Sometimes, packing a bagged lunch full of leftovers gets old, and battling the crowds in the workplace cafeteria isn’t all that appealing. So I decided to visit Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA, for a weekday lunch, to changes things up.
The restaurant is very large – upon entering, you see an open kitchen, followed by a dining room. At the front of the restaurant is a long bar facing a row of high tops lined by a booth, along the windows. Along the hallway to the restrooms are three sets of large doors opening into a large private dining room that would be great for parties.
We started with the calamari, which consisted mostly of rings – good for those who don’t like the tentacly parts. It was lightly battered with a hint of cumin, served with a lemongrass dipping vinaigrette with green onions.
Both my boyfriend and I ordered the burger, medium-well. Mine was exactly that; his came out more like well done, though still yummy. The house-made bun with a shiny top reminded me of Chinese bakery buns. The juicy patty sat on bed of diced tomatoes and purple cabbage. It was topped with crispy fried onions and a bit of wasabi mayo. Instead of cheese, there were Parmesan crisps with shiitake mushrooms to give a flavourful crunch. I appreciated the unique idea, but found the crisps a little thick and the choice of Parmesan a bit strong and perhaps not the best complement to a burger with a supposed Asian twist. I did enjoy the tangy and slightly peppery slaw.
The burger typically comes with taro chips. My boyfriend asked to substitute his for sweet potato fries and they ended up making the change for both our burgers. I didn’t want to bother asking for my taro chips back, though I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t get to try them. In any case, the sweet potato fries were absolutely perfect – some of the best I’ve ever had.
Service was terrific – our waitress was very polite. She checked on us just the right amount and made sure our water glasses were never empty. All in all, we had a very satisfying weekday lunch!
Info: Blue Ginger, 583 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482, USA