Dinner 6/11/22

Pan-fried noodles with seafood; Pork belly and tofu in 5-spice sauce

A little dinner with my friend Tony at Dumpling Cafe in Chinatown befor going to a concert. Tony had never had soup dumplings (xiao long bao), which are Dumpling Cafe’s speciality, and the restuarant is just around the corner from the Wang Theatre where we were going, so it seemed like a perfect choice.

I, of course, forgot to take a photo of the dumplings, but I have posted them here previously. These are the other dishes we ordered. The pork belly and tofu dish was outstanding. The five-spice sauce was savory and not too overpowering, and the contrast of the crispy pieces of pork belly and silky soft tofu was amazing. They do the pan-fried noodles witha few different proteins, but this one featured seafood (mainly scallops and squid) and the sauce was deeply flavored by the seafood bits. We probably should have ordered one of their spicier dishes, but I’m not really sad that we didn’t because I didn’t bring a towel to wipe down my sweaty head.

The XLBs were, as ever, fantastic. We ordered both varieties (one that is just pork, one is pork and crab). Tony enjoyed them enormously.

Dinner 5/21/22

Dinner at Mistral

Last Saturday was our daughter’s 21st birthday, and we took her to Mistral in Boston to commemorate the occasion. She got to enjoy her first legal drink with a birthday toast (sparkling rosé) and we all enjoyed our meal. The restuarant seemed to be full of special occasion diners – grad parties, birthdays, romantic occasions – which is what fine-dines are best for. The menu at Mistral is pretty standard bistro fare, but very well prepared. I had the crab ravioli and roast duck, my wife had the escargot and the sole, and our daughter had the carpaccio and the lamb.

Probably the most remarkable thing about the meal was the price of the lamb. It was listed on the menu as “Market Price”, which is usually reserved for things like lobster, but almost always means it’s going to be expensive. Which it was. $125 for the entree. Either the supply chain crisis has driven the price of lamb WAY WAY up, or that is some pretty special lamb. Yikes.