3 eating places we supported this week

This procedure is a just one-female demonstrate, operate by Eliza Purvis-Lemasters, an out-of-work chef who was hunting for a way to deliver in earnings and support chaotic households through the wintertime. The result is a as soon as-a-week food services operated out of Minimal Dipper, a neighborhood cafe that is hibernating for the winter season and supporting a number of area pop-ups in the meantime.

Family Food is run just about completely as a result of Instagram, so stick to @familymealjp to see what Purvis-Lemasters has in retail outlet each individual week. She announces menus on Tuesday and you buy on the web then decide up your food stuff on Sunday amongst 2 and 4 p.m. at Minimal Dipper on Centre Street.

I lucked out ordering the 7 days she cooked an Italian feast of pasta fagioli, antipasto salad, eggplant and rooster Parmesan, rigatoni marinara, and broccoli rabe.

The meals will come neatly packed with directions on how to heat it. Most points took about 20 minutes in the oven.

The antipasto salad appeared so excellent that I could not hold out until eventually dinnertime. I ate it as an afternoon snack, then saved the relaxation of the tangy dressing for my personal salads later on in the week for the reason that it was so delightful.

The rooster Parmesan was wealthy, with substantial slabs of mozzarella cheese and loads of clean basil. The pasta was not soggy at all, and the marinara sauce was vibrant pink with a deep taste. The broccoli rabe came vivid eco-friendly and garlicky.

The genuine check of the food came not from me but from my partner, a New Jersey indigenous with large specifications for Italian foodstuff. “This is so great!” he proclaimed, then went back for seconds.

Family Food JP, operate out of Very little Dipper at 669A Centre St., Jamaica Plain, @familymealjp, www.littledipperjp.com. Appetizers and sides $10-$12 entrees $13-$30. Dinners serve 2-3 folks.

— LAURA KRANTZ, Reporter

Ghost King Thai $17 box meal at a Ghost Kitchen in Boston.
Ghost King Thai $17 box meal at a Ghost Kitchen in Boston.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff members


It introduced cheekily, mysteriously. I 1st spotted it earlier this thirty day period on the Instagram account of Jamie Bissonnette, chef and co-proprietor with Ken Oringer of Toro and other spots around city. A brown cardboard box with a sticker affixed: two fire-breathing tigers, tails linked, surrounding groovy vivid pink letters that claimed “ghost king.” Beside it was some particularly attractive fried hen with sticky rice, inexperienced papaya salad, shrimp chips, and a minimal tub of dipping sauce. I did not want to taste it to tell that the craggy rooster, glistening with chile jam and smattered with fried garlic, was spicy as heck.

Of program, I wished to style it. I wanted to style it as shortly as feasible. What was this Ghost King Thai that Bissonnette and — hmm — Oringer much too ended up submitting about? The website I was directed to was overstimulatingly shiny and flashy. The food stuff was accessible for delivery or pickup at a suspiciously acquainted South Close deal with. And I could get an order that extremely night time: A person $17 boxed meal coming right up.

The additional-crispy hen was as great as it seemed. It was not moderate. I texted a mate: “Can eyeballs sweat? I assume my eyeballs are perspiring.” I crunched shrimp chips. I drank an ice cold Singha beer I’d included to my get. I was complete, but I ate a several additional chile-slathered bites just to experience one thing. A minimal mystery, a very little endorphin hurry, and leftover fried rooster for breakfast: What is not to like?

Ghost King Thai, 1704 Washington St., South Stop, Boston, 617-536-4300, www.ghostkingthai.com. Boxed food $17 buckets of rooster $15-$60 sides $3.95-$4.75.

— DEVRA Initial, Food Author and Cafe Critic

The Indian restaurant is in Littleton.
The Indian cafe is in Littleton.Mike Saunders


For Indian food enthusiasts browsing for anything beyond the usual hen tikka masala and palak paneer, Masala Bay in Littleton is well worth the vacation. They provide some of the ideal Indian food I have had exterior of the cafe my mother owned when I was a child in New Jersey (and I’m really picky about Indian foodstuff).

The mainstays are on the menu, but chef-proprietor Parvin Gill offers dishes you really do not see each and every day, like pineapple curry ($15), naan stuffed with figs and dates ($6), and bhindi kurkori ($15), a tricky dish of okra dredged in chickpea-flour batter. A particular goat curry ($18) attributes tender pieces of pleasantly gamey meat, nonetheless on the bone, in a abundant tomato-dependent sauce redolent with ginger and garlic. Malai kofta ($16), hefty minced-vegetable dumplings, arrive bathed in cumin-and-coriander-scented product.

Rooster korma ($16) has a twist: pistachios alternatively of more-regular cashews to thicken the sauce. Lamb balti ($18) mixes morsels of lamb with slabs of bell peppers in a curry spiked with cinnamon, garam masala, and ginger. Overstuffed samosas, triangular pastry bundles crammed with potatoes ($6) or minced lamb ($7), are savory and flaky. Tandoori rooster ($22) is a minimal on the dry aspect, but the hen items are deeply spiced and scrumptious. There are vegan and gluten-free of charge alternatives readily available, and the meals can be designed mild, medium, or very hot — the vindaloo dishes start out out sizzling and seem to be to get hotter, as they should. Those people with delicate palates might want to pick out mild, then use the chile-onion chutney to incorporate heat.

Masala Bay Indian Kitchen, 501 Structure Ave., Littleton, 978-800-0059, https://masalabayik.com. Appetizers and soups $5-$12 entrees $15-$22 desserts $5-$6.

— LYLAH M. ALPHONSE, Editor, Rhode Island

Laura Krantz can be reached at [email protected]. Adhere to her on Twitter @laurakrantz. Devra Initially can be arrived at at [email protected]. Comply with her on Twitter @devrafirst. Lylah Alphonse can be achieved at [email protected]. Comply with her on Twitter @WriteEditRepeat.