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Review: Golden Chopstix

Since the Chinese invented gunpowder, the toothbrush, and paper money, we might as well also credit them with Spanish tapas and Scandinavian smörgåsbord.
Some yummy dim sum
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 15, 2013

Review: Tai Chi Zero

Mashup, hodgepodge, or remix — call it what you will, this kung fu odyssey from former action star Stephen Fung offers intermittent pleasures and freaky twists.

By TOM MEEK  |  October 26, 2012

Review: The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Swords aren't the only things flying in Tsui Hark's splendidly absurd wuxia — the first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D.
The first Chinese martial-arts film in 3D
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 31, 2012
Review: Sacrifice

Review: Sacrifice

Adapted from a 13th-century stage play, this historical melodrama seems torn between trying to be a theatrical fable and a flashy action film.
Historical melodrama
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  July 27, 2012

Review: A Simple Life

The most sensitive and heartbreaking depiction of old age since Korean director Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui's aptly titled account of the slow decline of a beloved housekeeper doesn't involve violent crime like Lee's film, but do
Ann Hui's aptly titled film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 14, 2012

Review: Life Without Principle

Johnnie To's latest opens as Chinese police arrive at a crime scene, portending his usual slice of bloody action.
Johnnie To's latest film
By BRETT MICHEL  |  March 16, 2012

Short take flowers of war

Review: The Flowers of War

In 1937 the invading Imperial Japanese Army killed and raped thousands of people in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The atrocity has recently inspired two Chinese films, including Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and this unimpressive outing from Zhang
Unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 20, 2012
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Review: Red Lantern

Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 12, 2011
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Review: Floating Rock

If summer brings an urge for spicy Asian food, this is a splendid place to get some, despite a few chili-pepper compromises.
Spicy Asian that rises above the rest
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 29, 2011

Review: Thailand Café

I don't read Chinese, but I do read Chowhound, where I learned that Thailand Café — a long-running Central Square purveyor of mediocre Thai cuisine — changed hands a couple of years ago. The English-language name didn't change, but the sign now also sa
Terrific traditional Sichuan cuisine hiding behind bad Thai
By MC SLIM JB  |  June 10, 2011

Review: Darul Kabab

The latest evidence for the encouraging trend of Indian-restaurant diversity: the debut of Darul Kabab, a Cambridge spot that features halal Bangladeshi, Pakistani, and Northern Indian fare, prepared by a chef from Delhi.
Outstanding Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi fare in an unlikely setting  
By MC SLIM JB  |  January 28, 2011

Review: Wu's

When I heard that Wu’s was the favorite restaurant of a vegetarian acquaintance, I thought we might give it a try.
Turning up the heat in Westerly
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  June 11, 2010

Some strong choices

A pan-Asian restaurant comes in handy if you are having trouble making a decision. But thanks to several openings in the last year, Portlanders looking for a menu with several Asian cuisines will have to make a choice.
Shima melds tastes, traditions well
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 27, 2009

J.M.P. International Foods

Hooking up with a great cheap-eats restaurant can be like finding romance: you can scour the wide world in vain, then one day discover something terrific right under your nose.
An Indian food-court stall delivers the home-style goods
By MC SLIM JB  |  September 11, 2009

Great Taste Bakery and Restaurant

After a series of unimpressive Chinese restaurants (and one Korean place) had vacated the premises, this odd double-storefront reopened with a silly name — and actually delivers on it. All the food we had did taste great!
A Chinatown eatery that lives up to its name
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 17, 2009


Hanmaru is back from the ashes of a 2008 fire that closed down many nearby businesses.
Allston Korean with an unusual specialty, and plenty more
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 10, 2009


On the cheap: Pho Basil

When I lived in the Back Bay, my suburban friends would coo, "Oooh, you must love the great restaurants!"
Welcome freshness and value too rarely seen in the Back Bay
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 04, 2009