A brief stint barside at Banyan Bar + Refuge! Have you been?
The Slushy Kirin Ichiban is so much fun!! Banyan owns one of only three machines in the U.S . You've got to try it! I'd totally go back just for that.
Then there were a couple tasty small bites: Crispy Pig Tails ($8) / pineapple sweet + sour sauce, peanut, cilantro / Fried Chicken Bun ($8) / gouchang "buffalo" sauce, ranch dressing, scallion slaw / and a cocktail: Nippon Negroni / lemongrass + ginger infused gin, campari, cocci americano /
And when the third small bite never arrived, a draft Painkiller ($5) / five spice infused rum, pineapple, orange, coconut foam / for each of us on the house. The manager came over to explain the kitchen was having trouble getting the texture of the Takoyaki ($9) / braised calamari, nori, aoili, bonito / right. I guess there were issues with the fryer and it kept coming out soggy. I appreciated that they didn't serve us a poorly executed dish, and was happy that they sent the drink + an explanation over in its place. We couldn't wait around because we had a surprise party to make it to - otherwise I would have been content to linger at the zen Asian gastropub and sample more of the menu.
553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116