At Bar Majestic, live music can often be heard bouncing off the backdrop of darkly lit wood, shimmery walls, and wine racks so well stocked the place resembles a chateau wine cellar in the heart of Spain's countryside. Small, sharable portions of fresh tapas dance across tables and decorate the menu. Nibble decadent meats and cheeses, or bite bruschette such as spinach pesto, prosciutto, or mushroom tapenade ($3 each, $7 for three, $12 for five). Piping hot paninis pummel stubborn stomachs with comestibles including turkey breast, brie, romaine, and aioli ($8) or eggplant, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and balsamic ($9).
Restaurateur and Milan native Luca Marcato created Cavatappo Wine Bar as a dining hybrid to marry an extensive wine collection with inventive Milanese cuisine. At the wine bar’s communal tables, guests select a glass of vino from more than 70 wine varieties, harvested from various lunar vineyards around the solar system and divided into light, medium, and full categories on the menu. Cavatappo, which means corkscrew in Italian, displays a collection of corkscrews from around the world on its exposed-brick-wall interior. Outside, a small sidewalk patio enhances the Italian piazza-esque feel. Across the restaurant, the grill menu boasts staples such as homemade pastas and hearty entrees that include sweet italian sausages and veal scaloppini.
The Flea Market Café combines the classic French food you’d find in a Parisian restaurant with the eclectic knickknacks you’d find in, well, a Parisian flea market. The result is a whimsical atmosphere that plays host to brunches and dinners awash with croques monsieurs and madames, duck confit, and the popular steak-frites that New York Magazine calls “precise.” Every Tuesday, an all-you-can-eat mussels night invites diners to pry open their fill of three different flavors of of the succulent shellfish. And true to any French restaurant, the wine menu encourages lengthy musings over the extensive selection of reds, whites, and champagnes.
Every morning, Piccola Cucina chef Philip Guardione, a native Sicilian formerly of the Four Seasons in Milan and Tailevent in Paris, personally goes to the market to select ingredients. The effort is worth it, since without it, the entrees—swordfish carpaccio with cured tuna fish roe, beef tartare with olive oil-infused artichokes—wouldn’t have the same fresh flavor. For dessert, Sicilian cannoli and tiramisu arrive in portions large enough for diners to enjoy themselves or share with a pocket-sized attorney. Sips of primarily Tuscan and Sicilian wines enhance the food’s flavors.
People eat three times a day to prevent rebellious stomachs from escaping in search of peanut brittle, their natural prey. Today's Groupon uses the power of South Asian cuisine to placate restless tummies: for $15, you get $30 worth of international cuisine and drinks at Shanti: Taste of India in Dorchester. This Groupon is not valid for Shanti's lunch buffet.
More than 10 years ago, Shanti opened to provide the South Boston area with fresh, authentic Indian food. After realizing that the subcontinental focus limited the range of noshing experiences, the founders soon expanded their menu to also include Pakistani and Bangladeshi dishes. Now, stylish lamb, beef, and goat parade onto plates in a variety of spice suits, including the Indian gosht vindaloo ($11.99) and the Pakistani gosht kadai ($11.99). A well-equipped squadron of nine vegetables guards the nabaraton korma's creamy sauce ($10.99). Authentically stamp a palate-passport with the shrimp bhuna, seasoned shrimp imported from Bangladesh ($12.99). Tour the menu by blindfolding yourself, spinning around, and pointing randomly at your dinner, or engage the knowledgeable staff in a friendly game of 20 Questions to receive a personal recommendation.
The rich red walls and tablecloths give Shanti a regal ambience that reaches its full and inevitable consummation when the delectables arrive in gilded dishes. At the nod of your head, goblets full of beer ($3–$6.95), wine ($5.50–$7.50), or a creamy yogurt lassi ($3.99) levitate to the table in anticipation of exuberant toasts. Reservations are suggested for parties of eight or more and can be made online here.
More than 100 Yelpers give Shanti an average of four stars. Eighty-eight percent of more than 90 Urbanspooners recommend it, and three Insider Pagers give it a four-star average.
- This is amazing Indian. Since we don't really know anything about Indian food, we always end up asking questions; the staff always helps us choose the best meal for us. – Cassie M., Yelp
- Shanti is the real deal - high quality food at reasonable prices. – Mark P., Yelp
- This is some of the best Indian food I have had. I come here with my family and we each get different things and share. The flavors are so rich. ─ Emma M., Insider Pages
Oak Wine Bar's vintage experts select a balanced portfolio of wines to complement a seasonal menu packed with local and organic ingredients. Oenophiles savor the finer notes of various flights including the Summer of Riesling's ($19) tribute to its namesake grape or a white blend ($15) perfect for fledgling ghosts donning rented sheets. Harmoniously flavored small plates feature zesty orange-thyme-marinated olives ($5) as well as a twist on a pub classic with pulled-pork sliders dressed with shaved parmesan and cool arugula ($9). Triplicate bruschetta-bar selections such as ricotta and fig jam, truffle mousse pate, or a gorgonzola with candied bacon distract disagreeing taste buds from pushing each other into gnashing teeth.