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Jan 25, 2012 11:13 PM

Foumami in Financial District?

Found a few threads which mentioned F last fall( both bad and good comments.) Any recent comments? Globe article on them today re- Chinese New Year, and the owner described an amazing (sounding) ginger scallion fried/steamed chicken on a current sandwich. Also, can anyone describe what their (house made) bread is like- 'shao bing'? thanx.

225 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110

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  1. They are on my regular rotation of lunch places in the financial district. I've only eaten their salads, so I can't comment on the bread, but I think their salads are pretty delicious, if maybe a tad expensive. I was there last week and had the Bibimbap salad which was a special but apparently popular enough that the owner was thinking of keeping in permanently. One of the best salads I've had in a long, long time, combo of rice, salad, choice of protein, and a spicy dressing.

    1. I went yesterday for the first time (read the same Globe article). I liked it (had a pork loin sandwich with scallions, cucumber and a very tasty sauce. The bread is sort of like a cosi flat bread, but thinner. Not a huge sandwich, but a pretty good amount of pork. Menu looks pretty interesting across the board. it's a bit of a hike for me for lunch, so it probably won't be a regular, but a nice change of pace.

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      1. re: jdoc

        I went once, fairly recently, had the (cold) brisket sandwich and wasn't so blown away that I've run back in the subsequent couple o'weeks... The bread is fairly dense, but relatively thin, akin to a lavash or thick flour tortilla- I think mine would've been better warmed up for a flash (it was nearly cold & rather "tough" as a result, likewise with the brisket). I'd still go back though, the flavors were good, and the components nice & fresh; I might go for one of the "cutlets"/katsus next time...

      2. I go once every few weeks. My favorite of the sandwiches is the chicken katsu. It's nicely breaded chicken cutlets with cabbage, tomatoes and katsu sauce. They're about the same price point as a place like Cosi, with much better food. Plus, I'm always a sucker for Cape Cod Potato Chips and a pickle, which come with the sandwiches.

        1. No reason to go there, when you can go down the street and get two banh mi for less than one Foumami. And the banh mi will taste much better. Bread was not memorable in any way. That "ginger scallion fried/steamed chicken" sounds good, but that has always been my experience there... something sounds good, but then I order it and my mouth is sad.

          Have not had the salads.

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          1. re: Alcachofa

            where is that bahn mi? Dewey Square truck or elsewhere? Thanks!

            1. re: rlh

              The Bon Me truck is the same price (they both start with a 6) as Foumami. Alcachofa is referring to Chinatown.

              1. re: mkfisher

                Yes there are a couple places in Chinatown that fits the description. I usually go to Mei Sum.

                Mei Sum Bakery Coffee Shop
                40 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

              2. re: rlh

                The BonMe truck is usually parked in the plaza opposite South Station & 1 Financial Ctr, weekdays from 11-ish to 3-ish, a.k.a. Dewey Square (You may also know it as where the farmer's market is held, or where "Occupy Boston" set up shop at the end of the Rose Kennedy Greenway). There's also banh-mi available at at least a couple of take-out joints in Chinatown; one I sometimes go to is just up from the Chinatown Mickey-D's on Washington St. (700 block?), in between Kneeland & Beach St.'s.