“really hope he revamps the menu or figures out how to make this place works as the type of food is promising and I love the restaurant's location.”
“They use good quality tuna precisely cut, well flavored with citrus, and served on a unique and flavorful crispy rice cake.”
“Having heard stories passed on from others about Ming Tsai showing up for a bar mitzvah party, etc...it still makes me think Blue Ginger is a great restaurant in Wellesley and definitely worth the visit out of boston, if not only for the food, but the cha”
“did not have the whole dish, but again I loved the idea of hot grilled sweet fish with the spicy wasabi sauce served with the cold wakami seaweed salad.”
“CREATIVE cocktails and menu.”
“This is a great place with great food.”
“If anything, I would go back for this dish alone (minus the not so tasty soba noodle sushi rolls served with it)!”
“The atmosphere was comfortable and romantic and the waitstaff was so friendly.”
“Yes the price is up there but if you really enjoy food and undertand what Chef Tsai is doing its worth the treat!”
“Excellent food with the best tasting apetisers I've tried in a long time!”
Worth the price. Blue ginger is a must for special occasions, it is on the expensive side but you will not be dissapointed!
Great food! Great dinner experience!.
My husband and I had an excellent night at Blue Ginger last night. We have been there a few times now, and the food is always amazing. We have tried a different appetizer/entree each time and have loved every one of them. You can't make a wrong choice with the food here. Everything is great! I highly recommend the "Foie Gras-Shiitake Shumai in Sauternes-Shallot Broth". This is one of the best things I have ever tasted.
The service was also excellent last night. The full staff was very friendly and engaging and just made for a wonderful experience.
One of the things that impressed me the most was Chef Ming Tsai's personal interest in making sure every single one of his customers has a great experience. You can see Chef Tsai walking around the restaurant, visiting tables and talking with guests, and just making sure all of his customers are having a good time. He even brought out our entrees and we had a chance to talk with him personally.
I highly recommend Blue Ginger for its food and for the dinner experience. After last night Blue Ginger has made it onto my short list of favorite restaurants in the Boston area. I definitely plan on visiting again and often.
Great food with attitude. I have been to Blue Ginger on many occasions and prefer lunch to dinner for value. It is always crowded and the wait can be forever. The staff does have an attitude of sorts that I attribute to the "line at the door" factor, i.e. you do not have to be solicitous and charming if there is a line outside the door. Given Ming Tsai's fame, the restaurant suffers from this Rock Star problem. Of course, his famous butterfish dish is superb but I have had many of the entrées and found them all delicious if a bit slow to be served. If anything, I sometimes feel like I should be rushing my meal because someone is waitingfor my table.
not worth the attitude. wanted to share my ultra-disapointing experience on the heels of several recent reviews that also describe a decent meal spoiled by arrogant attitude of the restaurant staff. Dined here last a couple of years ago with my parents and 2 very-well behaved teenage boys. right away we got attitude from the staff - first they iognored us, taking 30 minutes before taking our order, then when we inquired about our entrees after another 30 minute wait after appetizers, were quickly rebuked by the manager who said, "sorry -most our diners don't bring children and prefer to take their time enjoying the dining experience here" baarf! our kids could have taught the snooty manager a thing or two about basic courtesy...Ming needs to get a clue as to how his showcase is presenting an attitude that won't stand the test of time as chefs who appreciate their customers will whiz by him (as is alreayd happening) - wake up ming and smell the mustard
Wouldn't recommend Blue Ginger.
The dish was Scallops in a Polynesian sauce with mixed vegetables. The sauce reminded me of a less-tasty version of French's Mustard. Thank god the portion was small so that I could choke it down with water and not alert my dinner host (who had been looking forward to coming here). If I hadn't been an invited guest, I would have sent the meal back. if I had cooked this at home, I would have thrown it in the trash.
I contacted Blue Ginger General Manager the next day and asked if the chef may have made an error while preparing the dish. She brusquely put me off and said: "how can you compare our food to something as pedestrian as French's Mustard?"
If this restaurant were a pop song, it would have parenthetical titles next to its name: Blue Ginger (The Emporer's New Clothes).
Negligent. I normally don't write reviews but I feel it's important to write this one. We have been to Blue Ginger many times...particularly for special occasions. I've yet to have a bad meal and tonight's meal was wonderful as well. However, when I made my reservations I was asked if this was a special occasion and I replied, "Yes, our friends special anniversary". Upon entering the restaurant, I approached the hostess and again mentioned that our friends are celebrating their special anniversary and asked if she would relay the message to our table wait staff. "Not a problem", she said. We ordered several desserts and I was very disappointed that all my efforts, my request was ignored. I left the restaurant quite sad and apologized to our guests. I will admit that I was delighted to see the restaurant filled on a Tuesday evening in a bad economy...but negligence is unacceptable!
A Let Down. Truly a let down. Staff was unfriendly and cold, food was average at best. I do not know why they are so busy becuase no one really cares that you are there and absolutely no one cares if you do not enjoy your meal even when you leave you entire dish in front of you untouched. Maxwells 148 is about 2 miles away right past Wellesley College on Rt 135 and 10 times better.
Went here 5 years ago for a first date and had been excited to go because I had heard wonderful things about this place. The food was not good back then and has not improved as of my visit last night, either.
I am a fan of Ming's tv show, and the recipes on it are always great. Somehow, the restaurant just doesn't live up to Ming's reputation.
Yes, the Butterfish is good. Maybe even very good. And my Vanilla mint cream soda was fabulous- my favorite part of the meal. The staff is great, too.
But the Tuna tartare appetizer was one of the most tasteless dishes I've ever had, and the sauce served with the calamari was pretty foul.
I really hope he revamps the menu or figures out how to make this place works as the type of food is promising and I love the restaurant's location.
Always a fan of Ming's TV shows, a couple of friends and I decided to trek out to Blue Ginger before I left Boston. We were promptly seated as it was a weeknight and the place wasn't too busy. However, the first thing we noticed after sitting down was the outdated and non-descriptive decor. It reminded us more of a typical suburban establishment rather than a highly touted culinary destination. The food did not impress neither: my table ordered the tasting menu of 5 courses, of which only the butterfish got a consensus of delicious from the table. The tuna tartare was something you could have had anywhere. Although I enjoyed the Foie Gras shumai, the accompanying broth with shallot was way over-seasoned. The other dishes--which included a lobster filled fried wonton and Surf and Turf--were unimpressive. The plating and presentation were something out of your average TGIF--uncoordinated and uninventive. The creme brulee dessert weren't set properly neither, wrapping up a disappointing dinner overall.
If it wasn't for the Blue Ginger name and high expectation that came with it, a restaurant of this caliber would probably gotten 3 stars--or an average rating. However, with Ming's success in the media, I was expecting more from his flagship establishment. Please, Ming, do something about the decor and improve the dishes. You can ride the name only for so long.
Lover of Butterfish!. I took my husband here for his birthday dinner...and everything about it was wonderful! We had the Alaskan Butterfish and Lobster dish and they were both amazing. I have never tasted anything quite as perfect as I did last night. Even the fried calamari with lime and cilantro dipping sauce was wonderful and tangy. It was one of the best meals of my life. The atmosphere was comfortable and romantic and the waitstaff was so friendly. My husband and I just left smiling and in a culinary bliss. It was also very exciting to see Ming mingle with the customers...he is so relaxed and pleasant and it definitely translates into his food and restaurant. I can't wait to return. I will be dreaming about my Alaskan butterfish until then.
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