My good friend Srini Devadas treated me to lunch at Royal East. This restaurant has been a fixture in the MIT neighborhood for decades. I first went there in the 80's during visits to campus. It's been consistently good over the years, well worth the several-block walk up the block in cold weather.
We shared two of my favorite dishes: sautéed string beans and garlic eggplant. Both were excellent. My string beans were well cooked but just firm enough to give a nice texture. The eggplant sauce was spicy and just a little bit sweet.