Grand Chinatown Ain’t Pro

23 01 2012

Tonight was the last night the last meal at Grand Chinatown in North Quincy for me. My party was pretty pissed within the first few minutes upon arrival.

I was the first to arrive at Grand Chinatown and the hostess told me they are cleaning up the table for our reservation. My relatives trickled in shortly after. Before we knew it, I saw two people sitting at the table that decided to move themselves from another table they were sitting at while they waited for their party to complete. We confronted the hostess and she got the server to talk to that couple but they didn’t budge. The hostess went over there to explain it to them that we had a reservation and more people, still they didn’t budge. Of course, we got pissed and said that is not right. They told us that we can sit at the table that the couple orignally sat (which was smaller). We gave in and sat there cramped and there was not enough space for people to walk between tables by because of the additional chairs. The usual cart style clean up was a no no because there wasn’t enough space for it to roll.

This birthday/end of year meal just started off the wrong way. Aside from that, the food came out wicked slow. It took almost half hour for the first dish to come out. Each dish trickled out like a turtle was bringing it out. The dishes were mostly below decent. We had to send the sauteed fish back for a remake because it was too salty to eat. The chicken was not a live chicken so it wasn’t as tasty. My mom ripped apart the chicken head and said this head ain’t from this chicken so they can’t reuse to the chicken head. To the point, the set dinner tonight was totally unappetizing. About 1.5 hours for a Chinese communal dinner!?

This is the last time we’ll be holding a family dinner at Grand Chinatown. Next week, we’ll be going into Chinatown for Chinese New Year dinner.


Little Duck in Quincy

19 12 2010

So I asked, “Is there any good Thai Restaurants in Quincy?”

“Little Duck”

Off to Little Duck we went. I actually stepped foot in here before to take a quick peep and to snag a take out menu. It didn’t catch my attention enough to try it out because the setup is like a pop’s pizza joint. I thought it was a self service establishment.

The handful of table is actually full service at Little Duck Thai Restaurant. Well, at least they try to be. They need more help that is for sure. The service is wicked slow and they run around like headless chicken. Take out might be a wiser choice when coming to Little Duck.

Little Duck - Massaman Duck Curry

Massaman Duck Curry

The taste of the dishes I tried here were pretty good. The flavors are well balanced. Very well made fried rice – I can taste the ‘fire.’

The Massaman Curry was very tasty. I devoured alot of rice with the curry sauce. I did wish there was more of a kick to this curry dish. I must learn how to make this southern Thai curry!!

Next time, I will try their Pad Thai. I like my Pad Thai a certain way so I’m crossing my fingers that they make it my way!

If you haven’t figured, I only do two entrées in Thai restaurants – Pad Thai and Massaman Curry. I don’t really care for other Thai dishes. You can say I’m boring but I already tried Thai food in Thailand and I’ll just stick with my favorites.

All You Can Eat Primerib at Marriott

31 10 2010

If you’re feeling hungry to the point of starvation on a Friday or Saturday evening, swing over to Marriott Quincy. They serve All You Can Eat Primerib in the restaurant and lounge area adjacent to the lobby.

It’s not bad prime rib either. It’s better than alot of other places that are not fine dining. There’s flavor and it’s not chewy like a rubberband. I managed to eat 1 and 1/8 of a prime rib. Yes, I barely made a dent on the second one. boo hoo! I can only shove so much cow in my stomach!

The dinner does come with two sides; but they are not bottomless. It’s just the beef that is all you can eat.

I did ask for a box to take the rest of my beef home. The waitress said we’re not suppose to take leftovers but she let us. Seriously, you gonna let us waste food? I hope they FedEx the leftovers to the starving children in third world countries.

FireFly’s Bodacious BBQ

31 10 2010

FireFly's - Combo

FireFly's - Combo

Once a upon a time I was a fan of Firefly’s. That time was about 2 years ago when I was still living in the Metrowest. I was a frequent at the Framingham and Marlboro location.

Last night I managed to go trek to the one in Quincy since it’s been over a year since I had BBQ food. It was seriously a great disappointment.

It was the first time ever I’ve seen a Firefly so dead on a weekend evening. Just looking at this, I wonder how are they going to survive? Then again, nothing ever last in the Quincy Location. Jinxed!

The food isn’t the greatest. I had a plate of Babyback, Pulled Pork and Beef Brisket. It’s OK; but I’ve had better. I prefer my ribs to be falling off the bone which it was not at this instance.

The BBQ beans… shall I say, was BLAND! It was not appetizing at all and I love beans! The chips were also bland – no flavoring at all. Guess what then? I dipped the chips in BBQ sauce.

I will have to venture out to re-try other BBQ joints such as Smokey Bones and Blue Ribbon.

Asian Sakura

21 10 2010

This evening I was planning to come home to cook since I’m on a roll with cooking. Before I was even able to put down my bag after coming home, my phone rang. Yup, an invite to go out for dinner. Let’s go try this new Asian Fusion restaurant.

Asian Fusion my ass. Restaurant my ass. I would classify Asian Sakura on Washington St in Quincy a dinky hole in the wall. 2 four tops and a sushi bar and wall counters. At least, it looked clean. But why would it? It’s only a week and a half old!

I tried their beef teriyaki which came out luke warm from the fry-o-later. My friend complained that the shrimp tempura appetizer was dinky – only 2 shrimps. How were we going to split that between three people? Sorry, one losa!

Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

Throughout dinner I was trying to get over how weird the avocado salad was. Sliced avocado over a bed of iceberg lettuce mixed with mayo served with a side of ginger dressing. I’m telling mixing mayo and ginger dressing is a very complex taste. It does not go well together! I tried to over soak the salad with dressing so I can’t taste the mayo; but it didn’t fly over too well.

We also had a duck and ginger fried rice. Totally aweful combination of ingredients. the ginger was just julienned and not very thin. The sliced roast duck was sliced too thin. The pineapple did not go well with the dark fried rice. The rice itself was too moist. The bell peppers was big slices instead of diced. Seriously, have these people cooked fried rice before? Dice everything, not slice!

Out of Control Roll

I spotted this roll on the menu that had a funky name – Out Of Control Roll. How fitting! I didn’t like the rice. Icky. On top of that, I can taste the burnt taste in the eel. Funny how they garnish with sliced oranges instead of the norm of lemon.

One of my friend asked me, after we stepped out the door, if I would go back. I just stuck out my tongue. ewwwww!!

Basta Pasta

3 10 2010

I finally ventured out to Basta Pasta tonight in North Quincy. It certainly was not packed for a Saturday evening. The decor does not portray the typical Italian flair.

For appetizer, we had calamari in tomato sauce. I totally enjoyed the sauce – it didn’t really taste like tomatoes! I was expecting the fried affair but it was not. Maade me feel a tad healthier eating it.

It took me a while to decide on what to try for dinner. I resorted to their special – Osso Bucco. I’m a big fan of braised meat. How can I say no to braised veal shank?? I even sucked out the bone marrow even though my friend found that bizarre.  This dish was served with riscotto and spinach. It certainly was a delectable dish. The flavor is light and not overpowering which is what i prefer. I hope they would put this on the regular menu so I can come here when I have an Osso Bucco craving!

Blue 22

14 09 2010

Maybe cuz I’m not part of the IN crowd? Or it’s just Blue style? Do I care of why they get good biz in Quincy Center?

This place is not my cup of tea for sure. The service is not worth the 15%. The drinks are tiny and expensive. Interestingly enough, the rocks glass comes in 2 sizes!

Another disappointment was that the wings was mostly drumettes. Only 2 out of the dozen was not! Boo hoo! My fav is the wing part.. dang it, why can’t it be reversed and I would be in heaven!