Moo Modern steakhouse in Boston, MA

Moo Modern Steakhouse
15 Beacon St.
Boston, MA

bread rolls

My family came here for dinner for the 3 courses for $35. When we arrived, the valet drivers were quick to jump out and assist us from the car. I found out that the valet drivers are paid by the restaurant and insisted that we don’t tip either. When these bread rolls came out, they smelled like salty bread! These just melted in your mouth.

house salad

This place was super hyped up and won Best of Boston overall excellence category of restaurants.  Service was pretty slow for a group this large. It was shocking really. Maybe it was cause we all ordered from the 3 course menu except for my sister.

lobster bisque

This was probably the star of the night, the lobster bisque sang! It was amazing. The flavors were just popping! And it was perfect hot soup for this freezing weather.

sirloin steak

Four of us got the sirloin steak as our main entree. This was super tough to chew. It’s like the meat was actively resisting getting ingested. Our meat also had a ton of fat on it. I was surprised to see how much meat was left on my table when I had cut off all the fat. I wouldn’t say this is the worse steak of my life, but I don’t think I’ll be returning.

bone marrow butter served in a bone!

I did like how that garlic butter came out in a carved out bone. It freaked out everyone else at the table but I loved it. It gave our meal a paleolithic spin to it, like eating with cavemen.

salmon

my mom wasn’t in the mood for steak and so she ordered the salmon which she reported was good.

filet mignon

My sister had the filet mignon (she broke the cardinal rule of eating with the Foodographer by taking a bite out of her food before I took a picture of her dish), but I stole a bite of it and hers was really good. Very soft texture.

creamed spinach

I had the creamed spinach as my side dish. This was very creamy. I thought the cast iron little pot was a cute decorative gesture.

B & B mushrooms

brownie sundae

This was a creative smore deconstructed. The roasted marshmallow on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of warm brownie. This was soooooooo delicious and the different elements going on, chewy of marshmallow vs. crisp of brownie, warmth of marshmallow and brownie vs. frost of the ice cream.

white chocolate cheesecake

the white chocolate and cheesecake combination sounded good on paper but when it came to fruition, not a winner. I don’t know how to describe it, the taste just would not settle on my tongue. I ended up trading Joe for his brownie sundae.

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The Gourmet Dumpling House in Boston, MA

The Gourmet Dumpling House
52 Beach St
Boston, MA

the front

We could not find parking in chinatown (surprise, surprise) and so I parked in the main parking lot in Chinatown. As I waited in line to pay and hand in my keys, I’m pretty sure I saw a drug deal go down between the parking attendant and a hooded figure in front of me. I told Joe what happened and he flipped out and insisted on opening the trunk so that he could take his work bag inside the restaurant with us…..

ambiance

Luckily we got there early (11:30) and the place wasn’t that crowded.  We barely had time to look over the menu before the waiter came by to take our order. we already knew two of our items, so we randomly picked the second two items. I figured with almost 500 reviews on yelp with an average of 4 out of 5 stars, anything we order would be good. right?

beef chow fun

The beef chow fun came out first. This is by far my favorite dish of all dishes that came out of china (Joe says this is not true, that this is actually an americanized version but why ruin my skewed vision). This was soooooooooo good. Not too much soy sauce so that the other flavors could come out.

stinky tofu

the stinky tofu came out at the same time as the beef chow fun, and wow did it stink. It was such a rancid smell, and soooo overwhelming. Think of a rotten egg and multiply that by infinity and you’ll get to about a fraction of what I was dealing with here.  Every time I ducked my head to eat my food, the smell made my head snap back up. I ate one but the smell was too much for me even from inside my mouth. I told Joe he was on his own for finishing this off since this was one of his last minute orders. It almost ruined my authentic beef chow fun! (joe has told me to stop calling it that)

special soy sauce for soup dumplings

soup dumplings

The soup dumplings came out next (that was fast! it said it needs at least 15 minutes but I guess since we were the only ones that ordered it –that’s right! I scope out other tables’ dishes when I’m eating out at restaurants). Joe said I don’t know how to eat a soup dumpling. My first dumpling broke as I picked it up with a chopstick and all the soup and other filling came out. Joe told me to use a spoon, so my next one I picked it up with the spoon and then took a bite, then I dipped it into the soy sauce and again all my filling fell out………Grrrrrrrr. But still good. I gotta be honest tho, looking at the filling come out, I was shocked at the appearance. NO BUENO. the first thought I had when it filled out, after “oh crap! it came out!” was that is supposed to go into my GI tract? the oil and soup and filling floating around in a gelatinous goop? For the next few ones, I try to to recall what I saw and just focus on the yummy taste. I guess that’s why some people eat these things whole in one bite.

salt and pepper chicken

Surprisingly, the fried chicken was the last thing to come out. We were so stuffed though that we each ate one for taste and then got the rest to go. The fried chicken was delicious! The salt and pepper dry rub was soooooooo perfect for this dish. I can see why this place has such rave reviews, with delicious food at an affordable price. Just getting to Chinatown is an adventure in and of itself, might as well enjoy yummy food while you’re at it.

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The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory
75 Middlesex Turnpike
Burlington, MA 01803
http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/#lobby

Now I know this is a huge chain across the US, but my family comes here a few times a month (and almost everyone’s birthday is celebrated here, too) so I thought, how could I post an entry on this. Besides the very generous portions (enough to feed 2) and decent prices (especially if you come in at lunch time when everything is almost halved), the customer service here is great. They really look out for their patrons. Now usually after ingesting American food, I get that heavy-lead- grease feeling in my stomach. Not so with the Cheesecake Factory!

For example, today, the cheeseburger I ordered was medium-well because my server told me that  it wouldn’t be pink, and I figured, this isn’t Capital Grille, I’m not about to risk undercooked meat. So imagine my surprise when my burger came out and it was reddish-bright pink! I asked the waiter to take it back and cook it longer. While we were waiting, the manager came out and told me that my burger was free ($12) and my brother could get a free slice of cheesecake ($10-$11 value) to enjoy while waiting for me to eat my meal!
This was my alleged “medium-well” burger. It still tasted good after they finished cooking it. Not sure if it’s worth the $12. Probably should have gone with lunch menu (where the average price for entrees is $10).


This is the chicken madeira; their most popular chicken dish. DELISHHHHH

My dad gets this every time; Lettuce Thai Chicken Wrap. Very tasty and pretty to look at. Beware, not for messy eaters!

The tuna tataki salad. My family thought this was going to be one of those huge salads that feeds families of 4, we were so wrong. It still tasted good, but we probably each got about 2 bites.

Fried calamari. It was surprisingly fresh tasting for a chain.

In my opinion, all their pasta dishes taste similar to one another (they probably all use the same cream sauce as base). This one was OK, a little bit salty (the bacon).

My regular dishes at this place is : Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp (Thai curry dish), the Hibachi steak (w wasabi mashed potatoes!), and the miso salmon (I found the recipe online, super simple so I try to eat it at home instead of at the restaurant). You’re probably wondering why we order so many Asian-themed dishes at an American restaurant, cuz it tastes good!

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