It's my week to pick the restaurant in our eating-around-the-neighborhood project, and I'm up in the air. So far we've been to Cafe Brazil, Deep Ellum, YoMa, Taqueria El Carrizal, Punjab Palace, Aneka Rasa, Soul Fire, the Indonesian stall at Super 88 which may or may not still be Jakarta Corner, and Shanghai Gate, as well as excursions into Brookline to try out Rami's and the new second location of Taqueria Mexico from Waltham.
Most recent was an oddly underwhelming dinner at New Trend last week - AWFUL salt & pepper squid which we sent back in exchange for a much better executed but underseasoned dish of plain stir-fried squid; Chinese broccoli with garlic, which was tasty but absolutely enormous stems of broccoli that were pretty much impossible to eat without mishap; and "crispy tofu" (again, in a notably underseasoned sauce) which turned out to be stuffed with shrimp. (I'd feared it might be from previous experiences with similarly-named dishes elsewhere, but the waitress didn't have enough English to discuss the problem in depth - unfortunately, BFP is allergic to shrimp alone among shellfish, but he was quite disappointed.)
In any case, I'm trying to decide where to eat tonight. The primary constraint is that it needs to be cheap - we're a bit skint this week, so if we can keep the total bill under $40 that would be a plus. I'm leaning towards a repeat visit to Shanghai Gate, and also thinking about May's Cafe, but I'm open to suggestions.