It's the end of an era. Or at least the end of the limited concept menu by Little Owl Tavern at Wink & Nod! Every few months a new culinary resident takes the helm at Wink & Nod to create a new and innovative menu to share with the masses. I recently stopped by for dinner to get a taste of Chef Bill Brodsky's coastal Italian inspired menu; with Artisan Ricotta, Crisp Eggplant Carpaccio, and Charred Octopus on the menu I knew we were in for a treat!
Since Wink + Nod is known first and foremost for their cocktails and talented mixologists I started there and ordered their Far East Cocktail before diving into the Little Owl Tavern's menu. Sochu, sparkling sake, yuzu-ginger shrub, and sesame lychee combine for a smooth drink thats suitable for anyone who loves sparkling wines or cocktails. First up was a couple of their small plates; Tuna Crudo with with citrus, chiles, green onion, and upland cress and the Crispy Eggplant Carpaccio with lily-yogurt, tomato chutney, sweet peas, parmesan. I loved the crudo-- I'm a crudo lover and this was among the most flavorful I've ever had.
When it was time to order main dishes I had my eye on the Lobster Bolognese. Made with squid ink pappardelle, oven roasted romatoes, chiles, pea puree, and mint this was a refreshing take on an Italian classic. Every bite was delicious! So often squid ink pastas are often a part of saltier dishes, but I loved it in place of a traditional pasta in this particular dish. We also put in an order for the special; Pan Smoked Mussels in garlic white wine broth, tomatoes, and herbs (not pictured). And for dessert; Grilled Italian Pound Cake with orange & amaretto glazed polenta cake, berries, whipped mascarpone, and Butterscotch Budino di Pane with warm banana-walnut compote, vanilla ice cream. Decadent, sweet, and delicious to say the least!
I know, I know, you're probably bummed you miss this limited run menu, but the next is already settling into the kitchen at Wink + Nod quite nicely! KAKI LIMA, consisting of Chef Retno Pratiwi and Managing Partner Peter Gelling, have worked to craft an Indonesian inspired menu with array of shareable apps and delicacies to create a culinary experience not be missed.
3 Appleton Street
Boston, MA 02116
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, by Elissa Garza