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A few eats

Limster | Mar 22, 2004 12:34 AM

Victor's Deli, Ball Sq., Somerville

The chicken parm sub is as wonderful as all that's been said and more. It was one of the first chow-tips I got from the eminent Eric Eto, and I'm kinda embarassed that it took me this long to get to it. Excellent components all round, from roll to tender chicken cutlets to bright fresh sauce. What made it exceptional for me was the fine crumbed breading that was more crispy than most versions.

Belgian Truffle House, also Ball Sq.
(http://store.trufflehouse.com)

While I prefer small hand shaped truffles to these large round molded one here, I do find them commendable and I think folks will like them in a See's Candy kind of way. Good satisfying snap (well tempered choc) from the shell, followed by a softer, well flavoured interior of ganache. All flavours rang sweet and true, from fruity raspberry to Irish coffee to plain dark (yucatan) with a chopped pecan crust, nutty buttery hazelnut and creme de menthe. No nonsense all goodness candy. Their website says that they use Callebaut and make them in small batches.

Soundbites, also Ball Sq.

Just went in for a blueberry muffin. Not bad, a pleasant hint of spice (cinnamon?). I prefer a stickier texture a la Rosie's, this one's more of the basic fluffy. I think I'll stick with their scones next time.

V. Majestic, Allston

An average at best rice vermicelli with grilled prawns and pork. The dish felt a little tired; coarsely cut pickles and condiments. Perfectly cooked shrimp even if they weren't at prime freshness. Best to stick to the Chinatown options.

Twin Donuts, Allston

A neat old fashioned glazed dount of the cakey variety (which I prefer). Notable for its restrained sweetness. Good satisfaction.

Taiwan Cafe (again), Chinatown, Boston

Fresh wonderfully snappy water convolvulus (chinese watercress on the menu) with a pickled/preserved tofu sauce (I think they call that their special sauce). A little too thin on the preserved tofu, but a good dish nevertheless. Thumbs down for the fried oysters; oysters tasted great, but the strangely soft batter had almost no crispiness. An ok taichung style meatball, more a large thick-skinned rice-flour dumpling filled with chopped meat and mushrooms with a red sweet sauce.

Pomodoro, North End, Boston

An ordinary seafood stew. A fairly nice broth (with bright tangy chunks of tomato iirc), overcooked shrimp, decently cooked shellfish (mussels and clams), ok chunks of salmon and some other fish. Toasted slices of bread with olive oil and parsley. Hearty and generous, but otherwise not much to write home about.

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