Elephant Walk, Boston (Beacon St) www.elephantwalk.com
went here with my folks for my graduation dinner. i had been contemplating other bank-breaking restaurants that i hadn't had a chance to make it to, but settled on this one as i thought it'd be a little more culturally interesting than, say, Grill 23, and not as bank-breaking on my folks as Excelsior. bottom line of the dinner ... it was good, but nothing exciting and, therefore, not really worth the bucks. i can't really place what it was that was lacking, but all i can say is that it didn't hit those peaks that i would've liked.
- Rouleaux, which are spring rolls that were far too chewy for my liking. dipping sauce was good though, but not enough to save it.
- Saiko Ang - beef satay essentially. good, but the kind of thing i would've expected at some cheesy, catered work event.
- rack of lamb was a little dry, lacking the tenderness
- filet mignon was excellent, as was the reduction and the fingerling taters
- alaskan black cod, a little overdone for me, good sauce, decent rice
- chicken w/ lemongrass and other things tasted like something i could get at Rod Dee, like something i've probably had at Rod Dee
- chocolate cake, which didn't really satsify my chocolate craving
- pecan pie-type thing, didn't try it
Sunset Bar & Grill, Allston
had a great crabcake poboy here and washed it down with some nice milk stouts. 2 crabcakes that, when broken down, really filled up the decent french bread (toasted). also, for filling, was some diced tomatoes & onions, and pickled okra. served with nice remoulade.
Madina Market, Allston
was happy to bring the folks here since they'd be able to offer an authentic opinion on this pakistani place. the haleem was awesome this time, and confirming my suspicions, these guys can def'y rock the tandoor. chappli kebabs, seekh kebabs, chicken tikka and naan were fantastic. we also had a taste of the daals (one was a mix of 4 kinds of lentils, and the other was a saag), a chicken tikka masala, and another chicken curry were all very good (all came from the buffet). mama dukes def'y gave it her rarely seen approval. you really gotta try this place. no really.