I am way overdue to post some:
Dragged to Kowloon for a large group outing (I managed to beg off part two of the evening which took place further up route one at a venue whose name sounds like a produce stand but most assuredely is not. Though I am told the tomatoes can be appealing.)
So Kowloon. American Poo Poo platter fair. Competently done, but when the apps and mains all include heavily battered deep fried strips of chiken... And seriously just not that tasty. The char siu (boneless spare ribs) was pretty good. The Mai Tai's were pre mixed, too sweet, and just generally lame. I like a good Mai Tai. I even like a good crappy Mai Tai. This wasn't even a good crappy Mai Tai.
Floating Rock in the new local: They really need to be encouraged to bring the authentic stuff. The bar tender was very very nice but was not really keeping up with a bar that was 1/3 full. And the booze they stock is like something out of 1999. Seriously how many flavored vodkas do you need. An NO decent rum...
Tiger's tears if anything 2X the portion in the old local. Had to ask them to bring many extra bird chiles on the side to get the heat up, but the quality of the meat and the execution was top notch. Big ground meat main was unexceptional.
Chow Foon Alert!!! The Chow Foon with Chinese Broccoli and Beef with Brown Sauce was easily the best rendition I have had in Boston in the last few years. Spot on amazing and a good bargain for $10 or so. Fresh rolls and spring rolls were both nicely done.
They are getting up to speed, but I think will do fine. We need to get out and support this place in the early days so that they will be here 10 years from now. And talk up adding more real Cambodian stuff!!!
That same night we had (prior to my remembering that Floating Rock was open) tried to get into Craigie. There were 4 people waiting for seats at the bar. The lounge area was 90% empty at 7:15 but they told us, with considerable attitude, that it was all reserved up. Honestly it was just bizarre. They were bizarre, the usual Craigie weird behavior.
Lastly, hit Guanachapi (the River Street location) in Waltham. It was the Chowpup's first chowting at a never before chowed local. We had crunchy fried papusa thingies with shredded beef on top. The hit of the night, though the papusa thingies were a bit overfried.
Fried plantains were good. We had the Guanachapi plate to share for dinner, and quite frankly, eh. The usual Central/South American Montanero (mountain man) plate of everything. The beef was not that flavorful, the chicharron was pretty good. Everything could have used a little marinating or something. The beef could have used a quicker, charcoalier sear. They subbed plantains for the yucca listed on the menu. The version I et with alcachofa under the bridge in Chelsea a while back had 4X the flavor and 2X the meat. Oh well.