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Apr 28, 2011 04:54 PM

Jumbo Seafood:The Good Bad & Ugly

Want to love this place,
Tanks full of black bass, Dungeness Crab, live shrimp & Goeducks
and last time I had:
The Good
A fat pacific crab simply done in scallion & ginger
as good as it gets!

Today went back expecting to try a Cantonese lobster at lunch
but upon spying the bargain 4.75 3 course lunch specials, changed course :
Mia Culpa
The bad
The fish fillet with tofu was presented in a pleasant mild sauce
w/:nicely chewy & tender tofu,a but the fish:
(at this homonymously named establishment)
Just the kind of over breaded, dense,McNugget size fillet you would find
in the sweet/sour buffet station at Tiki-Lau
a chewy, gummy mess.
The Bejing raviolis that came along with,
were just plain cold & when asked for warm ones
was served more cardboard.
In a neighborhood where they are making fresh ones 100 yds away
no excuse for this I dont think, or the noodles(which were a sub for rice)
which were simply too bland an overcooked
version of a dan dan noodle to describe.
The Ugly
Particularly aloof and unconcerned service people & Mgmt.(host) as well
even last time when the food was great..
Though I should probably let that go
as the detective memorably once said to Jack Nicholson
"Forget it Jake, Its Chinatown."
NB: this as opposed to the two rather charming brothers (and sister)
that run Peach Farm down the road, for their folks!

To be fair, Jumbo's r e a l dinners, I know, can be outstanding
Just please fellow canines, don't get sucked in to the bargain lunch
unless your looking for suburban pablum.
My suggestion would be for them to charge a dollar or two more,
cut down the portion size if necessary...
but serve Seafood worthy of its name,
(boy do I miss having that fresh lobster now)

The Dude

Peach Farm
4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
7 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

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  1. grrrross. thanks for the warning. sad.

    1. Thanks for the warning. Try the spicy salt fish filet at hong kong eatery for lunch sometime or if you are looking for peking ravioli, the ones at winsor. I agree jumbo's service can be very indifferent at best. Their peking duck 2 ways is usually good, though.

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      1. re: barleywino

        Bwine & Gourmain...
        I had a tough time not stopping in at Windsor that day instead!
        Must agree, some really outstanding individually made small dishes there : )
        & may never have stumbled across it without this board, Thanks)
        BWine's also right to suggest:
        HK eatery...may as well be in KL or SIN, as they seem to be able to produce
        basic Cantonese roasted foul & soups to a simple, but exact Overseas Sino standard.
        Both in preparation and (lack of) ambiance - a little hard core for some, this place is a treasure!
        Th' Dude

        1. I respectfully disagree and I'm sorry that your experience was so poor. I find there $4.75 lunch good value for what it is. Not chowish, but Americanized Chinese food for the bargain lunch crowd. Their General Gau's chicken is an occasional guilty pleasure that I find better than others in Ctown including Peach Farm (a CH favorite). I guess for this price, I wouldn't expect to get quality seafood though you might try Jade Garden for their similarly priced lunches. I find the seafood chow mein and the crabmeat yee mein to be good (again for the price). Your mileage may vary.

          Peach Farm
          4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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          1. re: gourmaniac

            Agree, I mean what can you expect from a lunch special that costs less than parking your car in CT. I usually for for the tanks and forget about bargains.

            1. re: treb

              the idea that a chinese restaurant produces junky americanized food for the masses is well reported at this board. We can add Jumbo to the growing list of places that serve excellent and mediocre food: Sichuan Gourmet, Thailand Cafe, etc.

              Sichuan Gourmet
              1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                Seems to be fairly typical for lunchtime...gotta cater to the average crowd.

                Another good example is Chung Shing Yuan in Newton/Watertown. Really great taiwanese dim sum on sunday morning with lines before they open. Tried it for lunch once or twice during a weekday and it was the typical americanized crap lunch specials...lots of sweet/sour sauce, lo mein noodles, fried rice, blechhh.

          2. I recently ordered take out from Jumbo a couple of weeks ago in the Newton Centre location and was shocked at how truly bad it was. In it's early years there it was good but lately not so good. My food was very bland and had no flavor what so ever. It was expensive too. This was dinner not a lunch special.