All Seasons Table Restaurant serves up pan-Asian cuisine that integrates influences from Japanese, Thai, and Malay traditions. The chef crafts gourmet versions of familiar Chinese-American fare, from spicy General Gau's chicken to mongolian sesame shrimp. Diners can sample filets of meat and fish hot from the grill and coated in the Asian-style sauce of their choice. The kitchen also works wonders with lamb and duck—including a marinated half peking duck, which is roasted until tender and served with a feast of pancakes, vegetables, and hoisin sauce.
Typhoon Asian Bistro's culinary team fuses classic Asian and contemporary Japanese flavors into carefully plated entrees festooned with sauces, flowers, and towering ingredients. The team rolls up fresh sushi, creating such dishes as the signature Black Pearl, where torched nigiris, sashimi, and exotic salsa set sail on a decorative boat. They also plate steak, seafood, and lamb dishes from Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Japan atop palm leaves or nestled into cocktail glasses for drinking contests between hungry sailors. The menu rotates with the seasonality of ingredients to build cuisines around a global wine selection. The drink menu also hosts imported Asian beers and sakes.
Inside Typhoon Asian Bistro's contemporary setting, warm lighting spills from wrought-iron lanterns streaked in red and hovering above Japanese wood and an exhibition sushi bar. Water cascades from 35-foot waterfalls, broken up by pillar candles and urban kayakers. In the warmer months, an outdoor patio hosts meals beneath shade-bearing umbrellas surrounded by a fence laden with flowers.
A banner printed with tiny white fish flutters above Ma Soba's sushi bar, where chefs in pert white hats tuck ribbons of fish atop rice and seaweed. In the kitchen, stovetops sizzle with Chinese, Korean, Thai, and other Asian dishes, such as bulgogi, tempura-battered seafood and vegetables, and entrees spiced with chili-and-ginger general tso's sauce. Wine and water goblets moor maroon tablecloths in the softly lit dining room, where potted orchids and bromeliads complement a Japanese screen painted with branches and cherry blossoms. Ma Soba also packs entrees into tidy containers for carryout and delivery orders to offices, homes, and tree houses.
The review in Boston.com said of Basho’s sushi: “The restaurant gives the audience what it wants. Sushi and sashimi, ever and always, take top billing. Here, they deserve it.” The signature Basho roll’s thinly sliced asparagus, mushrooms, pickles, cucumbers, lettuce, and fried snow crab peek out from a cylinder of cucumber and soy paper. The Torch Toro roll wakes up taste buds with layers of torched toro—the fatty cut of the fish—and jalapeño. Ingredients for the rolls are flown in daily from around the world.
Clio Restaurant: A User's Guide
French-Asian Fusion | James Beard Award | Acclaimed Chefs | Creative Mixology | Celeb Sightings
First: cassolette of lobster, sea urchin, parsnip milk, and candied lemon—“one of the best dishes” in town according to Boston.com
Second: buttermilk-braised chicken with oak gnocchi and truffle crème
Dessert: Violet Vacherin with chocolate crumbles, candied violets, coconut cream, and violet meringue
Awards and Accolades
Chef Ken Oringer: James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast, 2001
Chef Ken Oringer: champion on Food Network’s Iron Chef America
Pastry Chef Monica Glass: named one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new pastry chefs in 2013
While You're Waiting
Keep an eye out for celebrities and VIPs passing through this Boston hotspot—past patrons include a visiting prince.
Order a tiki-style, pre-Prohibition, or molecular-gastronomy-influenced cocktail from Todd Maul’s cutting-edge bar program.
Inside Tip: Although the 7-, 10-, and 14-course tasting menus take diners on bite-by-bite journeys through Chef Oringer’s latest innovations, the plates tend to be rather small—even by tasting-menu standards. Stick to the regular menu for fuller (but by no means generous) portions.
Mignonette: a sauce usually made of shallots, cracked pepper, and vinegar and served over raw oysters.
Reindeer moss: a moss that resembles reindeer antlers; it must be cooked for extended periods of time before it’s edible for humans.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Grab a latté and browse the tomes at Trident Booksellers and Cafe (338 Newbury Street).
After: Catch a live folk or jazz concert at the Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Since opening Clio in 1997, Chef Oringer has been on a restaurant-launching spree across Boston, but you needn’t travel far to try one of his other acclaimed ventures: Uni, a sushi and noodle bar, is located in Clio’s lounge.
Boston's Montien Thai Restaurant offers a traditional menu of Thai dishes in a relaxed setting.
Come prepared to feast at Montien Thai Restaurant — with no low-fat options, any diets will need to be put aside for the moment.
Guests can migrate to the bar section to catch the game on the TV.
Bring your whole brood to Montien Thai Restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Ideal for birthday parties or other large get-togethers, Montien Thai Restaurant has all the room you'll need to be comfortable.
Don't let your weekend plans get spoiled! Be sure to reserve a table if you're heading to the bar on a Friday or Saturday since it can get pretty crowded.
The dress code is strictly casual at Montien Thai Restaurant, so come as you are (and as you are comfortable).
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Montien Thai Restaurant offers catering.
Street parking is readily available near Montien Thai Restaurant's Stuart St location.
Hop on public transit if driving's not your speed; accessible stops include Washington St. @ Tufts Med Center (SL4, SL5), Boylston Station (Green), and New England Medical Center Station.
Prices at Montien Thai Restaurant typically stay below the $30 mark, so you can afford to bring along a friend or a date.
You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
Reviewers rave about the dinner menu at the bar, though breakfast and lunch are also served.