Central Kitchen, Cambridge, at 7 pm on a Friday night - luckily got one of the last open tables. It was near the door but the fresh air was actually kind of nice and it warmed up instantly after it closed. But onto the food. Everything was wonderful. Shared 2 apps and one entree - tried that frizee salad with roasted duck and pistachio dressing. We both loved the textures and flavors, all very different but blending together perfectly. The poached egg on top was a bit weird, but I generally don't like eggy things. But the yolk mixed into the dressing making it even creamier. Also had the octopus app - very, very tender tentacles with preserved lemon and roasted olives, on a potatoey cake. I could eat this for an entree, if there was more of it. Shared the paella entree, which included saffron chicken, rabbit sausage, and quite a few mussels and clams. The rice was a *bit* too soft/sticky for me but overall it was delicious. Had a 40$ Barolo which was fantastic. We ate here earlier in the year and also had a great meal.
La Luna, near MIT for sandwiches. These were by far some of the WORST sandwiches I've ever had. "Roasted" vegetables were probably steamed, no flavor, bad color. "Proscuitto" and mozz. with basil had gross-colored meat, a small amount of cheese, no basil. And the "foccacia" was dull and gross textured. (notice things are in quotes because it wasn't at all like it should be - sorta like food that's faking it for real-quality stuff. Hate that.) I was in a bad mood after these sandwiches, not only because I was still hungry as I could only stomach a few bites of each but I'm just so mad when you wanna try something new and it disappoints.
Anyway, Men Tai, Back Bay rejuvinated me. Japanese noodle bowl restaurant that I'd been meaning to try and it was great! Very fresh ingredients, great textures and mixtures of flavors. Had fried pork bowl with many slices of tender crispy pork , great broth, fresh noodles and sprouts. Seaweed salad excellent as well as some shrimp dumplings. I hafta go back soooooooooon.