The Brahmin

I tweeted about my visit to Boston’s newest tapas place – The Brahmin – last week.  Turns out this is a great place to meet up with a friend for a few hours of cocktails and tapas.  We grazed on a few things including the grilled white asparagus and scallops with cured bacon.  Both of which were delicious and a good portion.
http://www.thebrahmin.com/dinner.html

My friend was more adventurous and ordered “the older sister” to drink while I defaulted to my trustee prosecco.  Her drink came looking pretty and tasting strong.  (Mine came bubbly.  Just the way I like it.)  Brahmin has a sizable bar area and I can definitely see this place filling with young professionals on a Friday night.
http://www.thebrahmin.com/classics.htm

Good overall ambiance and experience.  I would definitely recommend as an after-work retreat given its location on the newly-revived Stanhope Street in Back Bay.

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My New Hood

I’m just settling into my new apartment in Brookline (Washington Square to be exact) and the next step to becoming a native is knowing where to eat.

I’ve already written about Superfusion, which is a pretty good little sushi place.

I’ve also been across the street to Cafe Fixe which gets a mixed opinion from me at the moment. Admittedly I’m not really a coffee person but they had a pretty good selection of teas. (Although most of the were black teas and I’d like something more in the green/herbal family but that’s okay.) I was very happy that they have Naked Juice which is what I ended up getting. Overall it’s a cute little place and I think I should hit it up a few more times before I finalize my opinion.

I’ve also made my obligatory Thursday-night visit to Publick House. The beers that they’re known for are actually as awesome as people say. Don’t expect to walk in there and order a Sam Adams though, learned that the hard way a few years back. I love darker, more aromatic beers and even though I had no idea what most of the things on the board were, the bar tender was able to guide me based on my mainstream favorites. What really surprised me was the turkey burger was pretty good. Perhaps it was due to the 2 beers previously consumed and my raging post-work hunger but that’s neither here nor there.

And lastly, right around the corner is a Thai place called New Rod Dee. This was the first place I tried and actually the biggest disappointment. I don’t know the combinations of sauces and I don’t even know what most of the vegetables they use, but I know what tastes good and unfortunately the meal was a steadfast mediocre. To top it off, they only take cash which I stopped carrying when I stopped waiting tables so my future at this place looks very limited.

More places I hear I need to try:
Fireplace
The Abbey – for the fries

Anything else?

New Discovery

Used Pea Shoots on a veggie burger last night and the result was a lettuce-like crunch. Would probably also be good for adding a little something to a salad…maybe with chick peas and grape tomatoes.

Superfusion

No posts recently because I just finished moving all my worldly belongings to Brookline, but now I have so many new food options to explore!

First on the list was Superfusion on Washington Street –  recommended by a sushi-fanatic friend of ours I had high hopes.  The restaurant was really easy to find, but it took us a moment to figure out that we had found it.  Judging by the storefront and seating area, this place clearly does a lot of takeout, but we pulled up two chairs at the tiny sushi bar and made ourselves at home.  I always find it interesting when they let you sit that close to the food prep area.

We watched the chef make a roll a minute of all different types as the orders came in.  When he got to making ours, I was surprised that our 4 rolls filled an entire dinner plate.  I wouldn’t call myself a sushi connoisseur by I do happen to eat a lot of it and these portions were epic.  No wonder our hungry guy friend recommended it.

Spicy Tuna was very tasty and I’m not totally certain what else we ordered but they were all pretty good.  I think I’d stick to take out just because the dining space is small and the food is best for a decent quick bite.

Luckily they have a few locations in a couple different locations around the city.

http://www.superfusionsushi.com/