We live a short walk away, so had high hopes for this new neighborhood hangout. They'd solved their initial teething problems with wait times and service by the time we visited -- waiters were attentive and food came out quickly -- but that's the best we can say about it. The cocktails we ordered -- three different drinks -- were all failures, with strange, synthetic flavors (mine tasted much like toilet freshener!). My wife ordered a spiked milkshake without looking at the price, and was shocked to discover it was $14, more than many of the entrees. The starters and mains we ordered were very bland: diner food that would be acceptable in another setting, but not at the prices we were paying. Everything was under-flavored and lacking in spark. The place was packed -- but I can't see it being that way in 6 months once the early excitement dies down, unless they do something dramatic with the menu. What a disappointment!
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Went there recently -- we were excited to find a place that went beyond sushi to make a wider range of Japanese dishes. We used to love just such a place in Boston. Too bad that this one is clueless when it comes to making these dishes. If you've never had onigiri, negimaki, or steam buns before, you'll be eating an insipid imitation of the real thing. Even the ramen was hopeless - the broth was bland and watery, tasting like it had come from a packet. What a disappointment!
The author takes for granted that new construction will produce negative consequences for the Eastside, but never explains exactly what these will be and why they are inevitable. Unless he does so, this reads as if all redevelopment is automatically bad. Perhaps he can clearly explain how he thinks midtown redevelopment will impact the Eastside?
I think Kim Son has become Pho Bac in Mt Pleasant.
Quyen is inauthentic and disappointing. H&L beats it hands down.
"Sparkling" pho elsewhere in Charleston -- if only it was true. This place is leagues ahead of its competition.
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