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BOSTON GLOBE - WHERE DISHES DESERVE TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN

This, ultimately, is why Pagu works so well. The menu tells Chang’s story. It conveys her time spent in fancy kitchens, and also outside of them. None of these dishes appears as it would in Spain, or Japan, or Taiwan. They are true to the person who made them. In a world on remix, where information and influence are transmitted in the blink of an eye, this may be the only authenticity we have left.
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BOSTON GLOBE - 11 BOSTON AREA NOODLE SHOPS TO TRY RIGHT NOW

Asia meets Spain at this Central Square restaurant, which serves everything from squid ink oyster bao to jamon iberico. But a highlight is the Guchi’s Midnight Ramen, named for the pop-up that gained chef Tracy Chang a local following among the noodle cognoscenti.
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THRILLIST - THE VERY BEST RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON RIGHT NOW

Her [Tracy Chang] global travels also result in menu surprises like the jamon and curry crab croquetas, while the a la carte and three-course lunch menus give you one more reason to ditch your sad desk salad. It's hard to resist any establishment that offers you a departing satsuma orange as a symbol of good luck.. 
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THE IMPROPER - BEST DATE NIGHT DESTINATION

Negotiating where to have dinner can be one of the more fraught aspects of dating. We like to table potential objections with a place that does Japanese and Spanish with equal brilliance. Chef Tracy Chang’s casually hip Central Square eatery reflects her passions and range.. 
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BOSTON MAGAZINE - BEST NEW RESTAURANTS 2017

"There are restaurants that bill themselves as “chef-driven,” and then there’s next-level Pagu...Tracy Chang has created a dining experience that reads like a page out of her culinary diary. " 
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MAR 10, 2017

IMPROPER BOSTONIAN - PUG BEAUTIFUL

"By the force of her personality and considerable kitchen talent, she has forged something remarkable here, yoking the bluff, noisy charms of the izakaya and taberna to some of the more refined ingredients and techniques of Japanese, Spanish and French cuisines. Amidst a restaurant scene full of lame knockoffs, sequels and retreads, PAGU feels breathtakingly fresh. 
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DEC 7, 2017

EATER BOSTON - HEATMAP JUNE 2017

The year had just begun when Pagu opened, but it crashed right onto the scene with a frontrunner for the best dish of the year: the braised pork belly bao (pickled cukes, fried shallots, peanuts). Don't miss the jet-black squid ink bao, either, stuffed full of fried oysters. Pagu is a playground that highlights the varied talents of people owner Tracy Chang has met along the years and places she has traveled and worked. 
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FEB 16, 2018

ZAGAT - HOTTEST RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON

"Chef Tracy Chang previously co-founded Guchi's Midnight Ramen, a cult favorite pop-up series that helped fuel the modern ramen craze in Boston. She revives Guchi's ramen right here, so look no further for your fix of noodles, pork belly, and a six-minute egg." 
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APR 14, 2017

OLIVE THE NOMS - PAGU

If you meet Tracy Chang, she’ll make you feel as if you’ve been dear friends with her for years because she brings a bright light to any conversation. This O Ya alum recently opened her own Japanese/Spanish restaurant in Cambridge; PAGU is actually one of my favorite spots in Boston. I love eating at the counter just so I can watch Tracy majestically carve the Jamón Ibérico. I sat down with Tracy and she made me a comforting congee with a killer chili sauce and soy marinated soft egg for breakfast. We discussed the opening of her restaurant and I got to hear all about her path.
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