New Restaurant: Taam China
Last night, Jonathan the Houseboy came to clean late. So late that he was still there when Joseph came home, changed, hung around, went through the mail, and we couldn't put off having dinner. And Jonathan the Houseboy was cleaning the kitchen. So no dinner in the kitchen for us!
We decided to go out to Dok Bua, our neighborhood award-winning Thai place. The neighborhood is full of award-winning places to eat. Anyway, on the way we passed Taam China. It is a glaat kosher Chinese restaurant. And if you don't know that glaat Kosher is more Kosher than Kosher, then you don't know glaat...
Anyway... we got there and sat at the last table right before an onslaught of parties who had to wait 10 or 15 minutes. I think we were the only non-Jews in the place. I have never seen so many hats and covered heads in my life! I never realize there were so many orthodox and conservative Jews in the neighborhood. And half of them spoke a non-English language - I am thinking Hebrew or whatever they speak in Israel. Okay. I am enlightened but the whole Jewish thing is new to me. It's not an Eastern religion, ya know? And other than being a little sister during college at a Jewish frat, having a best friend in college who was Jewish, and going to Sater at her house, my only real exposure to Jews has been through observing the people in Brookline, where half of the population is Jewish. The other 2/3 of the remaining half is Asian. Okay. Some might say that Jews and Asian have a lot in common. Whatever. It's not the same.
For one thing, they have a LOT more holidays. And another thing, they OBSERVE their holidays. For Asians, holidays belong to other people and it's another opportunity to make more money. But this is a topic for another day...
Every bottle of wine on the winelist was $18. We ordered a bordeaux. Pretty easy since they only had 3 wineries - a white, red, a pink from each. The wine was pretty good! Surprisingly good!! That was after we got wide mouth globlet water glasses to replace the tiny minature sparkling wine flutes they gave us. It was so funny... we asked for different glasses and was told no...
The guy who owns the place said, "No. Those are the wine glasses."
We said, "Can we have the ones for the fruit drink? With the wide mouth?"
He said, "No. [pointing to the glasses in front of us] Those are for wine, these are not."
Thankfully, his patient and quiet wife was sitting there and she got the waitress to bring us wide mouthed wine glasses.
I hated to hear their conversation after closing!
Anyway... the menu is really good. No pork, as expected. And no dairy - Asians are lactose intolerant and you won't find dairy on any menu anyway...
The soups were disappointing - but I've had some really good soups. But I imagine if you are not a connoisseur of wonton and Hot & Sour soups, you would think they were good. Joseph's eggroll was nice. Not greasy. My half and half dish - half chicken and half beef with slightly different sauces - was excellent! Joseph's peking style Moo Shi beef was excellent, although the pancakes were a bit thin.
We got a take out menu. We will be ordering out and going there again for sure. Besides being really good, they are one of the closest restaurants from our house - about a 5 minute walk.
We are also going to order a case of that cheap cheap cheap bordeaux for the wine cellar as our Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday wine.