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Feb 18, 2010 05:17 AM

Myers and Chang? new menu, any good?

Anyone been to Myers and Chang recently? According to their blog last fall they added a new menu. They also have a dim sum menu. They don't seem to get too much press from Chowhounders.

How is this place compared to Jo Jo Taipei or Chinatown places? Seems overpriced for good chinese food.

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  1. I've been recently, but maybe not recently enough to notice a ton of new menu items. Some newish items we've tried and liked include the sweet potato fritters, chicken and waffles (pretty good, but don't try to eat them with chopsticks), and char siu BBQ pork. Dim sum is a weekend brunch thing only, though the concept isn't that far off from cartless dim sum to begin with: there are plenty of smallish plates.

    I think it's a mistake to compare Myers + Chang to places like JoJo Taipei and other traditional Chinese places. It's not going for traditional: it's serving slightly-creative pan-Asian fare in a loud, casual, hip-feeling Western setting with good sake, beer, and wine. They do kicky things like a version of L.A.'s Kogi truck tacos: Korean-style short ribs with Asian pear and daikon: delicious and unusual. You're paying a premium for service, atmosphere, clean bathrooms, several menus for folks with dietary restrictions, and a convenient South End location.

    It's not perfect: prices seem to have been creeping up lately (sides that used to be $4 and $5 are now $8, sake prices verge on gouging these days), and service isn't always consistently on (we've had one horrible experience amid a long string of very good ones). But I still think it's a fun, worthwhile South End destination. If you're expecting an analog to New Shanghai or Best Little Cafe, you will be disappointed.

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    1. re: MC Slim JB

      I think Jojo Taipei is pretty clean and has a nice atmosphere but is still priced a lot less.

      Perhaps they are trying to be the Momofuku of Boston? I don't mind paying for higher prices, but it should be for something unique or really incredible tasting.

      L.A's Kogi tacos are $2 while Chang's is $13 (for 3). Dumplings are also high at $11 (for 5).

      I'll have to try this place soon to see their take on Asian food.

      1. re: Torolover

        I think Momofuku comes much closer to M+C's concept than JoJo Taipei.

        I find it odd that anyone might expect to find a traditional Asian restaurant at JoJo Taipei's price point, or an L.A. food truck's, in the South End. There's a reason the more traditional places are in neighborhoods like Chinatown, Allston, and suburbs like Malden. You can't bring those same price expectations to the South End; the real estate costs don't support them.

        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Never been to Momofuku but I am glad to hear that people are starting to realize that just because it doesn't have a fish tank or ducks in the window that it can still be damn good food.

          I admit, I went the first week it was open, the woks were down, and I wasn't all that impressed. Now, however, it is one of my favorite places to go in the S.E. J.Chang is perhaps the most genuine and down to earth Boston "Celeb Chef." I have found the food to be excellent.

          Things I really like; the wings, the squash soup, scallion pancake, chicken and waffles, Korean tacos, wok seared udon, thai chicken salad, and on and on.

          I don't drink wine or saki there but on Mon. and Tues. they do a cheap date night that brings tons of food for $40, more than enough for two people. You can add a bottle of wine for $25. A pretty good deal for two people. Additionally, they do $1 oysters and PBR tallboys on Sunday night.

    2. I was there last night and left pretty unimpressed. It could be because I had just been to East by Northeast and was so blown away, but really, the food was just not that great.

      We had:
      dan dan noodles: peanut sauce noodles - pretty good, but not really dan dan.
      tiger's tears: the right taste with a nice cut of meat, but still not as good as Floating Rock - their sauce is more pungent and they use more rice, which I love.
      asian-braised short rib soft tacos: these were not good. They didn't taste like anything and the wrapper was poor.
      braised pork belly buns: the man tao was fine (though my DC disliked it), but the pork belly was just a big lump of gummy fat dripping in hoisin.
      crispy spring rolls: probably the only spring rolls I've ever liked - lots of good, fresh vegetables.

      The service, however, was awesome. When we told our server how disappointed we were, she offered to do anything to make it better. The truth is, we had a perfectly lovely time - the room is fun and the drinks are pretty tasty, but maybe the food just isn't for us. It was certainly hopping, so clearly they've found their demographic.

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      1. re: gini

        Hmmmm, thanks for the review. I have been very hesitant to go but your comments pretty much nail it.

        If I am going to have contemporary Asian it better blow the doors off.

        1. re: gini

          What did you like at East By Northeast that blew you away? I didn't know about this place in Inman Square and their web site sounds interesting. Thanks for mentioning it.

          But ditto what others have said about Myers/Chang...seems like a night vibe place for people to drink and hang out without doing the chinatown thing...sort of like a PF Chang for the bar crowd. Restaurants make a lot of profit from the bar, so I'm sure they'll do fine even w/o great food ;-)

            1. re: Spike

              Myers+Change has beer, wine, and sake (and a few sake cocktails), but no proper bar, just counter seats in front of an open kitchen. It's not really a place where people go to drink except as an accompaniment to food.