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Bahia Grill and Taiwan Cafe: Two great meals

Dave M.P. | Dec 18, 2005 06:45 PM

I was in Boston on Saturday and had two great meals while I was visiting. Unfortunately I didn't get to Boston in time for dim sum (sorry Bob), but I did make it in time to have lunch with two friends at Bahia Grill in East Somerville. I think I have posted about Bahia Grill before, but my meal yesterday was better than the last time I went. Bahia Grill is a pay-by-weight Brazilian buffet, and I was pleased to see that at 1 PM on Saturday it was practically full of people. Saturday is feijoada day, and it was very good, perfect for a cold day. I only chose one small piece of meat from the feijoada, so I can't comment too much on that, but the beans had a great flavor. I ate this along with some rice, farofa, kale (salty but tasty), squash (really excellent), some salad, two pieces of chicken wrapped in bacon and one chorizo. Total price for my plate was just under 7 dollars, so with my guava juice my total bill was a bit more than 8. All of the food in the buffet seemed to be very fresh and service was very friendly. My only complaint is that they were out of chicken hearts :(

Luckily I didn't eat *too* much for lunch so I was still hungry for dinner at Taiwan Cafe. I went with 3 friends and we shared 3 dishes and two appetizers. Crispy tofu and scallion pancakes were excellent as usual, although I wish the crispy tofu was more crispy and less sticky. I still love it though. The scallion pancakes were freshly made, and one friend commented that she thought they were made with rice flour. Is this true?

For main dishes we had the pork with bamboo shoots (shredded pork and thinly sliced bamboo shoots in a delcious dark brown sauce that contained plenty of diced chili peppers), the mustard greens with edamame and fresh bean curd (great complement to the pork dish) and shrimp fried rice (aside from my mom's, the best fried rice I've ever eaten is at TC. I prefer the fried rice with chinese sausage but shrimp was good too).

Overall a great day of food in Boston. I highly recommend a visit to Bahia Grill for Saturday lunch, I think it might be one of the best times of the week to visit. Bahia Grill is located at 3 Washington St. in East Somerville, about halfway between McGrath and Route 93. Taiwan Cafe is in Chinatown on Oxford St.

Dave M.P.

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