Shabu & Mein (Kendall Square, Cambridge)

Word of mouth is the most powerful form marketing.
It’s definitely stronger than an advertisement, and still stronger than reviews from the masses on sites like Yelp and Chowhound. After all, it’s harder to trust the opinion of a person you don’t know versus someone you know.
About a month ago, one of Bryan’s coworkers who is really into food told Bryan that he had recently tried the ramen at Shabu & Mein and thought it was really, really good.
“I think it’s the best ramen in Boston right now.”
That’s a pretty bold statement to make, especially in light of the fact that we have places like Totto Ramen (recently transplant of a very popular place in New York), Yume Wo Katare, and several late night seasonal ramen options (Midnight Ramen at Uni Sashimi Bar, the on again, off again late night ramen at Sycamore, and Guchi’s Midnight Ramen, just to name a few). Yet word-of-mouth is pretty powerful, and we trusted this coworker, so we decided to visit during Bryan’s birthday weekend (a weekend filled with all types of restaurant adventures).

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Tim Ho Wan (Singapore)

Tim Ho Wan dim sum

Hailed as one of the cheapest Michelin starred meals you can get in the world, Tim Ho Wan has been an extremely popular dim sum place in Hong Kong since seemingly forever ago. More recently, they have expanded to many parts of Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and most recently, Taiwan (they are even…

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Toro Boston (South End)

paella at Toro Boston

It is very, very unusual for a Boston restaurant to consider opening up a second location in New York. I mean, it’s New York (!) – one of the most competitive restaurant markets in the country. Yet Toro, a collaboration between James Beard award winners chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette, has been thriving in New York….

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