Our NRT gathering for July was last Tuesday at Meyers and Chang in the South End. We arrived a little after our 7pm reservations and were seated at a nice long communal table right by the bar. The room is fairly modern with sleek lines. It is a nice brand new building in the SoWa area of the South End which seems to be the latest hot spot for new restaurants. The website says that it is a “funky indie diner” that offers the chefs’ “very personal interpretation of Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese specialties.”
A few of us started with their fresh homemade sodas. I chose the Aloe Yuzu Soda. It was lovely! The citrus of the yuzu had a nice tang with the mellow aloe flavor. Very light and refreshing!
The waitress explained that it was an all small plates type of concept without appetizers, entrees, etc and that all the food comes out as it is ready. I like the casual concept already! As it was communal dining we each ordered a couple of items which we wanted to try. To be honest I can’t remember everything we had but I will highlight the few that stood out in my mind.
The tea-smoked pork spare ribs were delicious! I am not sure how they were prepared but they had a nice smoky flavor and were tender to the bone. Since we enjoyed our first order so much we ordered it again. Unfortunately, the second order was not as tender and smoky as the first. The first order seemed to be smaller ribs which, I think, is what made the difference. But, regardless still a great dish!
The braised pork belly buns with steamed bao, brandied hoisin, pickled watermelon relish was surprisingly good! I am not usually a fan of traditional pork buns because I find that there is too much bun for the amount of pork. But, these had less bun and more pork and the pork was perfectly sweet and sour with the hoisin. Really a lovely version of this dish!
The dan dan noodle salad with fresh peanut, chili sambal was ok, not my favorite item of the evening. It was very, very spicy hot but that was it. It had a few peanuts but there weren’t any other vegetables or anything else. So, overall it was just spicy hot which it not something I enjoy.
The green papaya slaw with chilis, peanuts, lime was wonderful! Nice flavor combination. The papaya was sour and the lime was tangy! Really nice fresh salad!
We also had the myers+chang fried chicken with cilantro, lime, sweet and hot dipping sauce. This was great! The chicken was wonderfully crispy and the meat was juicy. Then the cilantro lime dipping sauce was a perfect accompaniment.
I was pleasantly surprised by Meyers and Chang! My expectations were low as I wasn’t sure what the chefs’ interpretation of these Asian would be and worried it might be bland or overly complicated. In the end I enjoyed most of the dishes we tried and thought it was a fun, relaxing, casual, dining experience!
Meyers and Chang
1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118