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Last Weekend's Chow: Tamarind Bay, Peach Farm

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Last Weekend's Chow: Tamarind Bay, Peach Farm

mm | Aug 10, 2004 01:16 PM

Drove up to Boston from NYC last weekend, had some nice chow. A quick wrap-up:

Newport, RI:
dinner at Cafe Zelda. Nice bisto atmosphere. Terrible, terrible service. I had a nice piece of rare tuna, with a fennel sauce. Arrived lukewarm, had been sitting. DH had slow-roasted salmon, very nice but nothing unusual.

Cambridge:
dinner at Tamarind Bay. This place is fairly new and got good recommendations here on Chowhound. The ambience/space was quite nice, bustling but relaxed and slightly hip. A nice change from the many dark, cavernous Indian restaurants in New York. I read rave reviews of the food, but I was underwhelmed. Our chicken curry dish was thick with red grease and underspiced. My spinach curry was heavy and bland, and studded with frozen mixed vegetables (corn, diced carrots, string beans). Oh well, better luck next time.

Boston:
dinner at Peach Farm. More rave reviews from Chowhounds. Can someone tell me what the fuss is about? Perhaps I should have ordered the famed oysters in black bean sauce. We had lobster with ginger scallion and a side of chicken with broccoli. The lobster was good but not great. The ginger and scallion pices were huge and the dish lacked subtlety--I expected a little more melding of flavors. The chicken with broccoli was a greasy mess. Oh well, better luck next time.

The high point of the trip was a scoop of ice cream in Cambridge, next to the Harvard Bookstore. I wish I had written down the name of the place! Coffee with spicy pecans...so delicious! Just the right about of spice and hot pepper to create the nicest glow in my mouth. Yum!

Had a great time in Boston, what a great city!

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