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April 2011 Archive

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Openings

Savin Bar + Kitchen has recently opened in the Savin Hill section of Dorchester following almost a year's worth of improvements to the space that now include an entirely new interior. The neighborhood restaurant serves up classic American fare with a modern twist with dishes like walnut and goat cheese agnolotti pasta with mushrooms and blueberries as well as comfort food favorites like Guinness braised short ribs. Choose a glass of wine from 20 available by the glass to pair up with one of these hearty dishes and you are sure to leave satisfied. Savin Bar + Kitchen, 112 Savin Hill Ave., Dorchester, MA 02125, 617-288-7500.
 
Boston seems to be off to a spicy kick this year with several new Mexican restaurants opening up all over town with the most recent being Temazcal Tequila Cantina at Liberty Wharf in the Seaport District. The upscale restaurant and tequila cantina (yes, the rumors are confirmed---there are more than 300 tequilas available here) has jumped ahead of the technology curve by offering its full menu, which includes a traditional dish of Codorniz Relleno from Aztec Indians, on the Apple iPad, the first for any restaurant in the country. Chef and co-wwner Todd Hall spent some time in Mexico researching the region's cuisine before opening several Mexican restaurants on the West Coast prior to arriving in Boston. (Don't miss his specialty whole roast suckling pig carved tableside served nightly). Temazcal Tequila Cantina, 250 Northern Ave., Boston, MA 02210, 617-439-3502.
 
Located in the North End on the waterfront next to the U.S. Coast Guard station, Aragosta Bar & Bistro recently opened at Fairmont Battery Wharf, replacing the former Sensing restaurant. The Italian-Mediterranean addition features chef David Daniels at the helm offering hand-made pastas (truffle rigatoni and cheeses with warm goat cheese fondue), meats (braised veal and pancetta meatballs) and seafood (lobster ravioli) with influences from Marseille, France to Genoa, Italy. In the warmer months, be sure to request a table on the outdoor terrace for alfresco dining along the Boston Harbor. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner along with a weekend brunch. Aragosta Bar & Bistro, Fairmont Battery Wharf, 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02210, 617-994-9001.
 

News Bytes

Monthly Wine Dinner Series at Tamarind Bay Coastal Indian Kitchen
Tamarind Bay Coastal Indian Kitchen has just introduced a monthly wine dinner series to explore how wine naturally complements the layering of spices found in Indian cuisine. For $27 per person, you can sample dishes from the Indo-Chinese menu, which features seven new dishes, check out a live cooking demonstration and take home a recipe from one of the dishes prepared like tandoori chicken or spicy spinach and mustard sag paneer. The dinners start at 6 p.m. Tamarind Bay Coastal Indian Kitchen, 1665 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445, 617-277-1752.
 
Casablanca Introduces New Smoker and Tapas Menu
Owner Sari Abul-Jubein has just brought a massive wood-fired smoker into the kitchen to enhance some of Casablanca's existing menu items. The restaurant has created a new tapas menu featuring these smoked specialties. The cheap eats small bites menu includes nightly offerings such as chicken wings ($1) rubbed with Mediterranean spices and slow cooked in the wood-fired smoker and Moroccan tacos ($3) with smoked, pulled lamb, fried baby chickpeas and charmula-Moroccan sauce. New dishes also include the house smoked duck legs with heirloom beans, sweet and sour frisee, and duck cracklins as well as Sari's house-smoked lamb shoulder with charred tomatoes, spicy yogurt, grilled flatbread and mint oil. Casablanca, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-876-0999.
 
51 Lincoln Constructs New Rooftop Garden and Inroduces Lunch Menu
Spring has certainly sprung at 51 Lincoln in Newton as owner Jeff Fournier prepares to construct an 1,800-square-foot rooftop garden. Here, he will grow fresh vegetables, herbs and berries that he will load into a basket and lower into the kitchen by pulley to include in his daily offerings. The restaurant is also now open for weekday lunch serving up dishes like roast pork tacos and salmon over Quinoa. Be sure to check out the blackboard for daily lunch and dinner specials like the recent Gravlax on house baked caraway bread. 51 Lincoln, 51 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands, MA 02461, 617-965-3100.
 

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