Thanks to reccs from the board, I've enjoyed two new places in the past 2 weeks. Last Saturday, we tried Gold Star in Framingham. Everyone was impressed by the deliciousness! Two of the specials were standouts - Tandoori fish and Mushroom do Piaza. My friend praised the lamb on the appetizer platter as some of the best she'd ever eaten in an Indian restaurant. Afterwards we checked out the signs on the empty lunch buffet cart--lots of different stuff. We will definitely go back.
More recently, we tried Light & Life cuisine in Newton. We had an appetizer selection, the szechuan taro pancake and a "seafood saute." The pancake was really different than what I'd expected, but was very tasty. The seafood saute was good, but not amazing. I still think Grasshopper has the edge, and have put it on my "near future" list - maybe in the summer, when there are fewer students in Allston.
If there are any menu items that are definite "must haves" at Light & Life, let me know!