Blue Ginger, the upscale, showy place owned by celeb chef Ming Tsai, celebrated its 10th anniversary last spring by expanding into a retail space next door. The newish space is a more casual lounge, an alternative to the white-tablecloth dining room, and prices are accordingly lower. The big draw on the lounge menu is “Ming’s Bings,” a version of the Asian street food xian bing, which is much like a flat pot sticker filled with gingery pork. bakerboyz calls Ming’s Bings “sort of the Asian fusion version of sliders,” with one filled with a blue cheese burger, one with shredded duck, and one with pork and chives; “all delicious,” says bakerboyz. “Without alcohol, two people could easily have a very satisfying and creative meal for around $40-$50.”

emilief points out that many of the most popular dining room dishes are available in smaller sizes in the lounge: the spring rolls with chile sauce, the miso butterfish. On the downside, prices are high for portion sizes, and the lounge does not accept reservations. “Best to go early or you will have a long wait,” says emilief.

Blue Ginger [MetroWest]
583 Washington Street, Wellesley

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