Taqueria El Charro, JP
Hearty and pretty good Mexican fare. The mole sauce is rather nutty, with strong sesame overtones, but also lighter, just a hint of bitterness. Personally, I prefer a heavier, darker rendition. It's still a commendable sauce, the way it piques up a cheese striped enchillada or rounds off bite size pieces of chicken.
The acidic lime juice delivered sparingly from a glass bottle with a squirt cap is very enjoyable, and lends a nice limey fragrance to the chicken taco, where cilantro weaves in and out. Refried beans are fine, but extra lard wouldn't hurt. A large smoky green pepper load with cheese and topped with some chopped tomatoes is a good deal.
Satisfying mexican food.
Rangzen, Central Sqaure, Cambrige
Heavy rustic food. The light pappadams are quite addictive, especially with the dips, one laced with hearty ginger, the other, the soothing greens of cilantro.
Minced beef, ginger, ciltantro and onions, all finely chopped, fill the centre of the somewhat greasy sha phaley, a fried thin Tibetian flatbread/crepe that reminds me of Beijing meat "pancakes" (rou bing).
The average vegetarian momos, large steamed dumpling, a were bland on their own, but well suited to the complexity of a soy/cilantro(?) sauce. It comes with a side of soup (the egg soup didn't do very much for me.)
The Tibetian tea is quite nice as the liquid in the mouth morphs from an elemental saltiness to a thin butter-milkiness. The brew itself could be stronger and more full bodied, but nothing major.
Average to above average on whole.
Korean place at the Porter Exchange food court, Porter Sq. Cambridge
Good, sweet, flavour on the marinated spare ribs (kal bi), even if it was slightly tough in spots. Decent overall.