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Hit and Miss at Rice Garden, Brookline

Bottomless | Jan 29, 2004 11:01 AM

Long-time lurker, first-time poster.

I had my first meal from Rice Garden; I did take out. Overall it was a mixed bag; two dishes were great and I'd get them again, the other two were surprisingly disappointing. The staff was very friendly and the take out was very well packed. Even though it was so cold last night the food was still quite warm when we finally got home 15 minutes later.

Premature bottom line: I'll go back and try other dishes, please give some suggestions.

First, the good news:
Fried Vegetable Ravioli- very nice bite size treats. They were the perfect blend of hot and oily with a well balanced filling. The soy-sauce based dipping sauce was very complex with (I believe) garlic, green onion, and cilantro, among other things. I don't know if they make them in house, but they were very good.

Chinese Style Dry Cooked Green Beans- these were on the 'Specials' board. It consisted of nice green beans and crumbled bits of a delicious Chinese sausage. The textures and flavors were very pleasing. It was not at all 'saucy' or heavy, but had a very peppery and smoky flavor. This was a winner.

Bad news:
Beef Chow Foon- from the regular menu. This was not very tasty. It wasn't bad, but I have had much more interesting Chow Foon in my life, Peach Farm in Chinatown, for example.

Short Ribs in Black Bean Sauce- I think this was from the Specials board, can't remember. I just recently came to find that I love black bean sauce. I had a great seafood and black bean sauce stir fry thinga-majigy at Jae's a few months ago and have since been getting similar dishes whenever possible. This dish at Rice Garden did nothing to satisfy my craving. First, the dish was difficult to eat; the ribs were chopped into such small pieces that I spent more time separating the bones than eating. Second, the black bean sauce did not have enough going on to engage my taste buds.

Bottomless

PS- Are there any restaurants that resemble Cambridge's Qingdao in the Brookline, Allston, Brighton, JP area?

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