After seeing the raving reviews of the Beijing Star in Waltham ( a restaurant I had never heard of despite going to Waltham regularly) I decided it was worth a lunch trip.
Let me start by saying the exterior of this restaurant is one of the most unattractive ones I've seen. I have literally passed by it dozens of times with out seeing it . That said once you walk in you are greeted by a small vestibule with the specials on a white board in both Chinese and English. And yes many of them have pictures. So I looked them over and stepped right up the hostess and asked for the pink menu. I got the knowing smile that says "Ah and American of discerning taste." After being seated I checked out the whole menu and it is a full size menu of things that are not normally found on the standard menu. After a great deal of back and forth with myself I decided that I wanted to try the soup noodles. Now it should be noted that this is not a typo or a lack of English writing skills on the menu it is not noodle soup but a bowl of noodle with some soup broth on them. I had the seafood soup noodles home style. You have two options when ordering the soup noodles which attracted my attention to them regular and home-style. After speaking with the waitress and finding out her favorite I ordered previously mentioned noodles. And a side of sweet bean buns, now the sweet been buns were just plain foolishness on my part. I'm and experienced eater and know my capacities so when I saw bowl of noodles and soup I though I should fill out my meal a bit with some sweet buns. This bowl of noodles took one look at me and laughed in my face. I barely dented this thing. The seafood was good and not overcooked. The noodles (the home style) were a rough cut Chinese noodle that could fill a football team. I will warn you that you can hurt yourself with this dish. The noodles are very addictive in their subtle texture and consistency. You may find yourself continuing to eat them after you should have put your utensils down and said Boy, Im full, couldnt eat another bite.
The prices are good and the wait staff was very friendly. I will defiantly be going back and sampling more items off the pink menu.
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