality Yellowtail for this dish misses the point. The crispy frying method makes for a flavorful skin, but relatively tasteless meat. Using a fish with less flesh and more skin might make this dish better due to the more appropriate texture, as well as less expensive.

                                1. re: lipoff

                                  That fish looks like a yellowtail snapper (not to be confused with Yellowtail amberjack from Japan..which we have as hamachi in sushi bars)

                                  $38 isn't inexpensive but it's a far tastier fish than tilapia or farm raised striped bass that we often get in Hong Kong style restaurants.

                                  It's commonly caught in the FL Keys and generally sells for mid-high $30s for an appx..1 1/2- 2lb fish..in a FL restaurant.

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                                  1. re: 9lives

                                    Thanks 9lives --- I learned a lot!

                    2. I've found the food pretty consistently mediocre (with occasional exceptions) I'm sad to say. Even my friend who has a place across the street doesn't really argue for going there any more.

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                      1. re: BostonCharles

                        My view on Myers & Chang is to go basic on the menu items (ribs and dan dan noodles are great) and avoid the high priced ones and to go for lunch vs dinner. Their dining room is somewhat cold in decor, cramped/crowded tables, lots of noise and compounded with the eratic delivery of items ordered. If the kitchen is too busy, there is sometimes no logic to the sequence.

                      2. I have not been overly impressed with Myers + Chang. Its definitely over priced and I find the food to be just mediocre. There are definitely some very good, unique dishes. I especially enjoy the Tiger Tears and the Edamame and Celery slaw. I also once ordered the fish of the day, which happened to be swordfish that particular time, and it was cooked very well. However, the first time I ate at Myers I had by far the WORST fried rice i've ever had. The name is escaping me, but it is the one with the egg in it. It was so unbelievably salty ( and i really like salty food), almost inedible. I have been back a few times because I really like Chinese food and want this place to be great, but I don't know, something is just lacking for me!