I'm slowly trying out some of the new chinese restaurants that have been opening in Quincy lately.
Last night, we went to a fairly new place called East Chinatown restaurant, at 415 Hancock St. in North Quincy. We had a really great meal. This was the first time I've been to a restaurant outside of Chinatown, where I felt like I was IN Chinatown.
It's very bright and clean inside, and they have the fishtanks in the front. It reminds me a lot of Jumbo in Chinatown.
We had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated around 8pm on Friday night. It's a fairly small place.
We started with beef and cilantro soup, which was wonderful, chock full of beef and fresh cilantro and egg drop. The "small" bowl was easily enough to serve 6 people. We also had the scallion pancakes, which were excellent, too. Very thin and crunchy, with a lot of scallion inside.
We also tried the crispy fried tofu from the "gourmet" menu, the dry beef and onion Chow Foon noodles, and a half chicken on the bone with scallions and garlic and chinese broccoli. The Tofu was big squares of silken tofu with a very light batter, served with a sesame dipping sauce. They were wonderful. The chicken was just like my favorite at Peach Farm in Chinatown, served in small diced pieces with the bone, in a flavorful white sauce.
The Chow Foon was excellent as well. Not greasy, but full of flavor and beef too.
Portions are generous and prices are cheap. Our entire meal came to $35, and we brought home a big doggie bag of leftovers for lunch today.
If you live in the area and want a "chinatown-like" experience, without going into Boston (with free parking, too), try this place.