Denise Taylor did the Globe Calendar article. Continuing on with her list we come to -
India Castle - This is what Denise says - "Rarely have I met an Indian buffet that I didn't like" - Her credibility drops to the point that all molecular motion ceases. Our Boston Indian Chowhound food fans can not find an Indian buffet in Boston that they really do like -- possibly with the exception of the Himalaya -which the Boston Inspectional Services closed last December for a while due to health violations. These buffets are almost always really sad travesties inflicted on the unknowing.
So -what about the Castle? Denise rates it as 8 in food quality -which is low for her system which goes down to 7.5 at its lowest. McDonalds might rate a 7.0. "It would take an entire article to cover all the worthy Indian buffets in town" - that appears to be the next project :-0
She liked the Nan -which could be good. The Castle attacks with the usual Tandoori Chicken and a couple of curries - chicken - and the Aloo Gobi. This one sounds very ordinary. Let us know if you try it. The Castle is at 928 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge.
Old Country Buffet -we covered this in our Chronicle report on Cheap Eats. My advice here is "Don't eat anything larger than your head." They have Friday Nights seafood specials. Denise liked the fried chicken, the carved roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, ham, carrot-pineapple salad, peach cobbler. She did not like the soups and the quiche.
The hours are from 11 AM to 3:30 for lunch. Dinner is 3:30 to 8 PM. There are several copies of this buffet -one in Medford, one in Watertown, Brockton, Walpole, and Hyannis.
Bring a designated driver and have the location for the nearest ER handy.
Poppa and Goose - 69 First St near Lechmere. "Pan-Asian" food. They marinate everything overnight. Denise liked the French-Vietnamese Beef Stew - Thai peanut chicken, roast potatoes with cilantro, and the mango salad. P&G has a dessert table, too. This looks like a good deal. The name alone is a draw.
Rangzen - Been here done that. This is Tibetan food. Tibet seems to have featured the "Wish Sandwich" as its ritual food - you take a dough roll and wish you had some meat. They steam everything -- The dumplings would sink the Titanic. It's all heavy to keep the wind from blowing you away in Tibet. A stomach full of rolls and dumplings tests your resolve against gravity. The Chinese influence adds interest to a very plain cuisine - but how authentic it is escapes me. Denise loved the photo of Dalai Lama. He's in India presently where the food is interesting. The Rangzen is near Central Square in Cambridge at 24 Pearl St. Denise says that it's a secret -which means nobody in their non-spiritual mind eats there. They are feeding the hungry ghosts.
The Bristol Lounge - Viennese Dessert Table. 200 Bolyston St. at the Four Seasons Hotel. This is a trendy, upscale place featuring Key Lime tarts and crËme brulle. Send your self to the grave in style with the chocolate terrine and pecan pie with the rum pound cake and tiramisu. This is the place I'd like to take the WWF wrestlers like "Mankind" to after the matches at the Fleet Center. Friday and Saturday night only 9 to 12 - get there early and do not plan on being anywhere the next day.
That covers the Globe's choices - try one or more of these and let us know what happens to you - if you live.
Have a good weekend. We are scheduled for a lunch at Kevin's in Quincy Center tomorrow - Savers has an everything for half-price sale.