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New Tokyo Japanese Steak House in Braintree

Before you even approach the hostess at Braintree’s new Tokyo Japanese Steak House, you have to make a choice: do you want to go left or right? Nod your head to the right, and you can sit in a booth at a granite table with an electric burner embedded in its center. Go left and … [Read more...]

Sintra: A treasure of a restaurant in Braintree

It’s nice to see a restaurant grow, bit by bit, expanding as time passes and needs arise. When owner-Chef Brian Jenkins and his wife Kerri opened Sintra in 2003 it was a storefront space with 40-foot ceilings, a loft, and its “front” door around the back. In 2007, Jenkins took … [Read more...]

Nordstrom Cafe Bistro surprisingly good

Even though a friend had been raving to me about Café Bistro in the new Nordstrom at the South Shore Plaza for a few weeks, I wasn’t hearing her. An unconscious notion -- that a restaurant in a department store couldn’t be a good restaurant -- was so lodged in my mind that I … [Read more...]

From South Shore chefs with love

The Lombardo's table at A Taste of the South Shore. (Photo by Richard W. Green) Think of the work it takes to make a good, simple dinner. Then imagine doing that times 100 from morning to late at night, sometimes seven days a week, holidays absolutely included, often working in … [Read more...]