My son and I got a smallish takeout order from Aries last night while my husband was out for the evening. I got the hand-pulled noodles with beef and pan-fried pork dumplings. My son got the Chinese crepe with egg and the tofu skins with braised leeks. We both enjoyed our meals quite a bit, although we don’t have any expertise with the cuisine.
The noodles and beef were packaged separately from the broth and generously sprinkled with cilantro. The beef was very thinly sliced and tender and the broth was flavorful with five spice and a nice level of saltiness. I sort of expected the hand-pulled noodles to be flat but these were rounded like spaghetti and fairly soft. There was lots of broth left over and I managed to eat the whole serving. There were oblong dumplings and they were delicious and still slightly crispy on one side despite the ride home. We both really enjoyed the crepe with egg (and extra egg was $1. It was really flavorful and the interior had some crispy bits for texture an a bit of heat. It was a hearty vegetarian dish and is also available with beef. The tofu skins with leeks were also quite good and served with good steamed rice.
Service was efficiently pleasant, and the meal took about twenty minutes to come out. A bonus is that there is a small city lot adjacent to the restaurant at the corner of Church and Main. The restaurant was probably a third full at 6:30 pm. It doesn’t appear that they have a beer and wine license.
All in all, I think this is a positive addition to the Waltham scene. We’ll go back.