Boston Restaurant Blog -- January, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
I got together with several friends Friday night, including a friend of mine from Virginia who makes a point of going to Chinatown whenever he and his wife are in Boston. Well, he came up alone this time, but we all decided to do a late Chinatown run, anyway.
After a few hours spent at the Red Hat, an old-school Boston bar at the northern edge of Beacon Hill, we headed over to Chinatown. It was pretty quiet for a Friday night, though we arrived around 11:30, which is probably an in-between time for the restaurants of the neighborhood. Our destination was the outstanding New Jumbo Seafood, which used to be called Jumbo Seafood, but I believe they are under new ownership, hence the "New" part of the name.
We had way too much food at the New Jumbo, especially for that time of night, but it was worth it, since the food was tremendous. The Singapore Rice Stick had tons of shrimp and delicious rice noodles in a moderately spicy curry sauce. The fried calamari was as good as any you will find in Chinatown. The chicken with cashews was piled high with both ingredients, and was mixed with a mild sauce. And even the more Americanized dishes--the chicken fingers and crab rangoon--were better than what you will find in most Chinese restaurants.
New Jumbo Seafood is definitely one of my favorite places in Chinatown, as its dishes are both excellent and reasonably priced, and they are open late. Plus, the dining room is a bit bigger and quieter than those of many other restaurants in Chinatown. I definitely want to get back soon, perhaps when my friend and his wife return to Boston in a few weeks (if I can wait that long!).
For those who want the address of New Jumbo Seafood, here it is: New Jumbo Seafood, 5 Hudson Street, Boston, MA 02111; the phone number is (617) 542-2823
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