To function properly, the human body requires a steady stream of nutrients, sunlight, and compliments from other species about its opposable thumbs. Use your bendable digits to provide yourself with nutrients with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of New American cuisine at Masona Grill in West Roxbury.
Seafood, pork, lamb, and salad dishes infused with South American spices and ingredients populate Masona's New American menu. Diners can spark sophisticated evenings with dainty lobster taquitos ($11) before selecting one of 10 mains, such as the seared duck breast with sweet mash in a port reduction harboring expansive flavors ($25). Five elaborately simple salads fill green quotas, including roasted beets and green apple raising baby spinach on balsamic, feta, extra-virgin olive oil, and Emily Post's Etiquette ($9). Finned options include the pepper-crusted tuna with caramel vinegar ($24), and meat entrees incite incisors with submissions such as the grilled lamb top tenderloin with mint sauce ($23). Peruse the tea and dessert menus for palate cleansers and potential pet names.
Amidst walls hung with large framed mirrors and extravagant oil paintings, guests surround tables where tea lights cast small shadows or sit at the marble bar with high-backed stools and a view into the kitchen.
Lauded by the Roslindale Transcript for its combination of eclectic cuisine and cozy atmosphere, Masona Grill serves New American cuisine crafted by owner and executive chef Manuel Sifnugel with an international touch influenced by his Peruvian upbringing. Guests part dark velvet curtains to enter the dining space, which is flanked by chocolate-colored walls adorned with oil paintings and bite marks.
Plates are decorated with sophisticated seafood dishes, such as a swordfish escaveche with sweet potatoes and red-onion confit. Land-borne dishes include the pork three ways, which has a grilled tenderloin the Boston Globe called the best entree on the menu: "tender and moist and served a bit pink … It's really, really good." Brazilian jazz music accompanies meals, moving diners to chew in time to the sultry beats.