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Dinner at All Seasons Table, Malden

hiddenboston | Mar 6, 2008 04:57 AM

After taking a short break from all the food I ate while back in New York (the break lasted about 2 minutes), I got over to All Seasons Table in Malden Center last night. The restaurant is very attractive, with a clean, modern, upscale look. The Pan-Asian menu is varied and broken down into several distinct categories, including sushi, pan-fried dishes, and teppanyaki.

We started with a couple of soups. The Thai-style hot and sour soup had an exotic aroma and a taste to match, while the spinach and tofu soup was very mild, though the flavor was boosted by the miso-style broth. This was followed by a chicken lettuce wrap appetizer, which our waiter prepared for us at the table. The plum sauce that was spread on the lettuce had lots of flavor, as did the ground chicken; I thought it was better than the chicken lettuce wraps at PF Chang's, and I really like the ones there. We than moved on to the entrees. I had the ma-po tofu (a vegetarian Szechuan dish) that had waaaaay too much tofu (I could feel my estrogen levels rising with each bite, which is really disturbing if you're a guy), and the black bean sauce was a bit on the gloppy side. Still, the dish was a pretty tasty one, though something I probably won't get again. My GF's pan-fried chicken with spicy basil and chili sauce was much better, with thin strips of white-meat chicken mixed with just enough basil to give the dish a sweet, rich flavor.

Prices were just a bit high, but still reasonable, and the service was flawless, with our waiter coming over several times to make sure we liked the food.

Even though I wasn't crazy about my dish, everything else was excellent and the service and the atmosphere were both top notch. I know that I probably picked the wrong dish on the menu, but with so many others from which to choose, I know I'll be heading back there soon.

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