First, we each had some hot and sour soup ($4).
This is one of the best hot and sour soups I've had and definitely tastes very meaty. There are delectable pieces of tofu and chewy chunks of seitan pieces. The broth is tangy with a subtle sweetness. It has a rich "beef" flavor. The soup is the perfect way to begin the meal and it is very hearty.
Next, we had the House Special Assorted Appetizers ($9), which is also a must for every meal at Grasshopper.
This consisted of some lovely deep-fried delicacies, from fried wontons and dumplings to spring rolls. One of my favorites is the spongy vermicelli rolls that have luscious, slurpy noodles and soft pieces of tofu. It tastes a bit like licorice, but in a good way, of course. The sauces compliment each appetizer well, from the sweet plum sauce to the slightly bitter, thick bean sauce.
Next, we had the Lo-mein noodles with "beef" ($9.50).
This lo-mein is one of the best I've ever had. As a former hater of Chinese noodle dishes, I am a huge fan of Grasshopper's, as their version is not greasy and feels light in my stomach. The noodles are soft and slurpy and have a slightly doughy consistency. The vegetables are stirfried well in a light, flavorful soy sauce and are soft and easy to chew. The "beef" tastes very savory and is slightly chewy, closely resembling the real thing.
Lastly, we had one of our favorite dishes, The No Name ($12.45).
I'm guessing this dish is called "The No Name" because there is no name that describes how amazing it is. The seitan pieces were spongy on the outside and slightly chewy inside. They perfectly mimicked chicken fingers in their consistency and taste. The sauce was delectable and was both sweet and tangy and perfectly spiced. The sesame pieces added a slight bitterness and give the dish a wonderful crunch. The broccoli pieces added a wonderful saltiness to the dish.
Overall, I really enjoyed the meal. Everything was so flavorful and thankfully not greasy at all. I truly enjoy dining at Grasshopper and I always look forward to going there on my visits to Boston. With the $25 restaurant.com gift certificate, the meal only cost around $35 for four people.