May 17, 2011 Vapiano
I saw Vapiano featured on Chronicle. It’s this “new way to dine”. Order what you want from stations where they make your order fresh, right in front of you and then tap your card on the sensor. The card records the things that you ordered and on your way out, you pay the tab. It sort of reminded me of Marche, the three floor restaurant that used to be in the Prudential Mall.
They even have a large tree in the middle of the restaurant. It was pretty crowded for a weekday night-there were a lot of families eating here because the price is right-Vapiano also has a $5.95 lunch special menu.
Per usual, I order the bolognese. The pasta was tasty, and the portions were pretty generous….however, it was the most odd twist on bolognese I had ever seen. They put in shredded carrots and cherry tomatoes with their ground meat-it was a little weird but tasted good. Our order came with a side of bread-thankfully, because we used the bread from our entree to compensate for the lack of bread with the antipasto.
The food was average and priced around $10 a dish, we left paying $53 for three people. There were a lot of families with young children eating there, a few people just hanging out at the bar and a bunch of students. A great place to go if you want a change from burritos, pizza and burgers. The restaurant is self serve-you find your own table, first come first serve, you set your own table, get your own drinks, but there are servers there to take away your empty plates at the end of your meal.
191 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116