5 restaurant openings we’re enthusiastic about this month

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Add these new restaurant openings to your checklist.

The Friendly Toast Cambridge.
The Pleasant Toast Cambridge. Handout

As summer season slips away, there’s a complete lineup of recent eating places we will’t wait to go to this fall, together with a just-opened 18-course omakase within the South Finish, a New York Spanish tapas bar debuting within the Seaport, and the extremely anticipated reveal of Michelin-star chef George Mendes’ Amar at Raffles Boston.

Check out the 5 new eating places we’re craving a chunk at in September 2023.

311 Omakase.
311 Omakase. – Handout

With a reputation that symbolizes a harmonious trinity of Chef Wei Fa Chen, his substances and their diners, 311 Omakase could possibly be essentially the most considerate new restaurant in Boston. Designed solely by Chef Wei, who beforehand labored below world-acclaimed chef Masayoshi Takayama of three-Michelin star Masa Restaurant in NYC, together with Japanese pottery and antiques from his private assortment, right down to the final element on the 18-course seafood-centric omakase, Chef Wei refers to his new restaurant as a tribute to the gorgeous complexity of Japanese delicacies and tradition. The restaurant partnered with Japanese artisans to additional improve visitors’ connection to the expertise, like potter and ceramist Akirasatake, who custom-made all 311 Omakase’s sushi plates that act as gorgeous backdrops to the likes of singular handrolls and meticulously plated nigiri. In omakase trend — which means chef’s alternative, actually “I depart it as much as you” in Japanese — visitors entrust Chef Wei to create an ever-rotating however all the time indulgent menu that’s damaged down into 4 appetizers, 12 nigiri, miso soup, and two housemade desserts. Suppose: the best and freshest grade of every day imported sashimi or domestically sourced tuna, clams, and lobster, in addition to uni, caviar, black truffle, and horsehair crab. There are solely two seatings per night with room for 10 diners at every.

605 Tremont St., Boston
Now Open

Amar, opening at Raffles Boston.
Amar, opening at Raffles Boston. – Handout

Boston’s latest high-rise carries a lot anticipation: Raffles Boston is the Singapore-based model’s entry to North America, and with it comes 5 distinctive epicurean ideas, together with a speakeasy, a European-styled cafe, an all-day eatery, and two fine-dining institutions. Of the latter two experiences, Amar is chef George Mendes’ satisfaction and pleasure, an extension of his Michelin-starred NYC restaurant Aldea, which shuttered in 2020. “It’s a continuation of my journey, merely put,” he mentioned of the 60-seat restaurant towering above the Again Bay with sweeping views from the floor-to-ceiling home windows. At Amar, Mendes honors his heritage and upbringing with Portuguese-inspired delicacies, all whereas utilizing native substances to tie his New England roots collectively in a single connoisseur journey. Although Amar is branded as advantageous eating, chef Mendes assures it gained’t really feel stuffy; there aren’t any white tablecloths, and plenty of dishes are ready tableside for interplay and publicity to behind-the-scenes. “Will probably be approachable however nonetheless thrilling,” Mendes mentioned. Count on humble substances like olive oil, contemporary herbs of parsley and cilantro, in addition to citrus used to raise Portuguese staples of octopus, salt cod, and varied pork and rice dishes. 

40 Trinity Place, Boston
Opens: Mid September

The Jamon Iberico at Boqueria.
The Jamon Iberico at Boqueria. – Picture by Liz Clayman

What started as an informal tapas bar on the coronary heart of Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood in 2006 has since multiplied throughout the Massive Apple with three different areas, and now, its first outpost arrives in Boston. Set to open within the Seaport mid-month, the Barcelona-inspired tapas bar will serve its specialty paella — the signature being paella de mariscos, saffron-laced bomba rice topped with contemporary squid, head-on shrimp, clams, and mussels — in addition to all-day tapas like pan con tomate (grilled bread rubbed with tomato, garlic, and olive oil), pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus) and gambas al ajillo (shrimp cooked in chili-laced olive oil and garlic). Chef Arturo Gonzalez, beforehand of Boqueria’s SoHo location in NYC, shall be opening the restaurant and updating the menu quarterly. “We’re enthusiastic about being a part of the Seaport’s progress. It’s a vibrant space, and we’re becoming a member of a restaurant scene that already has top-notch culinary expertise, so we all know visitors shall be discerning and we’ve received to get it proper,” shared Boqueria’s founder and CEO Yann de Rochefort, whose spouse is from the world so felt Boston was one of the best place to open Boqueria’s newest location. Ultimately, Boqueria will add brunch service, serving signature Spanish breakfast treats and as an unique to its Boston locale: a shareable sangria tower. 

25 Thomson Place, Seaport
Opens: Sept. 12

A spread at The Friendly Toast.
A variety at The Pleasant Toast. – Handout

There’s one thing nostalgic and completely comforting about all-day brunch, which is strictly what The Pleasant Toast serves up seven days every week. The most recent restaurant, the eleventh location in New England, simply opened in Harvard Sq. and is able to embrace diners within the mouthwatering scent of piled-high pancakes and behemoth benedicts. This isn’t simply any breakfast joint, although: The Pleasant Toast prioritizes a scratch kitchen strategy with distinctive riffs on Rooster & Waffles and avocado toast flights. The creativity extends to the bar shows of maple bacon bloody Marys and spiked espresso flights. The most recent venue can seat as much as 160 visitors between the vintage-inspired eating room with an assortment of major coloured partitions, cubicles, and tables, in addition to a mid-century styled bar. The Pleasant Toast is all about doing good, too, aiming to offer again to the local people and charitable organizations by means of seasonal specials. “We take satisfaction within the communities by which we’re part of,” mentioned Scott Pulver, co-owner of The Pleasant Toast. “As we get to know Harvard Sq.’s residents, we’re desperate to associate with organizations that impression this space and methods we will help them proceed to thrive.”

1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Now Open

Layla's American Tavern.
Layla’s American Tavern. – Handout

As the latest restaurant and bar from Maverick Hospitality, the staff that introduced Bostonians their beloved Lucy’s and the Bowery Bar to call a number of, Layla’s American Tavern takes over the previous Shenanigans Bar in South Boston to dish up lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. As its title suggests, the informal tavern-style eatery focuses on American fanfare, like buffalo rooster dip, wings, and fried pickles, and is designed to function an area hangout that encourages good vibes over shareable snacks. The revamped interiors embody torched wood partitions with {custom} upholstered plaid cubicles which are accented by hanging greenery and loads of TVs welcoming sports activities followers to cheer on their groups. Layla’s presents 20 draught traces that showcase native and regional breweries with their ‘Hair of the Canine’ menu that includes hot-ticket objects like boozy iced coffees and an 88-ounce mimosa tower.

332 W Broadway, South Boston
Now Open