Boston Restaurant Blog -- January, 2008
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
We tried to get to the new China Pearl in Quincy a few weeks ago, but there were literally hundreds of people inside the place, with many more waiting in line outside. Needless to say, we went somewhere else that night and decided to try again some other time. Well, we did end up going to China Pearl about a week ago, as it was much less crowded this time around, and we are glad we did get there, as the food was as good as we've had in a Chinese restaurant in many months.
China Pearl is a huge restaurant, with a high ceiling and countless tables scattered about. It seems like it can get quite hectic, with waiters rushing about in all different directions, sometimes carrying trays absolutely loaded with food. The restaurant is set up perfectly for dim sum, which they do have on weekends. The menu has just about every dish you can imagine, with a large number of traditional dishes and some exotic ones, including shark fin soup.
We started with hot and sour soup, which was tasty and had a slow burn to it. Then we split an order of outstanding peking raviolis, which were nothing like the greasy, tasteless kinds that many other Chinese restaurants serve; these were obviously homemade, as they were all shaped differenly and had the scrunched-up look of freshly-made raviolis. For our entrees, we tried the sizzling beef with ginger and scallions, which was perhaps the best individual Chinese entree I have had in at least a couple of years; and the kung pao chicken, which was much better than average, and had a particularly tasty sauce.
The other two China Pearl locations (the original in Chinatown and the second location in Woburn) generally receive high marks from critics and diners alike. If our meal at the Quincy location is any indication, the latest China Pearl will probably receive similar accolades and should become a very big hit in the southern suburbs of Boston. We can't feature China Pearl because it is destined to become a popular place, but that certainly won't stop us from going there. That is, unless there is another endless line of people waiting outside as there was a few weeks ago.
If you would like the address for China Pearl, here it is: China Pearl, Quincy Avenue, 237 Quincy, MA, 02169. Phone: (617) 773-9838.
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