Market Lunch and Teaism in Washington, D.C.
Located in the former Grand Chau Chow restaurant, Bubor Cha Cha is in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown. The elaborate interior features a ceiling with swirling clouds and tropical décor, making it stand out. Bubor Cha Cha is named after a Malaysian dessert soup served either cold or hot, consisting of coconut milk, taro, yam, sweet potatoes and corn.
Toro is a Barcelona-style inspired tapas restaurant nestled in the South End that has garnered countless accolades since 2005. Owner Ken Oringer is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has consistently served great food from his other restaurants. Toro delivers as a cozy brick neighborhood spot that doesn’t take dinner reservations.
Nestled on a bustling street, just steps from Union Oyster House and Faneuil Hall, is Saus. Opened during the 2008 recession by three locals ousted from their jobs, they shared a common love for Belgian’s national treat of pommes frites, or French fries. Tables are squeezed together with cute Tin Tin décor in a brightly lit space, highlighting its menu of Belgian snack food.
The pommes frites come in three sizes with several dipping sauces to choose from. Fries are served in a paper cone. Pommes frites are cut and fried to order, served with sauces made in-house. For our meal, we sampled the white truffle ketchup. Paired with the delicious crispy fries, the truffle ketchup was a great match for the deep-fried potatoes and best eaten hot.
Earlier this year, a pal from Seoul told me of a very delicious soondubu (very soft silken tofu) place that opened up in the old Seoul Bakery space that was a “taste of home” for her. Well lo and behold, I have gone to Kaju Tofu House 58 Harvard Ave (between Cambridge St & Franklin St) Allston, MA 02134 (617) 208-8540 numerous times as this is a sorely needed and welcome addition to the Boston Korean cuisine scene.
As a food lover, twice a year I look forward to Boston’s Restaurant Week!