We were passing through Boston just to break-up the drive to Maine, but every stop in a city is an opportunity to eat at a restaurant I don’t have in NY. I knew we would be tired from driving and I wanted a casual dinner. I put out a request for a recommendation on our facebook fan page and got an answer from Grace immediately: Myers and Chang 1145 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118. I thought that sounded familiar so I checked. Yup, I was already following them on twitter, but hadn’t had any conversations with them and didn’t even know they were in Boston.

Myers and Chang bustling

This presented a new situation I have not been in before. The restaurant knew I was coming and they even thanked me for coming on twitter later that night. I wondered if I should write a review. Would this situation create bias?

Well, I decided to just lay it all out for my readers and you can decide what you want to take from it. Myers and Chang got advanced warning that I was coming. Anyway, taking pictures with a dSLR at restaurants basically clues in any half-savvy restaurants that I’m a blogger. Hypothetically, knowing ahead of time could give them time to do research on me, but how many chefs/restaurateurs do you know that have a lot of free time? In terms of the whole newspaper critics vs. bloggers thing, many traditional writers have been “made” as well.

counter at Myers and Chang

I wondered if I was getting special treatment so we eavesdropped on other tables and listened to the waitstaff talk to others. We think everyone was getting very good service: these waiters do not just take care of stuff, the staff had personality. Everything from their outfits to hairstyles went with this place.

We started with the Chinese Sesame Cucumbers. These remind me of my mom’s marinated cucumbers in flavor profile, only these aren’t marinated, they are just dressed. The fresh cucumbers are refreshing but pack less of an impact than the marinated ones.

Sesame Cucumbers 3

Next came a pile of Garlicky and Spicy Chicken Wings. They had a nice heat, though not particularly garlicky enough to have that as part of the name. The wings were thoroughly enjoyable, as wings almost always are (generally safe choice) but not especially notable.  These were standard soy sauce chicken wings, with a bit of heat.

spicy chicken wings

The Wok-Roasted Mussels, highly recommended by our waiter (who turned out to be a NY-native), was the best dish we had. The lemongrass flavor was so deeply infused into the plump mussel meat. It had us wondering what their secret to wok-roasting is.

Wok-roasted mussels with lemongrass 2

The Arctic Char Roll is a beautiful presentation. It’s simple, just perfectly cooked fish wrapped in nori, then spring roll, served with hot Chinese mustard-based dressing. I would like the roll itself to be seasoned a little more, but the dip added enough oomph.

archtic char rolls 3

The wok-charred Baby Octopus was perfectly tender but needed seasoning. The corn was grilled perfectly, just enough to caramelize without killing all the moisture in the corn niblets, over-coming a far too common problem.

Wok Charred  Baby Octopus with Corn 2

Ultimately, the meal was exactly what I was looking for that night. The food was not perfect in every way, but at that price (bill $54.57), it suited me just fine.  All the proteins were cooked to the correct temperature and the atmosphere as a whole made up for any little imperfections. This place is really a lesson in marketing and concept development. Everything fit this fun and funky vibe. There was an artistic flare and a personality that shined through the logo, the staff, and the menu. I arrived tired and cranky with a headache, and left with a little hop in my step. It’s the kind of place you want to hang out in with a group of friends.

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