I have lived in Boston’s South End for over a year, so it is a bit of a travesty that I hadn’t tried out Myers + Chang until just this past Friday night. M + C is the epitome of “Asian fusion” cuisine, and a popular South End staple. With dishes like the Korean BBQ Sloppy Joe, Wok-Roasted Mussels, and Thai Coconut Clam Chowder, the choices are quite eclectic. Is there room for chicken and waffles (topped with an aptly named “surprising sauce,”) on a Chinese food establishment’s menu? I asked myself.
My roommate and I ventured down the street to find out, and the results were surprising indeed.
We each started with a cocktail called the Pineapple Express. The drink, a not-too-sweet blend of pineapple-infused vodka and muddled Thai basil, was reminiscent of a mojito. We both loved it, gushed over it for a good ten minutes, and ended up ordering a second round.
In short, if the food here had been terrible, I would go back just for this drink.
Our waitress recommended ordering several plates to share, like tapas. We obliged and chose five dishes, because we are perpetually hungry/ YOLO/ etc. We ordered fish tacos, grilled Kalbi short ribs, Mama Chang’s pork and chive dumplings, black pepper Shanghai noodles, and, of course, the fried chicken and ginger waffle.
The Kalbi ribs arrived first, perfectly grilled and topped off with apple kimchi, mustard sour cream, and sesame seeds. The flavors of the grilled beef and the tangy kimchi melded nicely.
The fish tacos, comprised of hake in soft corn tortillas and topped with kimchi sesame salsa, were similarly flavorful. The waitress astutely reminded us to open up the tacos and squeeze in a bit of lime before we wolfed them down.
The surf and turf black pepper Shanghai noodles with shrimp and steak were tasty, but at $18, the dish could have used quite a bit more surf and/or turf… that one little shrimp on the top there just didn’t do it for me.
Sadly, the dumplings were also underwhelming. On the outside, they were delightfully crispy; inside, however, the flavor was lacking. We finished them regardless. (It’s not like I’m NOT going to eat a deep fried dumpling if it’s in front of me.)
On the other hand, the fried chicken and ginger waffle was, in a word, phenomenal. The waffle, generously topped with fried chicken and sesame honey butter, had a perfect medley of flavors. That “surprising sauce” on top seemed to be some kind of red pepper chutney, which contrasted marvelously with the sweetness of the butter and the savory, delicate goodness of the waffle.
For me, the waffle was the standout of the evening… that is, until the last course arrived.
For dessert, we shared a heavenly slice of chocolate peanut butter layer cake. The cake came with whipped cream and a large vial of chocolate sauce, which we obviously used in its entirety.
I also ordered a pot of jasmine tea to round out my meal. The scent was sublime, sweet and flowery. I loved every sip.
While a bit overpriced and perhaps slightly inconsistent in quality, Myers + Chang gets 4 out of 5 stars. This eclectic little spot hooked me with its select standout offerings (the drinks, the dessert, and that fabulous waffle.) I will surely return.