Boston Restaurant Blog -- June, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I made my first trip to Oasis Restaurant in South Medford a few weeks ago. I had been trying to get to this Brazilian restaurant for some time now, but haven't had the chance to give it a shot until recently. And while I did not get to try any of their meat dishes (or their buffet), my first impressions of Oasis were pretty favorable.
Oasis Restaurant is in a neighborhood that used to be nearly all Italian some time ago, but it now a mix of many different ethnicities, including a good number of people from Brazil. This, plus the fact that many Brazilian immigrants have moved into neighboring Somerville and Everett, has helped make this dining spot quite a popular one, and indeed the place was packed with Brazilian couples and families when I arrived a bit after lunchtime. The front room was rather hectic, as many people were waiting in line at the buffet while others (such as myself) were waiting for their takeout orders, and still others were waiting for tables in one of the two dining areas to the right. After about 15 minutes of waiting, I received my order and took it home to eat.
My takeout order was mostly appetizers (it was called the "Vegetarian I" plate on the menu. Nearly everything on the plate was very good except for perhaps the yucca, which was extremely greasy and was falling apart from the grease as I tried to eat it. But the collard greens were tasty, the rice was perfectly seasoned, and the black beans had tons of flavor from the sauce they were in. The plantains kind of grew on me, as initially, they seemed a little on the tough side and rather dry, but I tried the remaining ones the next day (the order was big enough for me to make into two meals), and they tasted really good.
Hopefully, I will soon be heading back to Oasis to try at least a couple of their meat dishes, as they all looked pretty mouthwatering to me while I was waiting for my takeout order to come. As soon as I get back there, I will either post another blog, or, if the food is as good as I think it may be, it may just become a featured dining spot on Boston's Hidden Restaurants.
If you would like the address for Oasis Restaurant, here it is: Oasis Restaurant, 373 Main Street, Medford, MA, 02155. Phone: (781) 396-8337.
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