Ryan Sutton thinks most people go to Macao Trading Co. for the scenery, not the food: The place is basically a tarted-up takeout joint, which is to say the choices are endless and pointless. [Bloomberg]
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Skip the fish at Buttermilk Channel, advises Danyelle Freeman, but enjoy the rest of the menu: This is where you see the subtlety of making familiar foods with superior ingredients and a little imagination. [NYDN]
Related: A Closer Look at Buttermilk Channel
Alan Richman calls the food at Vinegar Hill House uneven, but that doesnt make it a bad place for dinner. Inasmuch as there is no other restaurant in Vinegar Hill, he writes, locals might be grateful enough for its presence to fill it up. [Forked/GQ]
Out in Elmhurst, Robert Sietsema swoons over Ayada: "I'd just returned, at least figuratively, to Thailand's glittering capital and been amazed at the variety and richness of the cooking." [VV]