We eat at Blue Ginger about twice a year for special occasions. We go primarily because it is close and -compared to Biston - easy to park.It is overpriced but the food is perfectly OK while not outstanding. It is well presented and the staff is usually pretty good.
We ate this time in the ?new big room which is pretty bad. There were only three other tables occupied when we came in. You feel like you are dining in an institutional cafeteria. Only tables, minimal decorations, pretty bare walls. Despite the fairly attentive service, you felt like you were in a backwater of the restaurant.In the future I will requst the older, "main" room.
Excellent breads, absolutely delicious smoked salmon and beef carpaccio, and the lamb rack was terrific. My wife loved her lobster and my son said the caeser salad was outstanding. The dessert was unbelievable - a kind of chocolate fudge cake (flourless) with a light marshmallow and cardamom ice cream on top, covered in chocolate sauce. The cake was amazing - the texture was so light yet substantial, possibly the best such dessert I've ever had. It's a terrific restaurant, albeit expensive, and the owner/chef was careful to come by and check that we were satisfied. Altogether a wonderful dinig experience.
Blue Ginger is located on a quiet street near Wellesley's town centre. The interior decor is spacious, modern, with superb ambiant lighting. The dark wood wall panels and tables gives a very warm feel. Even the place was fully booked, the noise was low, the service is attentive and prompt, simply par excellence.
The true gem is the innnovative East/West fusion food. There are numerous alleged East/West fusion restaurant in NYC and Boston area, but none come close to the near perfect chemistry achieved by Ming. Each ingredient is there to make a great tasting experience, not to dress it up to look like some exotic fusion dish.
The wine selection is among the very best. Early reservation is a must.
Food was outstanding as always.
The food tastes great. Service was below average. Yes, below average. We sat around waiting for the main dish after the appetizer for almost 30 minutes. The waitress lacked social skills and basic host qualities. When my fillet finally showed up, the asparagus on the side was literally cold--not kind of warm--just cold. That is not acceptable for a restaurant which claims to be on top of its game and charges accordingly.
We had a memorable Mother's Day meal - great food, great service, in a pleasant environment.
Not our best dining experience at Blue Ginger. Because it was so busy for Mother's Day brunch, that we were seated in the banquet room, which doesn't have the same ambiance as the main dining room. The service would have been perfect if it was just me and my husband, but with a 2 year old in tow, it was too slow. The sticky buns were amazing; but one salad did not come as ordered and we didn't have time to send it back. We were given dessert to go, which was a nice touch. We will definitely be back, but for dinner and without the kid!
The best food in greater Boston
I understand why the grilled Alaskan butterfish is the chef's specialty. It melted in my mouth. The vegetable sushi was superb. Each course was a special treat and well worth the trip from Maryland to Wellesley in fulfillment of my husband's birthday wish.
Oh, unfortunately, we were very disappointed. Having dined there years ago, we had been wanting to go back, but this certainly will be our last time. I ordered their specialty--the butterfish which was the size of a deck of cards. There were no vegetables included, only noodle(!)and brown rice sushi. The butterfish was overly marinated and salty. The Indonesian shrimp dish was also much too heavy on the lemon grass.
The food at Blue Ginger is outstanding. I always get the butter fish. It melts in your mouth. I would highly recommend it.
The food was incredible and having Ming Tsai stop by to ask how we enjoyed our meal was the icing on the cake. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant. I only wish that this restaurant was in New York so I could go more often!
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Blue Ginger. As soon as I entered and saw the open kitchen and the chef and his sous-chefs working together with calm but dedicated attitudes I said to my husband: " This is going to be a cool experience." and it was.
Every bite of the food was brilliant and memorable.
We went with friends for a special occasion and ordered the "tasting menu" which was simply divine. Unparallelled in terms of flavor, creativity and presentation.
It is always a pleasure and a treat to dine at Blue Ginger. I have come to your restaurant in Wellesley several time since the opening of the restaurant. The food is absolutely great. I have noticed however, that service has become a bit rushed. I was hoping to spend a longer and more relaxed evening, but dishes were served without much space in between, and what I find also of total lack of style, to receive the check after the last bite, signaling to empty the table and move out, even when there are no guests waiting to be seated and there are other empty tables for incoming guests.
Dinner with friends is a rare moment of sharing, to be rushed throught dinner, makes that special occasion, just another rushed moment of our life.
The food here is phenomenal and worth every cent. You will never have a bad meal at Blue Ginger, and the service is fantastic.
Fantastic food, we just love the butterfish
I've been here several times over the years, but not in awhile. My husband and I were both disappointed with our meals. They were very average and, in the case, of an appetizer not very good at all. The service was terrific, however. Not going back any time soon.
Blue Ginger was, as usual, outstanding on all fronts. We enjoyed a great lunch in the bar - from their new "noodle bar" menu. Outstanding "Superfruit Cooler" drink too, one of the many creative cocktail selections on their drink menu. Perfect.
We wisely requested a quiet spot.
I would return bec the food is fantastic...but the noise is really a problem
The food and drinks were amazing, although the seating is a little too close. Luckily we went on a Sunday. I think a Friday or Saturday night would have changed the entire atmosphere for the worse.
The butter fish was excellent, as was the green tea tasting dessert. Though, my friend had the hanger steak and it was drowned in sauce.
Reservation was on time; staff recommendations were excellent; Ming Sai stopped by tables to see how we liked the food. Dessert was fabulous - all-in-all a wonder ful experience
Our dining experiance was outstanding, the wait staff was superb and the food was out of this world. Can not say enough about the entire experiance.
Tuna poke appetizer was delicious, calamari unremarkable. Entrees were the perfect portion, but not generous. We had butterfish and 3 vinegar shrimp - both really tastey. Dessert was great! The service was excellent - we were not rushed. Biggest issue was the woman at the next table with the obnoxious blackberry. It rang or chimed and she was a loud talker to the point where I thought SOMEONE from management should have addressed it. We hinted to the server, but she didn't seem to pick up on it...
Drinks were expensive (2 beers were 17.98?). Overall, a good special occasion spot...
We really enjoyed our meals. The different flavors blended together well and none were over powering. Happy to go to the restaurant again.
Not only was the food impeccable but our waitress, Becca, was awesome. She tended to all our needs and when I asked her any question, she was knowledgeable about the menu or found out quickly what I wanted to know. At the end of the evening, when I asked a question about one of the desserts, she went as far as to get us another sample of the dessert and it made the night even better. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone and would especially recommend Becca as a server.
Great as usual. Standbys plus several new entrees continue to make it attractive and refreshing.
The food tasted good, but not for the price. My boyfriend and I went for his birthday any he got the lobster, which was 41$. Lobster is about $6 a pound retail, so the food cost wad probably only $9 (it was served with rice and pea tenfold in a musk butter -so nothing extravagant on the plate, making it overpriced by $10 dollars, or 25%. It also seemed like the staff were confused. The hostess didn't remember who we were when our table was finally ready (we waited 18 minutes for it & we had a reservation. She also tried to seat a party at a table which had just been sat by another hostess and wait tried to seat tables which hadn't been sat yet. Waitress thought we were clueleshw s Waitress assumed we were clueless as it was 1st time ther
Blue Ginger was a 'must try' in my book. Well, I tried it. Can't say I was overly impressed. It didn't live up to it's reputation.
-Seating at Blue Ginger is crammed. For a place where entrees mostly range in the $30+ price point you shouldn't be sitting in the laps people at table next to you.
-Food was well executed and used fresh ingredients, but I felt the lamb entree was way too complicated and over seasoned. Fois Gras dumplings were bland. Caesar was dissapointing.
-Our waitress, while knowledgeable, was cold as a cucumber and aloof at times.
Overall - I've had meals that were twice as good for 1/2 the price elsewhere. The hype about Blue Ginger is just that. I wouldn't recommend anyone spend $200 for two people there.
The Blue Ginger, owned by Ming Tsai. Definitely a destination for foodies. We had a party of 8. We were seated immediately. The Alaskan Butterfish was fabulous; it was probably the best piece of fish I have ever eaten. Everyone in our group was very pleased.
Over-crowded, over-priced, and over-sauced.
Over-crowded: The tables were so close together, the party at the next table was intently listening in on our conversation. The table on the other side, the part left because it was just too crowded. The tables were uncomfortably spaced ... way too close.
Over-priced: We found entrees to be about $7 - $10 high, given comparables.
Over-sauced: Sauces seem too thick and domineering.
We were frankly disappointed. We had not been here in several years, and I am afraid we won't be back.
This was my first visit to the Blue Ginger. I re-connected with an old school friend whom I hadn't seen in 40 years, we took a long time before we even opened the menu, the waiter was perfect. checking on our need for drinks or appetizers without rushing us. The drinks were good the luncheon choices were. interesting and quite nice. I would go again.
I wanted a special place for my wife's birthday so we chose Blue Ginger. Our evening was a contrast of great moments but with mixed service. The food was delicious, our waitress was sublime in her special attention but the evening wasn't perfect. We were seated near the front where it was noisy but were told the table next to us would remain open. Unfortunately, a couple was seated 15 minutes later (nothing we could do by then). I had asked through open table for a candle on my wife's first course. That message didn't get through so I had to ask the waitress again later. So great food, great waitress but lousy front reception desk due to missing my request and deceiving us into staying at the noisier location.
Blue Ginger continues to be a special occassion destination for my wife and I. The food is lawys perfect and the service always impeccable.
Something has changed. Last time we dined here was Aug-09. Both our meals were unbelievable. The type of meals that you just can't wait to come back. This time around, our meals were just okay. Something was missing. Nothing made our socks go up and down like last time. Next time we are going out for a special occasion, Blue Ginger will be a lot lower on the list.
This was my second visit to Blue Ginger. The first-time experience was excellent, so perhaps I had built up too much expectation. Overall, the food was good, but some of them was overly salty and not really spectacular. The service was great.
Food has gotten a little sloppy in preparation and presentation and overseasoned with conflicting flavors. Appetizers are very good, entress okay. Dinner menu too pricey for the experience.
Superb meal, my poke appetizer is one of the best things I ever ate.