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Will be at a bridge tournament this weekend at the Marriott. Have looked at this board's archive, but most of the notices are from 2007-2008. Any update?

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  1. CK Shanghai is in Wellesley and makes some ok to good Chinese-American food But CK Sau makes me the best Chinese food in Boston - and better than what i get in NYC. But that kind of food seems to require a special request to the chef.

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

      How about Jumbo Seafood in Newton Centre probably 4 miles or so down Route 30/Commonwealth Ave (turn right on Centre Street) from the Marriott. It won't blow your socks off but it certainly falls into the decent category if not a bit better. I much prefer it to CK Shanghai especially since all of us are not cambridgedoctpr who seems to be the only one in Greater Boston to be served excellent food at that restaurant.

    2. Lams is very pleasant: on Washington Street in West Newton.

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      1. re: teezeetoo

        Isn't Lam's more Thai and/or Vietnamese than Chinese?

        1. re: Gordough

          yes, Lam's is Thai/Vietnamese rather than Chinese.

      2. Forget Newton. Make the 15-minute drive to Sichuan Gourmet in Framingham for some mind-blowing food.

        1. A few other options: Green Tea on Elliot St. 1 mile East of 128/95 just off Rte 9. or China Sky on Forest St. in Wellesley just off Rte 16 about 2.5 miles West of 128/95.

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          China Sky
          11 Forest St, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481

          Green Tea Restaurant
          24 Elliot St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461

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          1. re: sushidad

            Green Tea is a really nice place for weekend Dim Sum, but I've never been there during the week. Unfortunately, I don't have the highest hopes for during the week on their regular menu. But in addition to a large menu of Americanized stuff, and also sushi, there are 23 "Hong Kong Style" (read "authentic") dishes on their menu --- mostly fish and seafood, but also a few other dishes, including Taiwanese style "three cup chicken" and roast beef noodle soup.

            Similarly Chung Shin Yuan in Newton is wonderful for weekend Taiwanese brunch, but is nothing special during the week.

            The new Mulan in Waltham (replacing Beijing Star) may not be open yet, but that is quite convenient to that side of Newton as well.

            If you don't mind going 10-15 miniutes west, Sichuan Gourmet and Red Peppers in Framingham are both fantastic. CK Shanghai is closer, but I would be more skeptical. I completely believe that cambridgedoctpr gets good food at CK Shanghai, but even when I called several days in advance to arrange for special dishes, what I received was extremely dissapointing. If I try that again, I'll try to ask for specific dishes, rather than for "chefs specials".

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            Beijing Star Restaurant
            835 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

            Chung Shin Yuan
            183 California St, Newtonville, MA 02458

            Green Tea Restaurant
            2 Beacon St, Framingham, MA 01701

            Red Pepper
            122 White St, Haverhill, MA 01830

            Sichuan Gourmet
            1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

            1. re: lipoff

              lipoff; talk directly with CK and tell him that you have not been satisfied; see what he says.

          2. Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm Portland-based, great restaurant town, but no edible Chinese anywhere to be found, so my friends and I are looking for a fix. Sichuan definitely a preference, so am glad to hear about Sichuan Gourmet and Red Pepper.

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            Red Pepper
            122 White St, Haverhill, MA 01830

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            1. re: mainemal

              Definitely don't miss Sichuan Gourmet. If you are going to be at the Marriott, just follow Rt. 30 out to Framingham. 30 dumps into Rt. 9 just a block past Sichuan Gourmet, so it's a no-brainer.