I wouldnt have chosen a late August lunch for my first visit to Café Polonia, but we had made the trek to Newmarket and no sign of Speed. Polonia was a great save and Ill be back for more in the fall. I couldnt resist the Polish plate (cabbage stew, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage, pierogi) and thoroughly enjoyed it (though the pierogi were a bit stodgy). Wow, that stuffed cabbage was good. Plenty to share with my two friends, who liked their bites of things and were very very happy with kielbasa & sauerkraut on a roll and the crepes with cheese and fruit (strawberry and blueberry) fillings. Nice little room. No sign at the moment, look for the orange yellow tiles over the front door.
Later after snacking at Chacerero (theyd been there before and dropped huge hints), we headed out to Floating Rock for dinner. FR must be doing well, along with the new furniture theyve acquired a TV (playing music videos, at the time). Hmpf. At least the sound was low. Theyve also redone the menu, adding several items to the appetizers (fried clams w/ginger sounds good) and Cambodian entrees. We ordered the tiger tears, squid salad, and chicken coconut spicy, a stir-fry where the coconut was more an earthy than a sweet presence. That was a major hit. It was probably a mistake ordering both tiger tears and squid but one friend isnt big on squid and I had a craving, and it worked out. Only grumble was that ALL THREE dishes contained red and green sweet peppers and it got a little samey. However everything was much enjoyed by all of us.
We wanted to go to Baraka for a final lunch but it was closedno sign as to why (in fact no sign whatsoeveris this a trend?). So we jumped to Plan B and went to Royal India for the weekend Bengali brunch. Which was excellent. I liked it the first time I went but this was better. Maybe because we arrived at noon not 2, maybe just dumb luck, I dont know, but the flavors were stronger and more vivid than I remembered although the lineup doesnt seem to change. We ordered 2 desserts off the menu: 2 crepes with clotted cream and shredded sweetened coconut (just as sweet and rich as it sounds) and homemade sweetened yogurt (perfectly sweet and tangy). Recommended.
Another successful chow visit! All thanks to the site and fellow hounds for making me look like a genius.
Café Polonia: 611 Dorchester Ave., Boston (Andrew T)
Floating Rock: 144 Shirley Ave., Revere (Revere Beach T). Closed Tues. Closes early (7:30-8).
Royal India: 313 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (Central T).