Our last dinner in Boston consisted of a full-out, Cantonese seafood FEAST. (By the way, did you know that Valentine’s Day 2010 falls on the 1st day of Chinese New Year? My favorite holiday in Asia!)
Nick was so sure he wanted to have a lobster feast that he spent hours scouring reviews for the BEST restaurant he could find in Chinatown. Because we’re rebels, we settled on Peach Farm – a restaurant with only 3 out of 5 stars on Yelp.
Normally, this doesn’t happen, but the pictures posted on Yelp looked really really good. And sometimes, SOME reviewers just aren’t fair! You can’t give a restaurant 1 star just because of bad decor. Food and flavor counts for way too much. Proof is below. (Unpictured are 2 bowls of white rice and our red bean desserts)
On a Sunday night at 7, the wait was 10 minutes. Not bad at all.
Within 2 minutes of sitting, our waiter had approached us, given us tea, and was asking us what we’d like to order. He spoke Cantonese, mandarin, and English. Here’s what we ordered in greater detail!
Cantonese Lobster Duo ($22 for 2 lobsters)
Tastiness: A. Delicious!!! The lobster meat was firm and chewy, sweet and succulent. The chef cut it up so all you have to do is bite and the meat comes out in one big piece. The meat is flavored with spring onions and a tad of ginger, lightly fried, and fresh. Obviously, we didn’t leave a bite on the plate.
Steamed Black Bass ($28)
Please excuse the picture and the half-attacked/eaten fish…
Tastiness: A. I LOVE steamed fish, and the way Chinese people do it is to steam the fish with a special fish soy sauce (less salty than regular soy sauce), stuffed with ginger and spring onions. The last thing done is to scald the fish with hot oil right before they bring it to your table. This makes the fish extra fragrant, yet the meat is so tender and flaky is melts on your tongue. We normally eat it with a bowl of white rice so the fish sauce can flavor the rice. SO GOOD.
Tofu and Seafood Casserole ($10)
Tastiness: B+. Our waiter thought we couldn’t finish all our dishes and advised against this dish because he said some of the seafood was frozen. I could hardly tell! There were a ton of peeled, fresh, plump shrimp, along with all the squid you could ask for. The tofu was braised, soft, and pillowy. The bottom of the casserole pot was layered with hot steaming cabbage braised in sauce. Absolutely delicious!
Baby Bak Choy Braised in Broth
Tastiness: A. I love my veggies cooked and piping hot and not too greasy. This kind of bak choy in broth is very typical in Chinese cooking, where the chef will cook the vegetables in some sort of flavorful stock. The dish was topped with shredded Chinese preserved ham which acts as a flavor enhancer.
Taste: 4.5/5 (No complaints anywhere. All the dishes were fresh and delicious.)
Originality: 4/5 (The menu is HUGE and yet they do all their traditional Cantonese seafood dishes Spot. On.)
Plating: 4/5 (Seafood always looks good for some reason)
Value: 3/5 (Pretty average price for a great seafood dinner, as we did order expensive dishes)
Service: 4/5 (Our waiter might have just been extra nice because we can speak the language. I understand though that if you’re not a native, you may get poorer service at some restaurants, but I think Peach Farm is quite good about not doing that) OH! And we got dessert (red bean soup) for free just by asking if there were any complimentary sweets!
Overall – I don’t know why the ratings on Yelp were so low – wrong dishes ordered maybe?? As someone who was raised in Hong Kong, the dishes we ordered tasted just like the stuff I get from home. Next time I go, I want to try the pepper squid. Mmmm (aka Asian calamari in my dictionary)
4 Tyler Street
(between Beach St & Kneeland St)
Boston, MA 02111
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