Boston Restaurant Blog -- November, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thanks in part to the new waterfront complex in Hingham called The Hingham Launch, this beautiful South Shore town has seen a number of new restaurants open over the past several months. Well, we visited one of these eateries about a week ago at the Launch, and while I was a bit surprised at the cost of our meal at Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge, the food was good enough to (almost) justify the high prices.
Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge is the second location of Typhoon Asian Bistro, which is located on Boylston Street in the Back Bay of Boston. Like the original, the Hingham location features Asian fusion cuisine, including Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Thai dishes, though Japanese does seem to be the main focus. The new spot in Hingham is quite spacious, with teppanyaki sections, a sushi bar, and a large number of tables of all sizes throughout its several dining areas. With its Euro music, sleek atmosphere, and nicely dressed servers, Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge seems quite a bit more upscale than your basic Asian restaurant, with a feel not unlike Great Chow in Abington.
On our recent visit to Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge in Hingham, we were seated toward the back, near one of the teppanyaki stations and the entrance to the kitchen, and it was quite loud--almost to the point where we had to yell in order to hear each other. Our server (who was friendly and professional from start to finish) took our drink and appetizer order, and our steamed pork and shrimp dumplings and Singha beers came to us after a short wait. The freshly made dumplings were very tasty, though just a tad on the mushy side, and the ginger sauce that came with them had a nice little kick to it. A few minutes after we finished the dumplings, our main dishes arrived, with both being excellent in quality and presentation. The spicy sushi plate included a variety of spicy tuna and salmon pieces as well as an attractive spicy cucumber salad that was served in what looked like a martini glass. The steamed vermicelli plate was wonderful, with seasoned sliced chicken placed on top of the thin noodles, and slightly bitter greens and sweet peanut sauce adding a nice mix of flavors to the dish. Aside from the noise within the place, about the only gripe I had about our experience at Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge was that the prices did seem rather high, especially for a suburban dining spot. It seems that these prices could be justified in Boston's Back Bay, but maybe not here, though to be fair, Hingham is a wealthy community, so perhaps some folks won't mind paying a few dollars more for the food at this restaurant.
I'm not sure I'd become a regular at Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge because of the relatively high price point, but the food really was impressive on our visit there. I'm sure I'll be going back at some point, perhaps to try some of the Korean, Thai, or Chinese dishes there or maybe the teppanyaki, which is always a fun experience.
If you would like the address for Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge in Hingham, here it is: Typhoon Asian Bistro and Lounge, 25 Shipyard Drive, Hingham, MA, 02043. the phone number is (781) 749-8484.
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