Porthole Restaurant hauls in a multifarious dinner menu stocked with fresh seafood specialties alongside grilled meats and pasta specialties. Take taste buds for an initial dip into seaborne flavors with a half-dozen Blue Point oysters on the half shell ($9.98) or juicy scallops wrapped in bacon shackles ($9.25). Silverware sparkles in anticipation of slicing through succulent filet mignon ($16.98) served with choice of a potato and veggies or spearing Claire's seafood supreme ($14.98), which unites a delectable trio of lobster, shrimp, and scallops under a creamy cheese-sauce trade agreement. Pasta wranglers can corral herds of noodles including eggplant parmesan ($8.98) and shrimp scampi ($12.98), and amphibious appetites savor land-and-sea platters such as the Four by Four ($12.98)—a quartet of tempura shrimp sidled up next to four sirloin tips with an optional picket fence to keep meaty universes from colliding.
Referencing his relentless work ethic, Fuji at Kendall owner Jimmy Liang told the Patriot Ledger that he sleeps only four to five hours a night. The rest of his time is occupied with planning dramatic presentations for fresh fish. From the battered cuttlefish tentacles of a crispy appetizer to the Ming's mango maki roll—shrimp, asparagus, and mango topped with slices of spicy tuna—Liang carefully sources and hand-fashions the seafood on his menu into edible artwork.
Liang and his partner Peter Tse became purveyors of innovative sushi when they were 20 years old. Since then, they've specialized in their own brand of nigiri, sashimi, maki, and Asian fusion. There are also classic plates of chicken teriyaki and udon soup at Fuji, but according to The Improper Bostonian, Liang's talent shines the brightest when he and head chef Ming Cao are asked to improvise custom sushi meals. The resulting dishes are a "testimony to a chef at play," whose "deft touch with fish and seasonings…brings dishes to the heights of flavorful experimentation." Guests who prefer to know their order in advance can browse a list of specialty rolls such as the Dynamite maki, named for its spicy cargo of jalapeño, tuna, and tobiko that self-destructs if you touch it with your chopsticks.
Feng Shui embraces the culinary traditions of both China and Japan while updating its menu seasonally, garnering praise from the Boston Business Journal and New England Cable News for its extensive selection. Stir-fried orders of chicken, beef, and seafood arrive laden with ginger or signature sauces, and sushi chefs roll maki with traditional tuna and salmon or such innovative combinations as strawberry and wasabi aioli. At some locations, the dining rooms include tabletop hibachi-style grills where chefs, like Shakespeare as a toddler, put on food-based shows, flipping, dicing, and sizzling Angus-certified beef in cholesterol-free rice-bran oils that are rich in vitamin E.
At The Ginger Pad, a casual atmosphere blends with the rich aromas of garlic, thai basil, and chili sauce hanging in the air to help guests forget the world outside. Like a suspension bridge made out of udon noodles, the menu connects distant lands through food, laying out delicious examples of Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisine. Spring rolls or edamame preempt dives into salty-sweet pad thai or korean beef barbecue. Chopsticks can also lift spicy sichuan shrimp to mouths or gently cradle sushi rolls that combine colorful mango and avocado with fresh tobiko, tuna, salmon, and scallops.