Boston >Food & Dining > Myers + Chang
1145 Washington St, Boston, MA | Directions 0211842.343781 -71.066157
Sun-Wed 11:30am-10pm; Thu-Sat 11:30am-11pm
Neighborhoods: South End, Harrison Lenox
Very Good – W really enjoyed the service and the food was great. Our waiter was amazingly nice and the prices were very reasonable.
who doesn't love paying for hair in their food? – we were all very excited to go out to a great birthday dinner. this place seemed like the perfect place for our night out. well, we thought wrong... the hostess had some issues, i'm not sure he gets the empty table, seat people concept. it took forever for a server to come over. but when she did she apologized. fine, we understand its busy. during that time we all commented how much we loved the space; cute, trendy little spot, loved the simpleness of the decor. we ordered a few apps and dinners for the table to share... summary: food was overpriced - especially since the quality was poor, food was a bit bland and boring, there was a hair in 2 of our dishes and a bone in another (yes, we still paid for them), a dish we ordered never made it to our table, but showed up on our bill (and the waitress had the nerve to correct me and tell me it was the last thing brought to our table... ah, no... i don't think so... unless tofu is the new udon... that dish was thankfully was taken off our check). i will NEVER EVER go back, and neither will my friends. save your time and money, there are plenty of other great new places to try.
Great food, poor service – My wife/I went last night. Arrived at 8PM, were seated relatively promptly. The hostess sat us at the bar.
It took 15 minutes before our server even acknowleged us (Ian?), after waiting 10 minutes, a person sitting next to us told us that he had to work hard to get our server's attention. We ordered our drinks/food at the same time. 20 minutes went by-no drinks. The hostess brought by our first order (fantastic "Tiger's Tears-a cold steak/pepper dish, seasoned with Thai basil, and crunchy pearls-an A+ dish!), and brought our drinks when we said we never got them.
The restaurant cleared out-our server did his side work rather than serve us-polished spoons, glassware, and set tables, while we, were just feet away from our food that was left to sit there. Another server noticed the food/delivered it to us-spare ribs (excellently cooked, perfectly spiced, delicious, smokey/tea taste), and lettuce wraps (curry/chicken dish on this evening-bathed in coconut milk, which could have had a bit more "kick"). No rice was served, despite it being ordered-our server, who, rather than get the rice, asked if we had in fact ordered it-we had, at his suggestion-then put the order in, polished more glassware, set another table, upon which the hostess brought over the rice-our food sitting all the while.
At the end of the meal, I got up to use the restroom, my wife caught our server, and asked for the bill. was promptly brought to us, I got out my card, and our server took it.
15 minutes went by, us waiting to pay in a nearly empty restaurant. I saw the bill/card sitting right next to the register, with our server setting tables...
Finally, he brought it over, apologized for it taking so long (no reason given, nor was there one). We paid, tipped a bit less than 15% (hey, the food was great, the hostess/owner wonderful) and left.
I would give about a 4.5 stars for food, and 2 for service (only because other servers jumped in to serve us, when our disinterested server bailed).
Would not go there again – Food was below average. One of the dishes was way to salty. For the quality of food this place is way overpriced. Any mediocre Chinese restaurant would have better food at a lower price. I'm definitely not going back.
good food, uneven experience – I don't know how it operates for dinner, but the self-service aspect at lunch doesn't work well. You order and pay at the counter, and the food comes whenever it becomes ready, even if your appetizer comes last. If they forget something, it's up to you to remember, because you've already paid. Curried squash soup was excellent (don't miss it), hot and sour less so because it was missing any sour aspect. Tiger's Tears beef salad had a good and spicy taste but a couple of pieces had to be messily discarded because of gristle. Dan Dan noodles and spring rolls were good. Portions are very small. Sake "sangria" (red) was good but overpriced. The decor in various sections might strike you as either diner-style or college-cafeteria. Overall, the food was very pleasant and the other aspects were not disastrous, but the overall experience would have been better with traditional table service.
still working out the kinks? – To start, our soup of the day - a creamy squash soup with a large scallop encrusted with sesame and seasing was amazing! Probably the best soup I have had in a long time. Unfortunately my noodle salad, and my partner's chick dish would have been better, cheaper, and bigger in Chinatown. The free little desert cup was a nice and delicious ending.
As for the decor that everyone keeps raving about: I don't think it works. It is one part diner, one part modern Asian, one part tacky Chinese restaurant, and it's all watered down and held together with a bad hotel contemporary feel. They should have taken one or two themes and made a new edgy look - but it just doesn't quite get there.
Do not go if you're really hungry – We read about this new Asian restaurant, and being Chinese myself and a huge fan of Asian cooking, I was really looking forward to it. I appreciated the edgy decor, clean bathrooms and great service. The staff was very helpful and very on top of things.
However, I was thoroughly disappointed with the serving size and prices. Evidently "family style" means, "family of one". In addition, while I know food tends to be overpriced in the South End, I could not believe that $11 got you only 5 (albiet tasty) potstickers. We had to split the last potsticker in two. The entree of chow fun could probably fit in the palm of my hand. It was the first time I could remember ever leaving a restaurant only to go to another one because we were both still hungry and very unsatisfied. I often say to friends, if it's a good asian restaurant, you'll see an Asian chef and Asian customers-I should have taken my own advice and just driven a mile down into Chinatown. I know that the food would be authetic and while the atmosphere wouldn't be as stylish, I know that I wouldn't be paying for it!
They have a saying on their wall that says something like Confucius says: I love this food. I would add: Confucius says: if your guest leaves feeling poor and hungry, you will not be blessed in the next life. Adding a few more potstickers wouldn't hurt!
darling, yet spicy and oily – Admittedly, I just picked up an order from this place, and when I went in the restaurant to get it, it looked pretty fabulous. Very hopping, very buzzing; I'd definitely try a sit-down meal here. High style, low 'tude, which I love.
But when I sat down (at home) to eat my meal: tigers tears, baby bak choy, and some pork and tofu combination that looked great on the page, everything was so spicy I could barely taste it. The tofu/pork combo was super oily, too--even the bak choy was greasy. I enjoy sesame oil, but this was sopped. The tigers tears was amazing and the steak was cooked perfectly; but it was so spicy it brought tears to my eyes. I suspect there are great flavors in there, but I couldn't taste it.
The place is so decently priced and it looks like fun--I'd absolutely give it a(nother) go. But order "mild," and tell them to go easy on the oil.
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