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3/6/11 Myers and Chang Made Us Wicked Happy Campers!

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How come no CHs post about this place? Maybe it's a fav. spot but...........but what?
Well, anyway, tonight, only our second visit here, we had a veritable '10' experience. Amazing lovely, helpful ,well informed waitress, Chelsea, combined with an unusual delicious drink and a perfectly executed roster of dishes to give us a great time.

Our favs:
* Ginjo Gimlet: so refreshing and not sweet: sake, lime juice, ginger syrup
* Tea smoked spare ribs- even better than before. Purely Sublime- smoky, silky, tender, succulent perfection.
* Shiitake Omelet- you'll never think about omelets in the same way after this one. Like a napoleon- a tall wedge of many thin layers of egg. Oyster sauce, sambal and plentiful shiitakes make for a complex simplicity of moist punchy flavors.
* Wok-charred Udon with baby bok choy, chicken and oyster sauce. Heady perfume. Heady eating.
* Butternut squash coconut soup- could not be any better. I could live on this velvet essence.

excellent:
* coconut cream pie- but would have been even better if custard had been made w/ coconut milk
* intense dark chocolate terrine w/ cocoa nibs and coffee whipped cream. MAjor flavor.

3rd place:
- Panko crusted lemon chicken- very clean bright flavors
- Sweet potato sausage patties -lacked oomph of before
-signature short rib tacos- maybe I was just so bowled over by the tea smoked short ribs that I couldn't appreciate these as much.

What's my New Year's resolution? To try Erbaluce, Neptune Oyster, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Bondir,
O Ya, Craigie on Main. And to become a regular at Myers and Chang. In the realms of Asian and Asian Fusion, we Bostonians should count ourselves so lucky to have both an East by Northeast and a Myers and Chang (and an O Ya for the blow-out times.)

Any suggestions for when we next return? Thanks much.

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O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Myers + Chang
1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Erbaluce
69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

East by Northeast
1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Bondir
279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. I completely agree. I was frequenting their brunch menu every other week before moving. Some great dinner items as well. Working above a Flour wasn't too shabby either. Still can't find a BLT at that level. Still can't find real bacon either which could be part of the problem.

    I would highly suggest Erbaluce. Found that place two weeks before moving, but successfully made it there twice and was extremely happy. Chef Draghi even specially ordered a few suckling pigs to make a whole porchetta for a large table before I moved. Fantastic all around. Service, wines, food, hospitality. Go, you won't be disappointed.

    And, do go to Neptune Oyster for lunch. I always loved going on a sunday afternoon. Grab a dozen oysters and a bottle of Gruner or good acidic Riesling. And if that burger is still around, you might want to partake.

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    Neptune Oyster
    63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

    Erbaluce
    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    6 Replies
    1. re: BeanTownGolfer

      thanks for those comments. are you in Ausieland now?

      1. re: opinionatedchef

        Down in Sydney now after 6 years in Boston. Some pretty delicious eats (and drinks) down on this side of the world.

        1. re: BeanTownGolfer

          That wok-charred udon dish isn't something I ever would have been tempted to order until the day I tried it on a dining companion's plate and fell in love. So, so good.

          1. re: BeanTownGolfer

            I adore Sydney: such a bounty from the land and sea, so many great influences from all over. A fabulous food town. Wasn't so great on the cocktail front on my last visit a few years ago, but abundant good wine and beer.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            1. re: MC Slim JB

              MC Slim - Where did you eat while in Sydney? Always looking for recommendations. You actually pointed me towards Erbaluce for their Porchetta. I'm sure things have changed since you've been to Sydney, but if you came across any small, out of the way spots, I'd defintely been keen to try some more.

              The food down here is great. The meats especially. Aussies do export quite a bit, but the proteins here are fantastic. Great supplies at local farmers markets. Had some fantastic, fullblood 9+ wagyu from the local butcher last weekend. It was unlike any wagyu (or beef of any kind) I've ever had before.

              The cocktail scene has picked up a bit this year. There are a few bars focused on cocktails but for the most part they seem to be going with the classics. I haven't come across too many good, custom cocktails. I think Melbourne has a few more bars that might be better. The hard part are the prices. I ordered a sazerac with Hudson Valley Rye and that was $45. Sure, it was imported and the extreme, but a typical cocktail by someone who cares about making them properly, will cost you $20 easily. I'd do anything for that "expensive" $15 sazerac from Drink.

              The wines here are fantastic. It's a shame there's not a better selection of good Aussie wines in the US. I've been to a few regions so far and haven't been disappointed. The small boutiques down here are doing some crazy things to differentiate themselves from the big guys and the wines they come up with are by and large, very very good. And that whole not having to carry a cork screw through security when traveling is nice. I have become a screw cap convert.

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              Erbaluce
              69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

              1. re: BeanTownGolfer

                I'll try to excavate my restaurant and bar notes from my last trip. I can imagine some of them being scarcely legible. (Loved the music scene, too.)

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/