Buk Kyung II, Allston

Our NRT gathering for October was at Buk Kyung II in Allston.  The space is simple and surprisingly big with pictures of what seem to Korean celebrities.

I am not very familiar with Korean food so was looking forward to trying some staples.  Before the main dishes arrived they bought us a sampling of 6 different condiments which could be eaten as is or with your meal.  One of which was Kimchi, a spicy pickled vegetable (typically cabbage).  There were a few other pickled items and a salty sauce as well.  I am not a big fan of vinegar flavors therefore none of these had a particular appeal to me but the rest of the group was enjoying.

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Two-fer NRT

Our NRT gathering for September was at Gitlo’s Dim Sum Bakery in Allston. It turned out to be a small group so we decided to start with a beer and appetizer at Sunset Grill & Tap. The beer list at the Sunset is amazing! They have 112 beers on tap so there is definitely something for everyone! We also started with the Spinach and Artichoke Dip which was served with pita chips. The chips were topped with melted pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, scallions, and olives and had a scoop of spinach artichoke dip in the center. It was a bit of an odd cross between nachos and dip. While it was nothing gourmet or fancy it was a perfect accompaniment to a glass of beer! The Sunset Grill is a great place to meet up with friends and relax!

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Carlo’s Cucina Italiana, Allston

Our NRT gathering for August was at Carlo’s Cucina Italiana in Allston. We arrived at 7pm for our reservations (which they take for large parties) to find out that there was no record of the reservation and ended up waiting about 35 minutes for a table. Though the hostess was very apologetic this wasn’t a great start to the evening. It is a small space seating about 50 people. The décor is very simple and non-descript. Since we had plenty of time to analyze the menu before we sat down we were ready to order. We were also very hungry so we skipped the appetizers and just went for the entrees.

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Yoma, Allston

Our NRT gathering for May was this past Tuesday at Yoma in Allston. Yoma is a small family run Burmese restaurant. It is a very simple space without too much personality. The décor was typical of smaller ethnic restaurants consisting of wall hangings of Burmese art and pictures of the country haphazardly hung. There was one young woman waiting on all the tables so service was slow. However, we were here for the food! Since there were five of us this time we were able to try several different dishes. We started with the appetizer platter, AaJawSone, which include three different appetizers. The first was the Burmese Samusar which is a deep fried crispy pastry filled with potato, onion, cabbage, and a mixture of spices. It was similar to an Indian samosa however, the flavors were more delicate and the spices not as strong. The second appetizer was the PaeKatJaw which was a deep fried crispy tempura split chickpea pancake. This was something like a chickpea papadum. I particularly liked the texture of the crunchy split chickpeas. The last appetizer was the TofuJaw (Burmese Tofu) which was deep fried home made chickpea tofu. The Burmese make a tofu from chickpea flour which has a lighter, more delicate texture to soy tofu. All of the appetizers were served with a spicy tamarind sauce made from sour tamarind juice, red chili, ginger, garlic, and cilantro. This was a perfect tasty accompaniment to all of the appetizers. My primary complaint was that all of the appetizers were quite greasy.

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