Mei Mei

By Amy Fukuizumi · 11/18/2016    Fenway · Asian Fusion · $$

What’s simple, sweet, and full of love? Everything Mei Mei does.

From food truck to fast-casual restaurant, the three siblings behind Mei Mei have infused their ventures with respect for the environment, love of local business, and depth of culture. And lucky for us, they’ve chosen to do it all right here in Boston.

Interior of Mei Mei

Opened just over a year after the debut of their much-lauded (but now-shuttered) food truck, Mei Mei’s brick-and-mortar spot serves up the same creative Chinese-American goodness as ever—but with the added bonus of tables, chairs, and a stationary kitchen (used for the restaurant and also periodic cooking classes and events).

The dining room could be described as modern farmhouse minimalist—exposed brick, wood grain, chalkboard art, yellow and silver metal chairs—with all the personal touches of a food-lover’s happy place: shelves of cookbooks, sprouting veggie plants, and of course that bright, shiny, open cooking space. It’s a place you walk in and want to stay.

Cucumber salad from Mei Mei

The counter-service spot is warm and welcoming, with a menu of small plates and scallion pancake sandwiches that satisfies whether it’s lunch or dinner. In fact, you might be tempted to stay all day—and we don’t discourage it. No matter the meal, you’ll find classic Asian dishes and flavors served with Mei Mei’s playful, contemporary flair.

Moral of the story: Go soon, go often, just go—or face the ultimate foodie FOMO.

The double awesome from Mei Mei

All plates are smaller and best shared tapas-style. Four to five items are recommended, a combination of selections from the classic and new sides of the menu, for two people.

It’s a great spot for meat eaters and vegetarians alike; Mei Mei’s menus prominently offer veggies, tofu, and many meatless dishes.

Order five days ahead of time for a family-style dinner: A pig’s head that feeds four to six people, or a pork shoulder smorgasbord that fills up six to 10.

Must Haves

  • Wrapped in a lightly crisp, perfectly chewy scallion pancake, two soft and runny eggs fulfill their destiny surrounded by oozy cheddar and pesto (and pasture-raised ham, turkey, or cottage bacon if you want it).

  • Just bigger than bite-sized, these morsels packed with a number of seasonal fillings (veggies, meats, herbs, cheeses) are patiently waiting to blow your mind.

  • Sweet cornbread meets cake donut hole, paired with a house-made maple dipping sauce.

Fun Fact

“Mei mei” (pronounced "may-may") means little sister in Chinese.

Tastes of Mei Mei

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