Named for the friendship of restaurateurs Abelardo Gallego, Manuel Vazquez, and Andres Cervantes, according to Wicked Local, Three Amigos crafts a menu of familiar Mexican specialties, each tailored to taste homemade by including fresh, natural ingredients, often from local sources. Seafood dishes abound as morsels of shrimp and scallops take on traditional south-of-the-border spices in the form of chipotle, jalapeño, and poblano peppers. Meanwhile, five styles of enchiladas swim in colorful sauces including the signature mole, which RocklandNews.com calls "punchy" and "genuine" with "plenty of sweet and savory flavors." Ten types of margaritas extinguish mouth fires caused by peppery spices and attempts to install rear molars with mood lighting, and a bevy of Mexican desserts crown meals in sweetness. In the dining room, soft lights illuminate vivid orange walls emblazoned with paintings of cacti, and curtain-lined booths lavish diners with a prime listening space for live music and standup comedy.
Clad in a red cap and a white uniform, Siam First’s Chef Derm traces the surface of ginger root, lemongrass, and a chili pepper, expounding upon their health benefits on TV Diner. Ginger root is good for heartburn, and chili pepper helps digestion, he remarks, before showing his Thai twist on a New England favorite—Maine lobster.
Beneath Siam First’s gabled roof, Chef Derm and his team crank out Thai specialties that mingle local ingredients such as Maine lobster with spices and herbs imported directly from the land of smiles. Below small, hanging lights and glowing wall sconces, tables populate with duck and snapper in thai basil, mango curry, and garlic-ginger sauces. While noshing on dumplings or crab rangoon, guests can peek into Siam's giant aquarium, rife with fish, green plants, and Jacques Cousteau’s long-lost car keys.
The chefs at Peppercornz on Main share their love of Italian cuisine with the masses via an authentic menu and in-house cooking classes. Amid yellow walls and scarlet accents, diners pack away forkfuls of pumpkin ravioli or bites of porcini-mushroom ravioli in a white-wine blue-cheese cream sauce topped with scallops or shrimp. Three-hour cooking classes consist of chef-led demonstrations on how to churn pasta, make sauces, or do the splits without ripping aprons. For foursomes who’d rather dine at home, Peppercornz prepares family dinners for pickup, in addition to its catering services.
As the chefs at Gourmet Garden Restaurant prepare a sweeping variety of Asian fusion dishes, they do so with an eye toward nutrition. When they crack open the pantry, they reach for whole, natural ingredients rather than MSG or trans fats. For instance, chefs complete sushi rolls with sugar-free akai rice that contains 56 times the fiber content of regular rice or standard tissue boxes. They also accommodate dietary restrictions by eliminating gluten, oil, and sauces from select dishes.
Aside from these health-centric dishes, cooks craft traditional items such as shanghai boneless duck, sesame chicken, and grilled salmon teriyaki. Sushi chefs create maki in cooked and uncooked varieties that mimic the flavors of culinary regions such as Hawaii, Boston, and Alaska, as well as low-carb options rolled in mandolin-cut cucumber ribbons. Chefs tuck these items into a luncheon buffet on Wednesday, Thursdays, and Friday, and the restaurant adds entertainment to the equation with in-house karaoke on Saturday night.
Asia Palace introduces its guests to no shortage of options. The South Weymouth establishment's food selection features nearly 20 categories—making the menu read like a who's who of Chinese cuisine. There's the health-food section, which boasts a variety of steamed dishes, and the house specials section, which simmers with spicy creations. The house-special Dragon and Phoenix fuses two dishes into one with sizzling chunks of shrimp and chicken. The menu also includes entrees designed to share. The Pu Pu platter, for instance, lets diners sample seven distinct foods before taking leftovers home to the hungry minivan.