The Boston Globe called Super Fusion “A Flash of the Unexpected” for a reason. While the menu doesn't overlook typical sushi choices, the chefs' real creativity shines through in such specialty rolls as dragon maki with sweet potato and eel or sake papaya maki with fried papaya and cream cheese. Among the more than 100 dishes, there is also a menu section devoted to entirely to salmon, which is crusted with king crab, grilled with black Tobiko, or wrapped in rice paper with fresh papaya, asparagus, and cucumber. To wash down the creative eats, the restaurant offers beer, wine, and sake, while those who abstain can opt for green tea or simply request that their soup be served with a straw.
Kamiza Sushi's chefs have dreamt up more than 50 creative maki rolls to fill an expansive menu of fresh seafood and hot Japanese cuisine. In the kitchen, nimble hands sprinkle multicolored roe atop a Color Mountain maki plump with shrimp tempura and king crab ($13.95), and bundle sweet potato and cream cheese to create a Fire maki that showcases spicy crab and roe baked with cheese ($9.25). Chopsticks forage for spicy lobster morsels in a salad decked with apple, avocado, and cucumber ($9.99) before wandering onto other tables to gather rolls for their growing stockpile. Dining partners can pick favorites from sashimi deluxe platters ($27.95), with one tasting slivers of king salmon, super white tuna, and whitefish as the other nibbles shrimp tempura or tuna maki and dunks donuts hidden inside coat pockets into bowls of miso soup. Lunch specials ($9.99–$13.99) pair soup and salad with hearty dishes, such as soba-noodle soup or teriyaki beef, to lure diners at midday.
For more than 15 years, Dragon Star has lit up the Chinese food scene in Brookline. The staff has built an extensive menu with more than 160 selections, including chop suey, eggplant with oyster sauce, beef in black-bean sauce, and a quintet of egg foo youngs. But starring among their many traditional dishes are Dragon Star’s specialties. Slices of duck served Mandarin-style are sautéed with pea pods, water chesnuts, and bamboo, and the flavors in the Happy Family dish—jumbo shrimp, chicken, scallops, beef, and pork—work together so harmoniously they often burst into renditions of “The Brady Bunch.” Regardless of the lunch or dinner entrée chosen, guests can rest assured that the staff has prepared it as healthily as possible: they use fresh and natural ingredients and constantly seek out new cooking methods to get the most from their nutritional content.
The chefs at Café Nicholas adorn pizzas with one of three sauces before adding a heaping handful of toppings chosen from more than 30 options. Within the pizzeria's art deco-inspired walls, guests dig into 35 types of sandwiches, homemade pastas, and pizzas crowned with traditional and unique ingredients such as prosciutto, shrimp, and eggplant. For diners with gluten allergies, the cooks can substitute gluten-free crust for any of their pizzas. They also cater to low-fat tastes by serving up salads with low-cal dressings, frying appetizers in cholesterol-free canola oil, and pouring unlimited glasses of calorie-free water.
Vernissage Restaurant evokes the baroque splendor of 19th-century St. Petersburg with an elegant dining room and rich Eastern European cuisine. Tables can share appetizers of caviar and smoked fish before hearty entrees of beef stroganoff made with organic wheat noodles, herb-butter chicken Kiev, or grilled quail. Warm light from twinkling chandeliers filters through wine glasses and creates an air of class and sophistication, inviting diners to imagine themselves as Romanov rulers or people who read War and Peace all the way through. Though the décor and dishes showcase traditional Slavic influences, live jazz and salsa nights speak to a contemporary New-World flair.
Richies provides hearty helpings of handmade Italian cuisine crafted using fresh market ingredients and premium Boars Head meats and cheeses. Specialty sandwiches such as the chicken parmesan are built on a foundation of house-made focaccia ($5.99), while the baked veggie lasagna is an immovable feast for fit for any green-blooded plantavore ($9.99). The relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere is great for kinship-bolstering dining sessions, or debating the mysterious cosmic origins of the calzone ($6.99–$16.99) or the 10-inch cheese pizza ($4.99). Check out the full menu to get a head start planning your meal, or composing your firm, yet gentle breakup haiku to the neighborhood pizza boy.