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Saturday Brookline/Allston Chow Summary

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Saturday Brookline/Allston Chow Summary

Limster | Feb 9, 2004 12:46 AM

Clear Flour Bakery

Good news: they sell canneles, a vanilla custard baked in a distinctive mold that's a speciality of Bordeaux. One of my all-time favourite confections. Bad news: it's not great -- the canneles are too small, and the centers are a bit overbaked, no longer custardy but stiff. The surface is nice and crispy though. Good news: a buddy of mine got some too and told me the Clear Flour guys say that it's still a work in progress. So one could expect improvements. I'll definitely be checking back.

Also had an ample apple tart, wonderful bosom of fruit, brown suger and spices, with a truly delicious crust.

Indian Dhaba

An honest blend of vegetables cooked soft and low to almost a paste, with the a mild, tumeric-yellow curry blend of spices. Ordered off the specials board, a Bombay Bhaji Pav, with imperceptably soft potatoes, and whole peas and lentils and perhaps carrots and caultiflower. Topped with aromatic chopped cilantro, tomato and slices of raw onion. Best part was the white bread that stood for the pavs - a section of split white french loaf, toasted with (what I thought was) ghee, super crispy on the outside and extremely soft and cushiony on the inside.

Yi Soon Bakery

Striperguy hipped me this place, which reminded me of the HK style bakeries back home. Got a basic red bean bun, decorated with black sesame seeds. Pretty good, puffy soft beun, though the red bean paste wasn't as smooth, not fully ground, with occasional pieces of red bean.

Reef Cafe

This place was under construction the last time I walked by with chowfish visiting from SF. They've been open for a couple of months, and the recent globe write-up is prominently displayed in the window of this store front Lebanese place. Scored a very good baklava, made with a sparing amount of syrup, leaving the filo layers brittle and crispy. Good fresh layer of pistacchio. A very good specimen, but I slightly prefer the one at Mirage on Beacon Hill, that comes with a richer taste of pistacchio nut butter.

Infusion Tea Spa

The melon flavoured tea was very refreshing, excellent tea and milk together, lightened by the airy melon syrup. Will be back to try more. Plus there's a sign indicating that they'll add (more complex) oolong teas to their repeitoire soon.

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