My husband and I have an annual tradition of spending one night in Boston over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. We always stay in a hotel in Copley Plaza, which enables us access to two shopping malls without having to go outside (in case it is bad weather). Staying at Copley is fabulous because we have plenty of entertainment, shopping and food within walking distance, and like I said, if the weather doesn’t cooperate, we don’t even have to go outside! Seeing as how we won’t be going on any sort of “babymoon” before our munchkin is born, I consider this night in Boston a mini-Babymoon of sorts!
I have to admit– staying anywhere for more than a night doesn’t sound appealing at this stage of pregnancy, so one night away was perfect. We arrived in Boston around 5 on Saturday, and spent a few hours walking around Copley Plaza and the Prudential Center, visiting a bunch of different stores and window shopping. We spotted some fun foods in Williams Sonoma!
Before long, it was time for our 7 P.M. dinner reservation at Typhoon Asian Bistro, which was just across the street from the mall.
I really wanted to eat Asian food on our one night in Boston, so I consulted Yelp to locate some spots near our hotel. It was tough to distinguish what was a “joint” from somewhere that actually had atmosphere, which was what we were going for. And of course, as a vegetarian, I wanted to go somewhere with lots of options for me and that had nime chow, which was my true craving. Typhoon Asian Bistro fit the bill perfectly– Yelp reviews indicated it was a bit upscale when compared to lots of neighboring spots and it even had a separate vegan menu!
I have to say, Typhoon Asian Bistro really served its purpose– it turned out to have wonderful food, a great atmosphere, excellent service, and a perfect location! I have already proclaimed that when we return to Boston, I want to return to this exact restaurant!
We were seated immediately– in fact, it was pretty empty when we arrived. It was decorated beautifully, and had tons of winter-wonderlandish accents and decorations. Our waitress was extremely attentive throughout the evening, and overall, our food came out very quickly each time as well!
To drink, I enjoyed some piping hot green tea.
Off of the vegan menu (which I did have to ask for), we ordered tofu fresh rolls and vegetarian tofu lettuce wraps to start. The fresh rolls were yummy; they were packed with tofu, rice noodles, mint and a few other veggies and were served with a thick peanut sauce that we slathered on with each bite. Usually, when we order fresh rolls, the order comes with two rolls cut in half, but this order had three rolls, which was a pleasant surprise! We polished them off no problem.
The lettuce wraps were equally delicious. The filling consisted of water chestnuts, peas, carrots, and tofu stir-fried in a delicious sauce. The lettuce wraps were fresh also.
My husband ordered sushi for his entrée; I had the best Kung Pao Tofu with brown rice.
I have had Kung Pao Tofu a few times, but it is hard to find on Asian menus in my experience. I will always order it if I do see it though, because I love peanuts in my stir fries. The last time I had it back in Rhode Island, it was just OK– here at Typhoon, it was amazing! The tofu was plentiful and nicely textured. The sauce had a wonderful spicy kick to it, and the veggie mix of celery and bell peppers was crisp and flavorful. The portion was generous too, and I was sad I couldn’t take it home since we were out of town!
Since the food was so delicious, I committed myself to having dessert there too. I ordered their “ice cream on hot cake,” which was basically vanilla ice cream on a warm brownie with chocolate sauce. The first thing I noticed about it was the beautiful presentation, as the chocolate sauce was swirled on in an intricate pattern, and the whole dessert was crowned with a fresh flower.
The brownie was moist inside, crispy outside and nicely warmed. The ice cream was thick and smooth. In other words, it was the perfect brownie sundae.
I am almost in shock at how much Typhoon Asian Bistro exceeded my expectations since oftentimes in Boston, restaurants have disappointed me in the past. It’s so easy to go to one of the thousands of restaurants in Boston that seem to look good, only to find they are overpriced and overrated. Typhoon actually was much better than I thought it would be, and kind of wish it was closer to home!
We ended up going back to our hotel right after dinner and watched tv for a bit before we crashed out. I didn’t have my snoogle, so I was worried I wouldn’t sleep well, but my husband sacrificed one of his pillows so I could build a wall to support my back!
I’ll recap part two of our babymoon soon!
What’s your favorite thing to order in an Asian restaurant?