Restaurant review: Double Chin

Double Chin playfully mixes flavors of the East and West by revamping Hong Kong cafe staples. The restaurant gets its name from owners and sisters Gloria and Emily Chin.

為食家的抹茶紅豆為食多士。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)The Matcha Ma Call It cube toast at Double Chin. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The Matcha Ma Call It cube toast at Double Chin. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The honey toast captures this perfectly, combining French toast with Asian toppings. While it originates from Japan, the dessert is right at home on Double Chin’s Hong Kong-influenced menu. The cleverly punned Matcha Ma Call It ($13) is half a loaf of bread, hollowed out to hold cubes of buttered toast, sweet red beans, mochi, matcha milk, sliced strawberries, bananas, mangoes, frosted flakes, three generous scoops of green tea ice cream and chocolate Pocky sticks. My friend and I enjoyed the frosty ice cream on hot toast, with the tart fruit and crunchy cornflakes balancing the sweetness. Double Chin’s honey or cube toast has dominated social media feeds as a treat for the eyes, but the pretty dessert is delicious as well. Be sure to split this with friends, as there’s plenty to go around.

“Mac” N Cheese featuring wide rice noodles and bacon, topped with cheese and scallions. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 芝士焗河粉有河粉和培根混著芝士和香蔥。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

“Mac” N Cheese featuring wide rice noodles and bacon, topped with cheese and scallions. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Double Chin’s “Mac” N Cheese ($8) is the definition of comfort food. Wide rice noodles and bacon are drenched in cheese and scallions, then baked with panko crumbs for a satisfying savory bite.

“Poutine” Your Mouth waffle fries topped with cheese, kimchi, seaweed, sesame seeds and scallions. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 泡菜芝士薯條有華夫薯條配上芝士、泡菜、海苔、芝麻和香蔥。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

“Poutine” Your Mouth waffle fries topped with cheese, kimchi, seaweed, sesame seeds and scallions. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Another savory appetizer is the “Poutine” Your Mouth ($7). Waffle fries are topped with cheese, kimchi, seaweed, sesame seeds and scallions, which sounds odd but tastes great. The kimchi’s subtle kick evens out the heavy cheese and fries, coming together for a truly addictive bite.

Spam and Taro Fries. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 餐肉芋條。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Spam and Taro Fries. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Spam and Taro Fries ($7) are served in a Spam can, with ketchup and mayonnaise on the side for dipping. The matchsticks of meat and taro are crisp and great for sharing.

Lunch entrees include the Double Chinwich ($9) and Spicy Chunky Tuna Salad ($10). The sandwich features char siu or roast pork in a scallion pancake, ideal for a fast meal.

Double Chinwich. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 叉燒蔥油餅治。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Double Chinwich. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

My friend and I enjoyed the salad’s sriracha mayo dressing, but felt the albacore tuna and cruller croutons were odd bedfellows.

Spicy Chunky Tuna Salad. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.) 辣吞拿沙拉。(圖片由黃靈美攝。)

Spicy Chunky Tuna Salad. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Other Hong Kong café staples are available, such as beef chow fun ($8) and Portuguese pork rice ($12).

Double Chin’s offerings double down on fun and deliciousness. Be sure to come with hungry friends.

 


Double Chin
86 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-0682
www.DoubleChinBos.com

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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