2008 BEST Restaurant, General Excellence, West
Though, as it happens, lots of perfectly useful words rhyme with his name, we decided against opening this item with an ode to Ming Tsai. Not that he hasn’t earned it: Over the past 10 years, while hosting a TV show and writing books and designing cookware, this superchef has never let his attention stray from the Wellesley restaurant that first put him on the map. A dinner at Blue Ginger today is as dynamic as it was a decade ago; the trademark East-West flavor fusion as fresh and revelatory as ever. The only changes here are the kind we applaud, as Blue Ginger completed a gorgeous renovation this spring that nearly doubled its space and added private dining rooms, a walk-in lounge, and a (bargain-priced!) bar menu.