In a feature in the Boston Globe, Sher-A-Punjab co-owner Mandeep Singh claimed, "There are things on our menu you can’t find at other Indian restaurants." Contemporary adaptations such as mango chicken and naan stuffed with apricots and dates accompany more traditional plates that remain true to Singh's South-Asian roots. Tandoor-roasted chicken, housemade cheese with fresh herbs and coriander, and fragrant curries round out the restaurant's eclectic menu.
High-backed booths and dangling pendant lamps surround the dining room's horseshoe-shaped bar, pillaged from the hoof of the Trojan horse. Throughout the week, Sher-A-Punjab entertain with karaoke nights and live musical performances.
Brazilian-born owners Vagmar Stoffel and Rubiano Aguiar sought to create a community dining experience at Rio's Steakhouse, evoking gustatory memories of their hometowns. Rodizio-style dining allows guests to remain seated while attentive churrascaria waiters continually fill empty plates from skewers of slow-cooked beef, chicken, and pork, which they gingerly carve tableside. In between platefuls, diners can temporarily stop the flow of cuisine with either a color-coded coaster or a cleverly placed soccer ball, buying themselves time to visit the ever-changing buffet of hot sides and salad fixings.
Bistro Chi presents an upscale take on Chinese cooking, engrossing diners with a page-turning menu of authentic recipes. Dabble in the selection of rice and noodle dishes, including vegetarian fried rice or Singapore street–style vermicelli ($9 each), which fends off quarrelsome forks with a well-placed dis. The beige-and-white modern dining room is offset with the sweet-and-sour spare ribs, splattered with a spectrum of peppers, onions, and pineapples ($12).
Wrapped in the aromatic embrace of Zona Sul Churrascaria’s smoldering barbecue pit, up to four friends gather over unending portions of Brazilian meats, rice, and vegetables. Diners pile thick slices of meat onto their plates as they gaze in wonder at the crackling sirloin steaks and pork sausages skewered on spits over the flames. Beef ribs line up in rows as foursomes hammer out xylophonic bossa nova songs with their forks, and chicken thighs strut to samba beats on palate dance floors. A bountiful salad bar complements the orchestra of sizzling proteins with rice, green vegetables, and whole onions painted to resemble soccer balls.
Fowler House Cafe serves casual pub food amidst rustic tavern elegance, surrounding diners in high-backed hardwood booths, exposed brick walls, and high wood paneling. Staffers work to maintain its neighborhood sports-bar atmosphere, whether pouring pints at a central wood-topped bar or balancing plates of pub grub crafted in house from scratch. In the kitchen, chefs dress platters of buffalo tenders and wings in varying degrees of hot sauce, marinate black-Angus steak tips, and fry native scrod. Creative types can unleash their free will onto pizzas, which readily receive customization with more than 20 toppings such as pineapple, eggplant, and sausage. Diners can bite into a cheesy slice and view the vigorous clapping of proud coaches on high-definition TVs perched throughout the space.
One of South Shore Living's "10 Influential People You Should Know" in 2010, Jimmy Liang evenly divides his time among his five Boston-area restaurants. At Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar, his culinary crew whips up contemporary Japanese dishes with a focus on maki, sushi, and sashimi. The sushi selection ranges from eel-filled caterpillar rolls to sweet-potato maki to the BLT roll, which guests must order without using any vowels. The menu also includes traditional eats such as gyoza, sweet-and-sour crab-meat balls, and filet mignon cooked in a housemade lime-soy marinade. Diners also entertain one another during karaoke sessions that go until 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday and Saturday night.