Katrin: Glenn and I had such a great time at the first Mystery Meet at Ten Tables that we were quite eager to attend the second one regardless of the location that Seth Resler had chosen. Of course we were also excited to find out where it would be. Ten Tables would be difficult to top! In a wonderful and mysterious fashion, Seth had been releasing clues over the past couple of weeks – the restaurant is in Boston, we would be dining family-style, and the chef, who had been featured on the cover of Stuff in the past year, is a marathoner.
The day before the dinner, our hunch that it might be Myers + Chang was proven to be right. Myers + Chang had been on my list since it opened in 2008, but for one reason or another I just hadn’t made it over there.
Glenn: I worked in a hotel for many years and formed friendships with several Chinese women. When their children married, I was invited to the wedding banquet in Chinatown. The evening would be a somewhat wild and raucous event with many courses arriving one after another. And the Mystery Meet at Myers+ Chang reminded of those good times, though without the Crown Royal. We were seated banquet-style at one long table. The food, arriving family-style, kept coming – and for the most part – coming. There were eight items in all, highlighting Joanne Chang and Matthew Barros imaginative mash-up approach to Vietnamese, Thai, and Taiwanese cuisines. I really couldn’t pick a favorite – the dishes were all so well done – though I did feast on the wok-roasted mussels and indulged in the palate-soothing tofu and broccoli chow fun.
Katrin: The beverage list is well-selected and very manageable. I jumped around a bit, starting with a glass of GV, then trying the Bittersweet Symphony, a lighter version of a Negroni, and ending with a glass of the Kung Fu Girl Riesling, which paired perfectly with foods. It would be hard to pick my absolute favorite dish of the evening. My top three would have to be the tea-smoked pork spare ribs, the wok-roasted mussels, and the chow fun.
Glenn: I began the evening with a sparkling Chenin Blanc which was lovely. And doesn’t a sparkler set the tone for the night? With my meal, I had a wonderful unfiltered chewy sake “Dreamy Clouds” which paired perfectly with the food, providing a nice foil to the more spicy dishes.
Katrin: Service was very friendly, knowledgeable about the dishes and the cocktails and sakes, and accommodating. At times, though, it was a bit uneven. At the beginning of the dinner, after all the guests had placed their drink orders, the food started to roll out. Three dishes arrived almost at the same time, quickly followed by two more. The rest of dishes were served in a more paced manner, until dessert, which took quite a while. Not that anyone was in any hurry to leave! The printed menus for the meal that were at each of our seats was a great touch and we definitely appreciated it.
Glenn: To finish off this banquet, we were presented with a selection of the six desserts on the dessert menu. All were well-executed with well-developed flavors and textures. Dessert is a restaurant’s last chance to impress the diner and these duly impressed me. Yet the highlight of the evening was meeting Joanne Chang. All evening, I had watched her expedite. With my background in pastry, I’m always interested when a pastry chef steps out of the sweet kitchen and behind the line. I hope I wasn’t too fawning in my adulation when I met her but I am impressed with her accomplishments and contributions to the Boston culinary scene.
Great company, along with this superb meal made it another smashing success for Seth and Mystery Meet. Thank you for your work in organizing it! It was great to see a few familiar faces from the previous Mystery Meet and enjoy the company of new folks. We can’t wait for the next one!