583 Washington St, Wellesley, MA | Directions 0248242.295167 -71.293416
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:30 PM To 09:30 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM Saturday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Don't Believe the Hype - Awful Food! – Don't believe the hype. Fine dining is about outstanding service, and sophisticated contrasting flavors with interesting textures; there should be a "Wow!" moment during the meal.
The food at Blue Ginger was absolutely disgusting - especially for a restaurant at this price point. Most of the flavors did not meld and the dishes were poorly composed. The Asian Lacquered Poussin was so dry, it was gritty, like particle board and we had to send it back. Ming Tsai should be ashamed that this even left his kitchen. The "signature: Garlic-Black Pepper Lobster was so overly salted, you could almost feel your lips pucker; if the lobster was sweet, it was overwhelmed by salt. Our only recommendation is to avoid Blue Ginger!
great wonderful food – APPERTIZERS
Shiitake-Leek Springrolls with Three Chile Dipping Sauce were ok. A little on the salty side.
Ming?s Tea-Smoked Salmon & Beef Carpaccio with Fresh Wasabi Emulsion was delicious.
Hawaiian Bigeye Tuna Poke with Crispy Sushi Rice Cake & Peppercress-Tosaka Salad (Ming's version of tuna tartare). That was the best appetizer of all. Everyone ate it up & wanted more.
Sake-Miso Marinated Alaskan Butterfish - much smaller in portion than the others but was a very light, tasty fish.
Japanese Braised Pork Osso Bucco with Pickled Kabocha Squash Risotto - meat was very tender & flavorful.
New Zealand rRack of Organic Lamb with Roasted Garlic Demi-Glace - was good & didn't retain all of its usual gamey flavors.
Garlic-Black Pepper Lobster with Lemongrass Fried Rice - salad came w/ a perfect lemongrass dressing. The salad was amazing in flavor. The Fried Rice was good but was a little salty w/ the sauce it came on.
Bittersweet Chocolate Cake w/ Cardamom ice cream - I don't enjoy Cardamom too much but it was a decent dessert overall.
Sesame Macadamia Caramel Nut Tart - this was absolutely wonderful. The tastes & flavors all came together.
Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee and Cookies - it was not overly sweet which is a plus. It was nice & smooth in texture. A very nice treat to the end of the meal.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Napolean was light & beautifully presented.
OVERALL, a great experience. We met Ming before dinner & he took a picture w/ us. He also chatted w/ us & recommened other places to eat in the Boston area. He was very nice & personable. I would definitely come back again for another special occassion event. Only gripe was that We had 8:45pm reservations but didn't get seated until 15-20 minutes afterwards, but the food more than made up for that.
My favorite restaurant in the world, literally. – Now that the restaurant is virtually twice its original size (as of 5/10/08), the restaurant will undoubtedly be noisier. However, most of the new space is located in the bar area and private dining areas. When I went to the re-opening last weekend, it was my third visit to Blue Ginger. I just have to say that all three times I have been there have been in my top ten dining experiences ever. I would first like to proclaim myself as an aspiring foodie, and have dined at some the finest restaurants in Paris, Venice, New York and Boston. That being said, Blue ginger has my absolute favorite tuna tartar. They use good quality tuna precisely cut, well flavored with citrus, and served on a unique and flavorful crispy rice cake. Boston's own Radius used to rival Blue Ginger's tartar, until I went and the tuna pieces were all still connected to each other by a string of fat. The foie gras dumplings are amazing, mild yet flavorful. I would also highly recommend the spring rolls, and even the panko-crusted buffalo shrimp (I bet you have never had a celery fry before). As all the other reviews state, the butterfish really is amazing. It literally melts in your mouth and is well marinated, yet still manages to retain some of the fish's flavor. More often than not, mild fish like this can be easily overpowered by sauces and seasoning, in which case why spend $38 dollars when you can just drink a bottle of teriyaki sauce for two dollars. The lamb is great. I once had a steak dish that has since been changed, but just goes to show that they can cook and season meat well. Every dish I have had was above average. The service is far above par, although the water guy wouldn't allow the water in my glass to go below the rim. Running out of space so: Great food and service; worth the price. May even get to meet the chef, who is a really nice guy.
Fabulous lunch experience. – After watching Ming for years on East Meets West and Simply Ming, I couldn't resist a field trip out to Wellesley on my first trip to Boston. My local hosts and I drove out about 30 minutes on a rainy Friday afternoon for lunch and found the restaurant not too crowded at all. Our waiter was very nice and responsive. This was probably due to the fact that, as I turned my head halfway through our meal, I spied Ming Tsai chatting up a table of lunching grannies. We started with the crispy calamari, which came with a delicious thai dipping sauce, and ordered the wok-stirred paella, schezuan pepper cheeseburger, and indonesian curry vegetables. We also ordered the fresh ginger ale, which was really good. It was the perfect balance of ginger, sweetness and carbonation. Definitely had to refill. All three dishes were very flavorful and the fusion flavors mixed blended together very well. I think the winner was the cheeseburger out of the 3 dishes. The roquefort cheese and pepper classed it up and made it really tasty. We even got Ming to stop by and chat a bit and take a picture. He is really the nicest guy. So the review may be biased by the latter experience, but I do think the food, while not being the best meal ever, was pretty darn good. Better than my experieces with Oliver and Collichio by far. We got away with an $80 bill for 3, which I think is pretty reasonable, and leftovers to satisfy another meal. Wish we had room for dessert. Try the restaurant for a weekday lunch to save $$ and waiting. I would definitely make another visit.
Great Food – Everything was outstanding. We went on a Friday (march 7, 2008) night and from the hostess to what I believe was the manager both were friendly and attentive.. Our waiter was fast and friendly... We enjoyed the Tuna app. the flavors where all exciting even the bitter green puree that went with it balanced out the sweetness and richness of the raw tuna and sweet vin (i assume) it was tossed with along with the spicy crunchy sushi rice cake was perfect blend of diffrent flavors and hot and cold.... The Butterfish my wife enjoyed; quote "melted in her mouth" and she loved the idea of the vegetarian "sushi" roll that accopanied and tasted just like real sushi specially with the soy and wasabi sauces included.. I did not have the whole dish, but again I loved the idea of hot grilled sweet fish with the spicy wasabi sauce served with the cold wakami seaweed salad... I sucked it up and got the lobster though expensive (where isnt it now). But wow the spicy and richness of the sauce was AMAZING!!!! and was amazing with the sweet lobster meat and as my waiter explained the "fried rice" served with it was cooked with the extra lobster meat and lemongrass and was incredable mixing with the sauce... My one or two drawbacks are the dining room is yes small and crowded, bland, and my lobster was small (pound and a half) they said. but the open kitchen was fun too watch specially being a foodie, and the preperation of the lobster was unique and flavorful.. Yes the price is up there but if you really enjoy food and undertand what Chef Tsai is doing its worth the treat!!
Overpriced and overrated – Don't be misguided by the celebrity Chef Ming Tsai. I should not have set high expectations from them. It is supposed to be a fusion of eastern and western food. However, it get neither right. The food, although with good presentation (looks delicious), the taste and texture of the food is horrible (at least based on what I ordered), no better than a dirt-cheap Chinese takeout.
Celebrity chef's flagship restaurant sees East meet MetroWest with a precise fusion of flavors, artistic presentation and knowing service. – The Scene
Fans of Ming Tsai's television shows and product lines flock to quiet Wellesley Center hoping to catch a glimpse of the star at work in the restaurant's colorful open kitchen. Eager, well-informed servers deliver certain dishes with the chef's instructions (e.g. wrap the shiitake-leek spring rolls in lettuce before dipping in the chile sauce). Warm woods and soft lighting make both the lounge and dining areas inviting and pleasant.
Blue Ginger supplies a master lesson in the subtleties of Asian-European fusion. Ethereal shumai--stuffed with foie gras and shitake mushrooms--benefit from a subtle sauternes-shallot broth, while tea-smoked salmon and beef carpaccio catch some zing from a fresh wasabi emulsion. Tsai's signature entrée features a divinely oily fish like black cod or butterfish, marinated overnight in sake and miso. Exceptional desserts like caramelized pineapple upside-down cake and sesame-pecan-caramel tart feature wild homemade ice creams (roasted banana, fennel-vanilla, cardamom).
Expected better – Perhaps we ordered the wrong things or because we had a late dinner reservation, but Blue Ginger was good, but not incredible. Having lived in the area for the past 4 years, I finally got a chance to go out to wellesley and have dinner at the much-hyped Blue Ginger. Having heard from friends who had delightful experiences a few years back, I expected much the same. We did get seated very promptly (not much a fan of the decor, but it seems to fit the restaurant somehow) and our server was good. Our appetizers, jumbo tempura shrimp and a shrimp? spring roll of sorts were okay and my girlfriend's dish, a curry noodle dish had excellent coconut battered shrimp, but tasted more like something we could find at a semi-decent thai restaurant. However, the bright spot was my dish, the Alaskan Butterfish served on a bed of seaweed salad and wasabi oil, etc...it was amazing!!! If anything, I would go back for this dish alone (minus the not so tasty soba noodle sushi rolls served with it)!!! Overall, Blue Ginger is packed and still so popular and I have no doubt that it has amazing food, I'd like to give it another try and order some new things. Having heard stories passed on from others about Ming Tsai showing up for a bar mitzvah party, etc...it still makes me think Blue Ginger is a great restaurant in Wellesley and definitely worth the visit out of boston, if not only for the food, but the charming town it's located in!
Not Worth Your While (or Money) – My wife and I were expecting a nicer place, higher quality service, and better food than what we found. Expect to be uncomfortable if you arrive early - the "waiting area" has rather uncomfortable seating and is right near the main entrance. Our server was rather disinterested in her work, though did fine with the basics. The calamari was decent - nothing special. The lamb I had was good, though the Shanghai noodle cake was dry and burnt. My wife's shrimp dish suffered from an excess of lime that overpowered everything else on her plate. For what yuo get, this is ridiculously overpriced.
A Very Pleasant Evening – From the professional greeting at the door, to crisp professional service, to great food and an interesting well chosen wine list dining at Blue Ginger was a joy. We were early for our reservation but still seated promptly. Our appetizers and entrees, perfectly cooked and seasoned duck breast, were wonderful and the service just right during the entire meal. I have a great deal of difficulty understanding how I could have dinned at the same restaurant that some of the recent reviewers here have described. Ive never been disappointed at Blue Ginger and will be back again soon.
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