Headed out to Malden on Saturday. Went to the Piantedosi Outlet for some bread, which was fun. I dunno just how great the bread is as I haven’t dug into it yet, but this place is cool–lots of bread options and you get to buy them in a space that smells great (well, duh, they’re baking bread. even the Wonder Bread factory in Natick when I was a kid smelled great) and where the sub rolls are rolling through the factory lines over your head. Scali bread etc looks at least reasonably promising. Fresh at least.
The idea after this was to try out the breakfast options at the new outpost ofGolden Garden in Malden. But: be warned! Though both the menu and the door sign say that they serve breakfast 10 to 3, they were locked up tight as a drum at 10: 15 Am. Not sure what’s up with that. Will try to scope this out later at another time to report back, I think the menu looks really good.
Had to drown my sorrow at Hmart with a kimchi croquette bun thing from Tous le Jours, which was pretty good. After shopping here and the Market Basket (side note: the liquor store in this plaza is also really high quality, Burlington Wine & Spirits. Great selection + well priced, lovely owners). After that, we headed for the buffet lunch at the South Indian franchise place Godavari in Woburn.
Pretty impressed here. The place was JAMMED at 1 pm Sat. Food at the buffet was really good, lots of options and everything I tried was really well spiced and flavorful. Good goat curry, juicy chicken dishes, some great rice and veg. dishes, really amazing soya chili. That was probably the thing I liked best, it had a really nice texture and was good and spicy. Breads are OK, maybe not a strong point. In general I loved the food, and while it was a little chaotic in there on a Saturday lunch time it was all handled great by the staff and I’d love to go back for a dinner sometime and order off the menu.
Overall, I have loved my trips to Burlington/Woburn for Indian food of late. Happy that there’s some stuff out there these days that isn’t just the standard sort of Indian fare via Punjab. I’m a lot less schooled in the varying cuisines of India than I am from a lot of other places, so it’s great to have a Southern Indian place around. Also I eally need to check out that Indian bakery in Woburn, the one that is near Gene’s–if anyone has been there, please let me know what’s good!