A friend brought us to this Chocolatier last weekend after our dim sum gathering.
This classy and yet cozy chocolatier locates on Newsbury Street, where the high end shops are.
Since the price is above average, it was not very crowded even on a Sunday afternoon. The staff was very friendly and polite. One of them professionally recommended a few best sellers to us.
So we bought a small box of 9 ($26) truffles of different flavors: Champagne, Dark Champagne, Grand Marnier, Cocoa, Lime, Jasmine, Cherry. (yes you can pick your own, of course!)
All of them were good! I especially liked Grand Marnier myself, though Champagne is their most famous item.
I've gotta confess that I really don't like Godiva chocolate. I just think they are way too sweet and I have trouble getting a real taste of it. so teuscher came to me as a wonderful surprise. They are not too sweet, in fact just perfect for my taste!
Just to let you know, they have a shop in Tokyo as well as in Hong Kong inside IFC!! Those who are interested can go check them out sometime! Especially the chocoholic friend of mine, you know who you are!!! Hahaha
This neighborhood bistro is a wonderful find. The owner is so friendly he would spend time talking to you and how you his grand children's pictures.
From our conversation, we found out his father was a great chef who just passed away 2 years ago, and his son who works at Jasmine now is a patissier who makes all the desserts in the Bistro.
The food we ordered was great. The sweet cold cherry soup got me by surprise but it was delicious. Though I consider it more of a dessert than "soup". Salmon steak was nice too. Very flavorful.
Hubby ordered grilled prawns in wasabi sauce. I thought it was ok but hubby loved it very much. As for the lamb chop, I don't eat lamb so I won't comment on that.
In summary, the food was great, and the service was very personal. Bread was served hot although we walked in the restaurant at 9:30pm when they already have all the lights dimmed and was about to close.
We enjoyed a very good dinner there. But one thing was the price. The entree we ordered were something from the daily special so we had no idea they were more pricy ($25-$27) so if you are not ready to surprise yourself, try ordering from the menu.
店名/Name of restaurant：龍鳳 / China Pearl ジャンル/Category: 中華料理 / Chinese 場所/Location： Chinatown, Boston, MA 値段/Price： $$（10USD～） 雰囲気/Atmosphere： ★★★☆☆ 味/Food： ★★★☆☆ サービス全般/Hospitality：★★★☆☆ 全体/Overall： ★★★☆☆
Went to China Pearl 2 weeks in a role. According to my friend from highschool who's now living in Boston, China Pearl is really THE place to go for dim sum. When we went, we did see people waiting for seats. But then it was easy today when we went in a big group of 10 people cuz' they showed us to our table right away without making us wait.
The entrance may look a little small to you, but the interior is quite spacious. Just like a neigborhood restaurant you'd find in Hong Kong.
Since I was told I shouldn't compare the taste with ones in Hong Kong and Vancouver, I'd give it 3 stars. It was good overall. I think their desserts are on the better side.
The egg tarts were good and the sweet tofu was really smooth too. Though I didn't like the Chinese donuts they used in the congee, which wasn't that great either, and the thickness of their dumplings.
But all in all it was a good place considering there aren't really that many choices in the East coast.
One problem we faced was we get really sleepy after we eat out. So we came home and slept for 2 hours and I am still feeling a bit like a zombie at the moment. It's the MSG in the food and my husband and I are exceptionally sensitive to it since we try to use everything natural when we cook at home.
I suppose most people would not have problem with it so it is still a place that worths going.
Just made it with some strawberries, peach, and pear I had at home. Turned out quite alirght.
One problem I encountered was the heavy cream here. It's only 8% fat (I'm not sure if I read it correctly, but it is less than 30% for sure). Compared to the cream in Japan, which starts from 35% to 45% fat, it's really not easy to work with.
That explained why it's not common to use fresh cream to decorate cakes here in North America! (^^)b