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foumami

has anyone heard anything about this? it's opened and at 225 franklin street.

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  1. It's an Asian sandwich bar that seems to be mostly a takeout place, though they have some indoor and outdoor dining. Looks like influences are Japanese, Chinese, and Korean for the most part.

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    1. re: hiddenboston

      ;o) that much i heard.... wondering if anyone has tried it. i might be willing to take one for the team. getting columbian delivered for lunch today, but later this week might work.

      1. re: eLizard

        I've been there twice now and a co-worker also visited.

        First visit, I tried the "Chinese Cobb Salad". Typical Cobb salad; I'm not sure what about it is supposed to be Chinese. Nice blend of ingredients--bacon, blue cheese, etc--and an enjoyable enough dressing. Good for the most part except that the chicken was strangely dry and somewhat tough.

        My co-worker, the following day, had the Five Spice Brisket salad, which he was not at all happy with. He reported that the brisket was extremely tough, lacked the five spice flavor, and, as listed on the menu, was served "chilled" (a.k.a. ice cold). He was also not pleased with the ratio of greens to meat and other vegetables.

        On my second visit I tried the Japanese Garden Salad and a bowl of napa cabbage and tofu soup. The salad was tasty -- greens topped with apples, mandarin orange, tomato, and cucumber, and paired with a ginger dressing of the type you might expect to receive at a casual Japanese restaurant. Well done in my opinion.

        The soup was merely okay -- chicken broth with a few chunks of tofu and some cabbage floating around. Not especially interesting or flavorful, and a lot more broth than chunks.

        The salads are served with a few slices of scallion pancake, which I rather enjoyed on both visits, although the first time I think it was a bit fresher (crispier) and I received much bigger slices. The soup is not served with anything.

        Price-wise: The salads are around $8.00 each, and I was happy with the value on the Cobb. It makes for an acceptable lunch. Not so happy to pay almost the same price for the garden salad, which includes no protein and therefore isn't really enough on its own (for me, at least). The soup cost around $5.50 and in my opinion was quite overpriced.

        I'll probably give the place one more shot in a couple of months, but given the number of other options in the area I don't expect to become a regular visitor unless things really change.

        1. re: eLizard

          And more importantly, where is the Colombian place?

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            eastie. punto rojo. if you order enough they'll deliver to the financial district. and thanks for the review!

      2. Totally cracked me up; the name translates to something like "Food the Buddha would have loved", or "tastes the Buddha would have loved",but they're 90% meat! The Buddha was a vegetarian!!!!

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        1. re: galleygirl

          Faux Chinese (meaning the name) - blah. They at least give you a better history on the site about where their name comes from (referring to an actual famous Chinese dish) but then blending this with Japanese, creating a nonsense word? It doesn't translate into anything..unlike what some of the websites/reviews insist.

          Butchering of Asian languages aside, I would be curious on how the food is. Some of the items look good in the pictures, but some look a bit bland. Kudos to them if they can pull this off. Their website reads inspired by Shandong cuisine, but nothing struck me as particularly reminiscent of Shandong, on their menu except maybe the shao bing.

          1. re: kobuta

            i know! before i read the history (and pronunciation guide) i thought it was a pho/umami hybrid word. then after reading the history, i thought the name should be faux-umami.

        2. the thread title made me crack up and i hadn't even clicked it yet

          1. Had a brisket sandwich for lunch today - it was $7.95, the brisket did have five spice flavor, but was dry and a little tough (the tough didn't bother me too much, but the dry did). I think they only give you hot sauce if you ask (next time I will) - I brought it back to work, and saw they hadn't put one of the little containers in. I liked the bread quite a bit, it's like Cosi or Viga, but better. The toppings were cucumber and scallion, and the sandwich came with a small bunch of sweet pickled carrot and celery sticks. I also liked the complimentary scallion pancake wedges they put out. At least I hope they were complimentary, I just took a bunch of them.

            A colleague had the chicken teriyaki sandwich, which she said was quite good, maybe I'll try that next time. I remember thinking in the line that if this is another Pressed Sandwiches kind of place, I'm going to be pissed, and right now, I'm thinking it might be. The size of the sandwich is small for $8, making splitting not an option, and the descriptions of the food make it sound more delicious than it is, and those were my two big beefs with Pressed. I will definitely give them at least one more try, though.

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            1. re: nsenada

              I tried the seared steamed chicken sandwich for lunch today. It's pretty simple - chicken, cucumber, lettuce and cilantro - but tasted quite good. They have squeeze bottles of hot sauce at the counter with the utensils and napkins (it would be great if they had little containers for to-go orders, but I digress). The scallion pancakes (which are indeed complementary) were light and tasty. Overall, I think it's a good addition to the neighborhood - and a nice break from the Cosi-Au Bon-Pain-Sebastian's routine.

              1. re: beb31

                Correction - they do have to go containers for hot sauce (it's a pretty generous amount), you just have to ask for it when you pick up your order. Yes, I went there again today. *hangs head in shame*

            2. I went to Foumami yesterday. Funny about the Buddha. I thought it was a play on "umami".

              I had not heard of this place so I went right for the top of the menu: the braised pork loin sandwich. They have to do a decent job on the first thing listed, right?

              It was decent. The pork was good. The sandwich was not over dressed. I was not sure what to do with a little packet of celery and carrots which they provided when I picked up the sandwich, so I just threw them on the sandwich. Would have liked more cilantro.

              But, for $8, I can go to Mei Sum and get more than two sandwiches, even better tasting, so I probably won't be heading back unless I'm right there (it's a bit out of the way for me). I wouldn't mind trying something else there, though.

              Ugh, just saw the comment about the hot sauce! That would have helped a lot.

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              1. re: Alcachofa

                The name IS a play on umami, which is a Japanese word, while fo is the mandarin Chinese pronunciation for buddha. The "meaning" attributed to the name by the press is incorrect.