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Feb 5, 2010 07:26 AM

South Shore Updates?

Anything new and exciting on the south shore? Would love to hear peoples' current favorites (restaurants and/or specific dishes). I have a pretty consistent rotation of "go to" places (Tosca, Caffe Bella, Saporitos, Bia Bistro, Fat Cat, Square Cafe, El Sarape) but would love some fresh ideas. Thanks

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  1. Our newest spots are; Orta (Italian), Rt 53 Pembroke; Great Chow (Asian), Rt18 Abington; Wild Ginger (Thai), Rt 53 Norwell; Mia Regazza (Italian), Rt 18 Abington. That should keep you busy for a while. They're all pretty good, and we'll definately go back to all, especially Orta.

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    1. re: CocoDan

      CocoDan: Have you tried the new asian place that went in to the old Jury Room location? I can't remember the name and I'm wondering if that would be a good rec? Oh, and I'll have to check out Mia Regazza, hadn't heard of it.

      1. re: Pegmeister

        Peg, Just went to Kama Lounge with a couple friends on Friday. We were going to have a few appetizers then go to Alba for dinner but ended up staying. Overall it was a good experience and I will go back to try other items on their menu.

        Very relaxing atmosphere, cool black chandeliers. Our waitress was friendly and very accommodating. One cocktail was too sweet and there was no problem switching to something else. Berry Fusion was totally delicious, full of berry flavors.

        * Drunken Hamachi - Very fresh and a good combo of texture with avocado, a bit too horseradish-y taste for one of my friends but I like it.
        * Oysters - Good mignonette sauce, but at $3 a piece, I will get them somewhere else.
        * Duck Confit - Great flavor, nice touch with pork rind. We all loved it.
        * Foie Gras - Excellent, well seared outside and buttery inside. It's a very small piece to share with two other people. ; D
        * Sweet Potato Fries - Dry rub coating and a sour cream dipping sauce for temperature, texture, and flavor contrast. A big winner.
        * Deviled Eggs - Well executed with a reduced balsamic drizzle.
        * Country Friend Steak - Very tender but under-seasoned steak, with nice crunchy coating. Good comfort food if they can season it a little better.
        * Calamari - BAD. Penko coating was way too thick and there was a large pool of butter on the bottom. If you are in a mood to have calamari, try the salt and pepper one from their Asian menu. They let you order from their sister restaurant next door.
        * Dessert - Cheap but don't bother. Walk to Alba and have a nice night cap too. We ordered a couple out of curiosity and they are similar what you can get at the Kam Man Supermarket bakery on Quincy Ave.

        We each had a couple of drinks and the check came to about $50 each, with tax and tips.

    2. Haven't been yet, but I've been hearing great things about Little Duck in Quincy.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        Peg, The new name is Kama Lounge. I'll let someone else try it first and see what they have to say. Mia Regazza has been there for a couple of years, but we just recently went there. I liked it. Decent Italian with large portions, good bar drinks and wine. A little pricey for Abington, but you won't feel cheated.

        hb, Little Duck is good. Haven't been in a while, but give it a try and report back.

        1. re: CocoDan

          I've given Mia Regazza three tries and was only moderatley satisfied once. I find their meals are too expensive for what they're offering and sub par on the whole. I find Ecco to be a better value and better overall.

          Little duck has been around for a while. Good take out option.

          nothing too new on th SS and the OP mentioned just about every worthwhile restaurant in the area. Orta is great for a few small plates and a pizza.

          1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

            How about Chateau in Braintree-next to Bugaboo? I haven't been but was told that you need to get there early for they get mobbed. Was told by an older Italian lady that it was good esp the fresh baked bread.

            1. re: Chocomom

              That Chateau is more of chain/generic italian food. I wouldn't recommend it over, say, bugaboo for a burger.

              1. re: SOBoston

                I agree - went there once because an acquaintance recommended it - I now know better than to ever ask them for a recommendation ever again. Apparently they enjoy microwaved food drowned in whatever sauce you order...

          2. re: CocoDan

            Kama Lounge and it's sister restaurant Bistro Chi will open tomorrow.

            I wish Jimmy Liang well!!. I love Fuji1486 (#?) and Beni (still gotta get to Shabu)--so I hope this does well.

            Here's the website:


            1. re: SeaSide Tomato

              I'm surprised there hasn't been a review of Kama yet. Someone named Don has been busy on Yelp and a few other sites singing the praises.

              1. re: jjbourgeois

                Have walked by there several times at cocktail/dinner hour and never see anyone in there, or at best 2-4 people.

                The other place no one mentions is Alba. I like this place. They do a good job with most of their menu and have a very nice wine list. Good bar service. I like their seafood dishes with pasta, and apps. are very good with drinks. Good, comforable setting, with friendly, competent service.

                1. re: CocoDan

                  CocoDan, funny you say that. I do love Alba but don't get there as often as I used to. I did, however, go this past Friday night. DC and I split a very tasty fried calamari--nicely ganished with some blanched julienned peppers, a good spicy kick from a bit of jalepeno and a slightly different remoulade that was a bit sweet and spicy--a combo I love.

                  It was impossible for me to *not* to order the duck dish: perfectly medium-rare breast, confit leg, foie gras bread pudding (!!!!!), arugula (a perfect little fresh, bitter bite), and finished with huckleberries (sauce and berries).

                  This was over the top delicious and for a duck lover like me, I was in seventh heaven. I would get this every night if my budget and waistline allowed.

                  DC had prosciutto-wrapped cod with roasted potatoes (which were out of this world--I swear they must have been cooked under my duck, they were so succulent and flavorful). DC was not in love with his cod--but I think it was because it WAS Cod (white, firm/flaky) not much going on with it. He's more of a seared tuna/salmon sashimi/more flavorful, oilier fish-type. I think cod-lovers would enjoy Alba's cod-it was perfectly executed.

                  We split a side of aspagus (I needs me pleny of veg) and it too was delicious.

                  We went there specifically to have a great meal and dine at the bar to watch the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. This was perfect for that: great , thoughtful service; nice, engaging folks all around us. I started with a great, dry Beefeater martini. Moved on to a glass of Zen of Zin red to go with the duck. I was one happy diner.

                  Note to wine lovers--Alba has a huge, well thought out list. The bartender told me they are now selling many bottles at cost. Having started with a martini, I could not trust myself with a bottle--and DC wanted white with his cod. So I passed, but I will remember that in future.

                  Alba is lovely-as always!

                  1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                    Take note, you can take home what wine you don't finish. I always ask Leo, the owner, to help select the wine. He comes up with some beauties.

                    I'm not sure if it's still on the lunch menu, but we had some unbeleiveably delicious fried clams there (yes, I said fried clams). Glad you enjoy Alba.

                    I'm sure I've said it before; downtown food without the downtown prices. And plenty of free parking.

                    1. re: CocoDan

                      Thanks--I do know, but that's what I mean about I didn't trust myself with a whole bottler! Too easy to keep enjoying it right then when it's right in front of me! Hey-recognizing it is half the battle! :)

                      1. re: SeaSide Tomato

                        SeaSide, Thanks for the reminder about Alba. Your description of that duck dish literally made my mouth watering. Hope they still have it when I go there this week.

                        BTW, has anyone been to Spazio in Braintree lately? It used to be one of my go-to places but the food seemed not as good since they expanded. I haven't been there for a couple years.

          3. re: hiddenboston

            LOVE the duck with yellow curry at Little Duck- it was actually my "goodbye meal" my last nite in Boston before moving to New Hampshire.

            1. re: southie_chick

              The duck chee curry at Little Duck is wonderful, too.

            2. re: hiddenboston

              And, I was at Tennesee's in Braintree a couple of months ago & thought the pork ribs were pretty good.

              1. re: southie_chick

                Love Tennessee's mac and cheese. Love fuji for sushi too- although the restaurant itself is a bit tired- the dirty stained bar stools enforce this but the food is still as good as ever.

                1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                  A number of us were at Tennessee's yesterday to check it out again, and it impressed everyone once again. Their mac and cheese continues to be one of my favorites.

                  1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                    The Fat Cat Has the best mac and cheese I have ever had anywhere. Forget the lobster, short rib, etc...this is amazing comfort food just as is.

                    Fat Cat
                    24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

              2. I haven't been for a few months but I've had a few nice breakfasts at Aygila on Union St. in Rockland (6 minutes from Exit 14.) I imagine they've had a rocky start in this economy (and in Rockland) so I speculate they've circulated through a few changes of staff/chefs, but my last two breakfasts there were very nice-- lovely poached eggs and a decent hollandaise. Not so sure about dinner quality but I see signs in the window offering a "3-course dinner" for $16. Turkish influenced restaurant but seeming to cater more and more to the generic American palate.

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                1. re: globalgourmand

                  Going to try Aygila again for breakfast this morning if they're open for the President's Day holiday. They now have a website, including a recent article in the Patriot Ledger (Business 2/5.)


                2. Has anyone been to The Ocean Deck in Green Harbor yet?

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                  1. re: phonelady

                    Went to the ocean deck last week. They have some work to do. I was there for a fishing seminar and they were slammed. They weren't ready for how busy it was.
                    I had a steak tip sandwich which was fine. The roll was a little stale. They have the big potato logs for fries. My old man had the fish and chips and it was average.

                    The bar was packed on a Sunday afternoon (before Patriot's Day). It will be fine in a pinch and a GREAT place in the summertime for a drink on the outside patio.

                    1. re: typhoonfish

                      Thanks for the update, hope things improve by the time I get down there in August!

                  2. We have a new favorite pizza place in Rose & Vicki's on 3A in Weymouth. The Tinker's Son on 123 in Norwell has a good Sunday brunch buffet accompanied by a great Irish session from 11am-2pm. They also serve a good Irish breakfast. My complaint for them is that their tea sucks and their Guinness is not served in pint glasses. The Union Brew-house isn't new, but we have been going there for their great beer selection and killer nachos (order with chicken AND chili). There is also Jasper White's Summer Shack at the Derby Street shops in Hingham. We have eaten there twice and have been happy with the staff and cuisine...and they have Fisherman's on draft :)