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New Mayflower (Chinese) in Watertown

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New Mayflower (Chinese) in Watertown

esqdork | Feb 20, 2006 10:40 PM

We've been ordering delivery from Mayflower, a.k.a. New Mayflower (I didn't know there was an original Mayflower in Boston), and decided to show up at the restaurant.

The place looked a little long in the tooth and like the sort of chop-suey take-out joint I usually avoid, but don't let the look of the place fool you because the food was great and the service was the warmest I've ever had at a Chinese restaurant.

The GF and I ordered:

1. Black Bean Sauce Chicken Chow Fun, which is not on the menu but they made at our request. The sauce was delicious, the chicken tender, and the ho fun was fresh and had a good consistency (at some places they can get very soggy and rice cake-like).

2. Salt and Pepper Pork Chops was crispy on the outside with melt-in-your-mouth-tender meat. I'm sure that baking soda was used to tenderize the pork, but it did the trick.

3. Chinese Vegetable Stir-Fried with Garlic which was an off-the-menu special. This was a nice light dish to go with the chops.

The chow fun was a great example of the service: The restaurant had the beef version on the menu but was very enthusiastic when we asked for the chicken version. The owner cooks and the host/manager both stopped by to chat with us. In fairness, the GF and I speak Cantonese, but many of the folks stopping by for take-out were greeted by name. Mayflower has the usual crab rangoon, pork fried rice, egg roll, etc. on the menu. Hopefully, you'll try some of the other dishes.

My question is where the "original" Boston Mayflower is/was?

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