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Japonaise, Dumpling Cafe vs GDH, Picco, Delux

ebaba | Dec 3, 2011 06:14 PM

1. I stand corrected, the best almond croissant in Boston is not at Cafe Vanille on Charles Street (though it's no. 2), but at Japonaise in Brookline. Finally made it over there on Friday and shared twist donuts and croissants, amazing.
2. Dinner at GDH last week after a long absence, having gone to Dumpling Cafe just about once a week for the last six months. The XLB are far, far souperior (groan, groan, groan but couldn't resist) at DC, with considerably thinner skins, richer stock and porkier pork, but we did order an old standby at GDH and it was outstanding, better than I remembered. For years I called it Beijing pork, then Peking pork, then it was presented as Yu Hsiang pork, although I've ordered plenty of Yu Hsiang pork and never received this: slivers of pork, shreds of scallions and small wraps.
At lunch at Dumpling Cafe today the noodles with pork and vegetables were particularly delicious, and much more flavorful than in the past.
3. Picco now has a cubano on the menu: get it. Also the carnitas tacos, and the caesar salad is as delicious as ever. They have some new pizzas that sound interesting.
4. Last night had dinner at Delux, and they have what is by far the best iteration of mac and cheese I've had in a restaurant -- by which I mean it was actually really cheesy, instead of vaguely cheesy (like the much-lauded mac and cheese at Coda).

505 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

Delux Cafe
100 Chandler St, Boston, MA 02116

Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

Japonaise Bakery
1020 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

Dumpling Cafe
695 Washington St, Boston, MA 02135

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