Ethnic Cuisines

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Somali equality

In trading up for the romantic notoriety of piracy from the ignored tragedy of famine and civil war, Somalis have pulled off the PR coup of the millennium.
Barava's appetizer basket is a glorious find
By BRIAN DUFF  |  April 24, 2009

Panza Ristorante

Panza, which replaced Cibo in a small space just off the busiest blocks of Hanover Street, strikes a nice balance between red-sauce expectations, a bit of cheffery, and prices you can live with.
A good North End restaurant without a line? Enjoy it while it lasts.
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 24, 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

Review: Tokyo!

Together, idiosyncratic directors Michel Gondry ( Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind ), Leos Carax ( The Lovers on the Bridge ), and Bong Joon-ho ( The Host ) have crafted a bento box of delectable shorts.
Dreamy tribute to a glittering metropolis
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 10, 2009

In search of authenticity

Friederike Munz, a 27-year-old German woman, was going to teach me how to make German potato salad the way she'd learned from her grandmother on a farm in Freiburg, Germany.
Real German, Real German potato salad
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  April 10, 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

Slice of Heaven

Like mama used to say, don't fix what's not broken. In the kitchen, after requisite recipe fine-tuning and repair, after you have it tasting wonderful, slowly step away from that mixing bowl.
All this and bagels, too
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  April 10, 2009

Jerusalem Pita and Grill

It's important to know your amateur online reviewers. While some are reliable cheap-eats dowsers, a rave from a Chowhound who also adores the Cheesecake Factory loses some credibility.
Fresh, kosher, and underrated online
By MC SLIM JB  |  April 01, 2009


Remember the spirit and savor of the old-time North End red-sauce restaurants? Amici still does.
Odd hours make this a rare North End treat
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 25, 2009

Review: Shula's 347 Grill

NFL Hall of Fame coach Don Shula is understandably proud of his 347 career wins. He's so proud that he wants to share that fact with diners at his nationwide chain of seven steakhouses.
A culinary field goal
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 18, 2009

Thaitation Thai Cuisine

I'm convinced that one of the reasons this restaurant column doesn't get the national readership it deserves is that, I keep raving about owner-chefs like Dusadan Lee Narbanshart.
Brown Sugar gets even sweeter
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 18, 2009

Señor Flaco's

It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow.
Tacos and more, with a smile
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  March 12, 2009

Food fight at MIT

Latke or Hamantashen?
A battle to determine the superior of the Jewish treats
By IAN SANDS  |  March 11, 2009

Ristorante Damiano

We Americans think of Italian food as the bountiful, overloaded tables, but when we travel to Italy, we find small plates and fashionably skinny Italians splitting dishes in four courses.
Small plates pack a big punch
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 11, 2009

Sealey's Lunch

You've driven past this one restaurant a hundred times, often thinking, "I should check that place out."
A diner with old-time friendliness and leisurely pacing
By MC SLIM JB  |  March 11, 2009

Cooking with two Russians

Yulia Converse welcomed me into her kitchen in Maine to learn from her mother, Alla Zagoruyko, how to make authentic Russian borsht.
A day of authenticity, gross assumption, and great soup
By LINDSAY STERLING  |  March 11, 2009

Review: Citron

John Elkhay has so many restaurants around the city that we just hadn't gotten around to Citron before last weekend.
A satisfying meal trumped by style
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  March 04, 2009


Luxury dining has long been associated with hotels, but hotel restaurants must walk the line.
Fine form and function at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  March 04, 2009

Ghazal Fine Indian Cuisine

Ghazal provides a variety of dishes that Bukhara (the other Indian restaurant in the area) does not, plus warm service, competitive pricing, and mixed drinks.
A new neighbor tones down the décor and excels in spots
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 26, 2009

Review: Señor Flaco’s

It's good to see a restaurant with a sense of humor. As well as serving good Tex-Mex chow, Señor Flaco's offers up a good dose of levity.
Tacos and more, with a smile
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 25, 2009

Review: Happy Teriyaki

There is little that is hard about Happy Teriyaki, which is Korean-owned despite the Japanese name and the Japanese-style cute bear logo in the window.
Japanese and Chinese cuisines take second place at Happy Teriyaki
By BRIAN DUFF  |  February 25, 2009

Review: Mr. Peabody's

It's the kind of neighborhood spot where locals gather for an annual get-together with their state senator, there's a rotating library of book donations on the window sills, and the coffee and tea have their own self-serve corner.
Proud home of 'white trash/gourmet fusion'
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  February 18, 2009

On the cheap: Sushi Yasu

Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
Fierce flavors of Korean cuisine
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 18, 2009

Burritos and Tacos to Go!

I travel to Manhattan a lot, and since 9/11 have found Amtrak's Acela service out of Back Bay Station a far more pleasant and hassle-free way to get there than flying.
Healthy bargains for starving strap-hangers
By MC SLIM JB  |  February 11, 2009

Review: Walter's

It's easy to imagine Chef Walter Potenza as a boy in Abruzzo, playing with kitchen utensils and recipes like other boys play with toy trucks and chemistry sets.
 Chef Walter Potenza: A one-man food industry
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  February 11, 2009

Mu Lan Taiwanese Restaurant; Boston primo for pizza

Mu Lan opened three years ago and changed chefs and menus this past summer, but has maintained a good reputation in the increasingly competitive Taiwan subcategory of Asian food.
Fine, fast food in the Asian subcategory
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  February 11, 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

Review: Craigie on Main

While culinary fads have come and gone, Chef Tony Maws has stuck by his sound principles.
Local, fresh, and fantastic
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 28, 2009

A good kind of corny

To have been stuck with corn was the great curse of this continent.
Loco Pollo gets tamales right
By BRIAN DUFF  |  January 28, 2009

Bina Osteria

Bina Osteria may be the last luxury restaurant to open in Boston for a long time — or at least the last that isn't situated in a boutique hotel.
Opulence: enjoy it while you can
By ROBERT NADEAU  |  January 21, 2009