Pho Basil offers cutting-edge flavors that tease the taste buds

Pho Basil’s fried calamari was tender and not rubbery. (Photo courtesy of Vekonda Luangaphay)

As I walked into Pho Basil on a recent Tuesday night hoping to satisfy a craving for something creamy with soft spices at a restaurant that specializes in Vietnamese and Thai cuisine, buzzed chatter filled the whole dining room, and all but one table was taken. Stepping inside, the décor of this small restaurant was inviting. The dim lighting at each table encouraged conversations while also making it easier for diners to tune out noise. Considering the busy night, it wasn’t long until my fried calamari ($7.25) came. Lightly battered fried calamari was garnished with scallions and pickled jalapeños, and … Continue reading

A food aficionado: Crave: Mad for Chicken

Calamari with spicy mayo, chipotle mayo and ketchup. IMAGE COURTESY OF ANNA ING

This summer, Boston’s Chinatown welcomed its first Korean-style fried chicken restaurant, Crave: Mad for Chicken. Housed in former conveyor-belt sushi joint Enso, the Boston Crave is similar to the franchise Bon Chon, which first introduced the twice-fried technique for extra crispy chicken with hand-brushed sauce. Crave, however, distinguishes itself through the use of all natural, farm-raised and hormone-free chicken at its establishment. Upon entering, the décor is slick and chic. There is a bar area to the right of the front of the restaurant. The dining area is divided up into sections for smaller and larger parties. Crave was working … Continue reading