Conundrum, Harvard Sq., Cambridge
This place opened in the old Iruna space about a week and a half ago. Googled on the web and found that the chef used to cook at Blackfin.
Plump prawns cooked just right, wrapped with a judicious amount of bacon, and given a smoky spicy kick by the chipotle butter sauce. Excellent.
Nicely seared hunk of yellowfin tuna is perked up with crispy strips of (wonton?) skins, orange tobiko and a gingery sauce with a tangy hint that's keffir lime, according to menu. Potato spring rolls are quite crispy, soft and sweet on the inside. (I'll let folks decide for themselves if it's a worthwhile exercise to compare the quality of the spring rolls with those one gets at dim sum.) Thin asparagus, not as plump or flavourful as the best offerings of the season.
Perfect balance of salt in the chocolate ice cream, a mellow bridge to carmel sauce and bananas wrapped in ok crepes. Good gooey marshmellow.
Not the best dishes I'll ever eat, but these dishes reflected good solid cooking with excellent flashes.
Apps range from around $8-9ish (I think) to $14. Main courses from around $22-$33. Desserts ~$8. Wines by the glass are mostly high single digits.
China Pearl Best Cafe, Chinatown, Boston
The quality of their char siew (glazed roast pork) was on the wane for a while, but I had a superlative version yesterday. Great flavour, just the right balance of fat and lean meat, superbly tender.
Kolbeh of Kebab, Inman Sq., Cambridge
A decent fesenjoon, rich, earthy. The sauce is voluptuous but my personal preference is for the tangy pomegranate component to be more vivid and sweet. Chicken was a bit stringy. Not bad, just not as good as some that I've had in the past elsewhere.