I am in love with Myers + Chang. Everything about this place is great, the space, the vibe, the service and the food. I was so happy I found this restaurant in the South End neighborhood while I was in Boston for the 4th of July. Myers + Chang is a casual diner with a fashionable edge serving up the chef’s take on Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes.
This place is popular so reservations are recommended (in fact they won Best Neighborhood Restaurant and the chef Joanne Chang was nominated for James Beard, Best Chef). We did not have reservations and were told we could sit on the patio which was this cute little 14 seat oasis surrounded by floating pots of herbs.
To take an actual inside look of Myers + Chang, check out the video I made!
The dishes are shared and served as they come out from the kitchen. I like this style as you can enjoy one dish at a time and I’m not sure I could have handled the culinary genius of all five dishes we ordered at once. First up, Tiger Tears which had grilled steak, Thai basil, lime and khao koor. The menu lists every item with its level of hot and spicy, the Tiger Tears is rated the highest and it was perfectly spicy without being painful spicy. It was a very clean tasting dish full of basil, cilantro and mint (my three favorite herbs!). All the flavors and textures were perfect and I could have eaten about three of these.
We wanted to see how the Thai ginger chicken salad compared to what we had in Thailand and were not disappointed. The chicken was juicy and seasoned well with the right amount of lemongrass, rice vermicelli and butter lettuce. Again, another great dish with amazing flavors.
Could dish #3 be as good? Yes, yes it was. The wok-charred octopus and grilled corn with siracha butter and spring onions was so unique in flavor combination and texture. I haven’t had anything like it in a long time and it was a treat to taste something new.
This was the point in dinner when you are legitimately full but you love the food so much you can’t stop eating. We decided to go for broke and get the tea-smoked pork spare ribs. I mean we were on vacation…
Wow is all I can say. This was an amazing dish with the richness of the ribs complimented by the tartness of the kimchi-like salad and topped off with mustard and sour cream sauce that was good enough to eat along by the spoonful.
Dish #5 was the tamarind glazed pan-roasted hake with Vietnamese mint, jicama and grapefruit salad. Pairing the tamarind flavoring with the grapefruit was genius and another huge flavor packed dished that made me smile.
I definitely over served myself but it was worth it to be continually impressed dish after dish. Every single dish was perfect and unique in its own right that I can’t even say which was my favorite dish. If I am ever in Boston again you will find me here.
Oh yes, I did enjoy the Pineapple Express: pineapple-infused vodka, thai basil. At this point I don’t even need to tell you how good it was.