Indian Dhaba, Allston
They have a newish and sizeable Indo-Chinese menu (i.e. Chinese food cooked in India by Chinese immigrants). Manchuriyan chicken is good and bad --good: great sauce a refreshing herbal layer of cilantro over a good amount of complex spiciness; bad: batter on the fried chicken pieces are soft and un-crispy. Worth trying more stuff on the menu imho.
Blue Frog Cafe, JP
Serious thumbs up for the chicken salad sandwich with mango. Sweet mango against the lightly dressed chicken, mayo subtly touched with intriguing curry-like spices...I'm thinking cardamom, coriander, but who knows. Perfect against the nuttiness of the seven grain bread.
Almond croissant has a wonderful soft almond filling, just the right balance of air and croissant, neither too dense nor too light. But comes across as a little chewy; my personal preference lies with shatteringly brittle croissants.
Pierrot, Beacon Hill, Boston
Still no liquor license, customers are happily buying booze from nearby stores. Some of the best, crispy profiteroles I've had in a while. Bad news: chocolate sauce is weak, vanilla ice cream filling is pretty good but could be better. The quality of the profiterole shell trumps the other weaker components as far as I'm concerned, but you'll have to decide for yourself.
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