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Sep 5, 2008 07:29 AM

Sorry people....Gitlo's is not the SHIZZNIT!

I had been looking forward to going to Gitlo's for a while based on reports I read here on the boards. Why oh why did I anticipate thi so hard and leave so ridiculously disappointed. There was only 2 of 6 items i ordered that i would ever even attempt to eat again. I ordered:

Chive Dumplings with water chestnut, ginger, shrimp and pork--These were absolutely delicious. I would eat these every day if I could. Bursting with flavor and I loved the texture. Ok let me stop...I am getting hungry.

Spring Rolls Wrapped with taro, pork shrimp and dry black mushroom--Ummm...they were okay but they had a very odd texture that I just can't take

Barbecue Pork Wrapped In Homemade Puff Pastry contains peanut butter--This dish is just not any shape, form, or fashion. The flavor was and not in a good way. You could not pay me to eat this again.

House Made Clear Noodle, Stir Fried with fresh sea shrimp green pepper, onion carrot and mushroom--This was okay but I do not like those mushrooms and they perfumed the entire dish. I also did not like the noodles....hold on while I compose myself just from the though of eating these again.

Shrimp Paste wrapped in bacon--Not necessarily bad or anything but it tasted like ham.

Long Hot Peppers with Shrimp taste buds are still dancing from this one. I loved them and I would order these 3 times a day if I could.

Most likely though I will not be returning to Gitlo's. I will stick to Dim Sum Chef and Winsor for my dim sum needs.

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  1. Wow - I'm really sorry you didn't like the food at Gitlo's, but clearly your tastes differ quite a bit from mine. I love and adore the house-made clear noodles, and also the barbecue pork in homemade puff pastry (char siu so).

    I'll grant you that I don't think ANYBODY on this board has liked the taro spring rolls. Folks are also divided on the crispy veggie rolls - Barmy and I really like them, but many others find the unctuous texture of the filling a bit off-putting.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Allstonian

      I'd agree with Johnresa. I tried Gitlo's on this board's strong recommendation and it was imho good...not great. A great local destination but not necessarily worth the drive from Cambridge.

      1. re: CambridgeFoodie

        where would you suggest that's better for dim sum and nearer to cambridge? we're new somerville arrivistes and would like to explore the area. i've been to gitlo's once and really adored it. on the basis of one visit, i'd say i'd much rather go to gitlos than china pearl (haven't tried hei la moon.) but if there's anywhere closer in to cambridge/somerville that's better i'm all ears.

        1. re: autopi

          well, Chau-Chow City is reliably respectable.

          Great? No.

          Satisfying? Yes

          Best Dim Sum I've ever had? Ocean Seafood in Los Angeles:

          1. re: CambridgeFoodie

            i think i may have been to chau-chow city; if it's the one i'm thinking of, i remember thinking it was ok-to-middling. maybe a 6 out of 10. not even close to gitlo's in my book, where i thought the dumplings & noodles in particular were fantastic. but again that's on the basis of one visit to each, so not necessarily representative. oh well, to each his/her own...

          2. re: autopi

            Shangri-La in Belmont is very close to Cambridge. It serves very good dim sum on the weekends. Best to arrive in time for the 11:30 opening or about an hour or so later if you do not want to wait in line.

            Also, you might want to try Mary Chung in Central Square, Cambridge, for weekend dim sum, if only for the Suan La Chow Sho. I have fantasies about that dish...

            1. re: PinchOfSalt

              Do I recall that Shangri-La serves Taiwanese-style dim sum, like Chung Shin Yuan in Newton?

              Speaking for myself, I like it all, but I also know many people who feel pretty strongly that if it's not Cantonese-style, with har gau, shiu mai, and steamed bao, it's not "proper" dim sum.

      2. You could take the 66 bus from Harvard Sq. to get to Gitlo.

        It's an awesome little joint to sit and chew the fat, shoot the *, wax lyrical about whatever. There's no rush to leave though the longer you stay, the more you smell when you leave.

        To that end, the food is satisfying and fitting. I do not think its amazing but its an option that I would rather have than not have.