The Mo and I haven't been to Moonstones
since we had a celebratory dinner
a couple years ago. Don't get me wrong, I do like the place but we just haven't had a chance to go back. Since the both of us coincidentally ditched our evening workouts tonight and the weather was nice out, we headed to Moonstones for dinner.
Parking was a bit tough since the restaurant is located near a business hotel and there was some spillover. There was also a special private event being held at the restaurant as well.
|Moonstones Chelmsford 110|
There are two areas for outdoor dining, one one the right with sofas and coffee tables and one on the left composed of dining patio tables and chairs; we went with the later. There was only one other table occupying the area.
|Moonstones Chelmsford Outside Patio|
We didn't want a huge meal so we ordered snacks and small plates from the tapas menu. While we looked over the menu, a naan-like bread appetizer arrived for the table next door. I inquired about the intriguing dish to the waitress and advised that it was a special and the last order due to the private party. I was bummed
. The flatbread pizza resembled the naan flat bread so we opted for the barbacoa pork with tomatillo and arugula.
|Moonstones Chelmsford Barbacoa Pork Arugula Flat Bread $ 12.00|
The flat bread was amazing! It tasted even better than the ones at Seasons 52
! The pork was tender and bursted with flavor. I loved the sweet peppers and pickled tomatillo. I would definitely recommend it and order it again.
The Korean pork belly lettuce wrapped looked succulent and amazing. Too bad the cut of pork was all fat. I know what pork belly is, I eat it all the time, it's supposed to be like a thick bacon with layers of fat and meat. In this case, it was almost all fat and a tiny layer of pork protein. It wasn't our favorite which is too bad because the seasoning was just right.
|Moonstones Chelmsford Korean Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps $ 9.00|
We got a side order of Pork Belly fried rice to continue with the fatty pig fatty theme. The portion was very generous for a $ 5.00 side dish. It could have been served as it's own separate meal. Although the rice dish was a little heavy on the ginger flavor, it was pretty tasty with the sriracha sauce we asked for on the side.
|Moonstones Pork Belly fried Rice $ 5.00|
The Mo loved the hoison duck sliders on soft Chinese steamed buns. The flavors blended wonderfully and I loved the Vietnamese "banh mi inspired" veggies that topped the mini sandwiches. I thought they tasted great also, now I'm going to try to make them at home.
|Moonstones Chelmsford Hoison Duck Sliders on steamed buns $ 13.00|
During our last visit, we sampled the house chips. The Mo remembered it so vividly and we had to get an order of the BBQ potato chips. They were dangerous. I had to stop myself from grabbing more. Needless to say, the Mo polished them off.
|Moonstones Chelmsford BBQ Potato Chips|
The food was great and the service was wonderful.