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Central 37

Good food if you can find it
The food wasn’t great Rene Michelena, but it was him, and fun, and there are some real advantages to being the only diners in the room.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 17, 2008


Shabu Shabu Toki

Where to go if you’re in-the-know
Yet another way to enjoy the soup/fondue shabu-shabu: quickly cook the meats and eat them with dips and condiments.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 10, 2008


Gran Gusto

A well-kept secret . . . But not for long
Gran Gusto is an Italian delight located as close to the middle of nowhere as it gets in North Cambridge.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  September 03, 2008


Privius Lounge

Sashimi for the dancing set
I thought I had Privus figured out based on what owner Jarlath Quinn had done with his popular bar, The Kells, located right next door.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 27, 2008



Off the charts, off the map
Even a slice of zucchini makes you want more . . . zucchini. You are perhaps vegan? Order two of these and sneer at the carnivores of the world.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 20, 2008


Twelve patties, no cake

A burger safari
Can one revive something that is, unlike barbecue, universally American, and steeped in personal nostalgia?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 13, 2008


Jo Jo Taipei

Seldom enjoyed; thoroughly enjoyable
The contemporary cuisine of Taiwan, for its part, is influenced by Chinese, Spanish, Dutch, and Japanese colonists.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  August 08, 2008



The soup is definitely on
A new generation of Japanese water-fondue restaurants has won me over.  
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 30, 2008


The Publick House

Grab a drink while you wait
The true focus here is the far frontiers of craft brewing, especially the many styles of Belgian ales.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 23, 2008



And you thought Taberna de Haro was authentic . . .
A divorce and new partners have put Julio de Haro in the position to open Estragon, a larger restaurant with a 1930s-tapas-bar theme. Nostalgia deepens authenticity, no?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 16, 2008


Tashi Delek

Fine Tibetan cuisine — freed from Chinese influences
The total Tashi Delek experience is larger than the food or the room, or even the caring service from the lone mid-week waitress.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 09, 2008


Vintage Lounge

Simplify, simplify — and enjoy the wine
As often happens at wine festivals, the wine at Vintage is actually more exciting than the food.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  July 02, 2008


Wisteria House

Newbury Street’s loss is Cambridge’s gain
As one of Boston’s first Taiwan-style restaurants, Wisteria House had a 10-year run on Newbury Street. It has now moved its operations to Cambridge.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 25, 2008


Highland Kitchen

Won’t you be our neighbor?
It's a restaurant with a menu that goes from diner to bistro without missing a world beat. There’s some pretty good American roots music on the jukebox, too.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 18, 2008



Definitely worth the wait
So what’s all the excitement about?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 11, 2008


Pho Republique

Refined fusion done right
Retro done right sits well with me, and the refined fusion dishes here can be remarkable.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  June 04, 2008



Fit for the gods
Modern, locavore, green, and dazzling.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 28, 2008


Hungry Mother

Beverly Hillbillies food goes to Paris
Platters such as “catfish pâté” can be visually hilarious, but also really delicious.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 21, 2008


Minsok Restaurant

Skip the sushi, stay for the serious Korean dishes
On two more visits, it became clear that Minsok is mainly a very serious Korean restaurant, rather than a Japanese sushi place.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 14, 2008


The Blarney Stone

A Dorchester bar transfomrs, with mixed results
What’s the unlikeliest restaurant transformation?
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  May 07, 2008


Lobby Bar & Kitchen

Room for improvement
We walked into Lobby the same day the Boston Globe ’s critic slammed the place — meaning, she gave it only one star.
By: ROBERT NADEAU  |  April 30, 2008

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