My bf and I have lived in the south end for several months but hadn't had a chance to dine at myers + chang yet, so we made a reservation for 8:45pm last night and excitedly walked over. The dining room and bar were both very busy, and we got two ginjo gimlets made by Ramy at the bar while we waited. These were fantastic! Bright, fresh, and a nice balance of lime and ginger. Our table was ready within fifteen minutes and we were seated at one of the prime corner tables (score!). It was a lively crowd at the restaurant, but in a fun way, not an "i-can't-hear-a-word-you-are-saying" way. I asked the server for the shellfish free menu and explained my shellfish allergy, then we got down to business choosing what to order.
The order they arrived in was: scallion pancakes (heavenly, nice and fluffy, never ordering cheap scallion pancakes again), edamame and celery slaw (very fresh with a lovely sweet sesame sauce), braised short rib tacos (double corn tortilla and a nice heat to some perfectly braised pork) and then mama chang's pork dumplings. All I tasted in my first bite of these was a strong lemon flavor and so I asked my bf if his were also very lemony. He said he did not get that at all, so I went for a second bite. As I chewed and swallowed it, I realized the texture was frighteningly similar to shrimp, to which I am allergic. I told my bf, who tried a second dumpling on the plate and found that it was, in fact, the lemon shrimp. We had been served a mixed plate of dumplings, and his first one was pork. We alerted the staff right away and I luckily only experienced minor swelling that was calmed down by my benadryl. The staff continued to check on me and the server and general manager both came over to apologize and see how I was doing. In the end, they comped us a course and dessert, which was a delicious vanilla bean parfait with orange granita.
It's unfortunate that our evening was sidetracked by my allergies, as we had loved everything we had eaten so far into the night, and the replacement pork dumplings that they brought were in fact delicious. I am glad that my allergy to shrimp isn't too severe, as I had the expectation that they would be very careful about cross contamination based upon their nut-free and shellfish-free menus. We will probably return, as the food we ordered was great, but I will have to have other people at the table taste-test each dish for me first. Food allergies can be such a pain.
Myers + Chang
1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118