111 East is located in the Seaport and opened earlier this summer. Although you may not be familiar this Asian hot pot / street food inspired bistro, you’ve probably heard of its sister restaurant Lola 42, which is easily my favorite dining option in the Seaport.
Unlike many restaurants in the Seaport, the restaurant doesn’t feel cavernous and for those who have a modern design aesthetic – the interior will appeal. According to the website, the interior juxtaposes more traditional Asian design with an urban edge. Below are images of the bar and the main dining room.
111 East menu is affordable with starters and sandwiches ranging from just a few dollars to $15; build your own noodle and rice bowls ranging from the teens to low $20s; Entrees from teens to $52 (only a couple options are at the top of this price range); and of course their Hot Pot menu which starts in the low $20s but can increase based on your taste and extravagance.
We started our dinner with Steamed Buns – Pork Belly and Fried Chicken. Although both were delicious, I was partial to the Pork Belly (shown below) that came with hoisin sauce and crsipy shallots. The Fried Chicken was good but I prefer the soft buns with the sweet pork belly and encourage you to try it.
Although 111 East is the Seaport’s only hotpot restaurant, it was too warm for us to contemplate ordering it so I chose the Flank Steak with garlic broccoli and waterchestnut in a spicy mango sauce that wasn’t really all that hot but was very flavorful. The greatest challenge I faced eating the steak was trying to cut it with a chopstick and knife until our attentive waiter brought me a fork. The steak (shown below) was really excellent – I would definitely recommend.
Since we skipped the hotpot, we decided to try a build your own rice bowl. We both love curry so Sergio selected a chicken bowl with steamed rice, yellow curry and an assortment of vegetables. Sadly, this was the one disappointing plate we ordered. The curry had little flavor and was quite bland. It was as if what little flavor the curry had seemed to dissipate the minute you consumed it.
Despite the disappointing curry, everything else was really quite excellent. The space has a cool vibe, the service was attentive without being obtrusive and the menu was appealing. If you’re looking for a place to try out for a date or with friends, I would recommend trying 111 East and after dinner enjoy a nice walk along the waterfront just one block away or grab a nightcap at their bar.
BosGuy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Good.
11 Fan Pier || (617) 443-4111
Black Lamb Boston opened in the space formerly occupied by Stephi’s on Tremont and is now serving brunch on both Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10:00 AM.
The “new kid on the block” status combined with the reputation of culinary couple Heather and Colin Lynch ensures that Black Lamb will be hard to get a seat most evenings, but when we visited for an early Saturday brunch we had the space almost entirely to ourselves. The biggest differences to the space are the color scheme, artwork and converting the private dining room in the back into a cool little raw bar and dining space.
Stephi’s private dining room has been converted into a cozy raw bar
The brunch menu is a tad limited (especially if you love to have a lot of egg-options) but it does have some very interesting items and we wasted no time ordering something savory and something sweet.
We started with the Potato Rosti, which has a consistency of a latke and is served with smoked salmon, sour cream and dill piled atop. It was really delicious and something I would definitely have again.
Potato Rosti – $14
The French Toast served with strawberries and whipped cream photographs nicely but wasn’t served with enough maple syrup so initially it tasted a bit dry but we rectified that quickly, asking for a bit more syrup which the brioche soaked up nicely. This is definitely a good option for anyone who likes something sweet in the morning.
French Toast – $15
The only glitch in the dining experience was the timing of breakfast items which was a surprise considering there were so few tables at that time of the morning. However, to the restaurant’s credit they rectified the situation quickly and one can chalk this up to being part of the team’s learning curve.
BosGuy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars, Good.
571 Tremont Street || (617) 982-6330
Photo credit: The Boston Globe
Anyone who knows Sergio or me, know that we regularly frequent Boston Chops South End on Washington Street. A big reason is because of the staff who are a tight-knit group of fun professionals who make their bar is one of the best places to meet up with friends for a drink in the neighborhood.
One of my favorite bartenders in Boston is Kiko. His flamboyance, wit and charm is a draw. While Boston Chops is not a gay bar – it is a place where the 30-something and 40-something gay men of Boston can often be found meeting for cocktails or grabbing a dinner, which only adds to the appeal when Kiko is holding court (a.k.a. tending bar).
Next time you go into Boston Chops congratulate Kiko for the feature in The Boston Globe and take a moment to read the full article, Getting Salty with Frank ‘Kiko’ Dutra of Boston Chops.
P.S. Kiko – I agree with you. To this day I still miss Pho Republique and I love the colorful regulars like Judy who frequent Boston Chops SE.
Heather and Colin Lynch of Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, No Relation, and the soon-to-open Black Lamb brasserie
Black Lamb announced yesterday on their Instagram account that they are now open. You can see it here.
Yesterday, the Bar Mezzana team behind the new American Brasserie called Black Lamb, took to Instagram to announce their pending opening in the space that was formerly Stephi’s on Tremont Street.
According to the post above we can expect to see the restaurant open their doors to the public some time next week. Chef Colin Lynch, partners Heather Lynch and Jefferson Macklin, and beverage director Ryan Lotz are opening Black Lamb along with a fifth managing partner, Ben Kaplan was director of operations for the Barbara Lynch Gruppo from 2014-2017, and is a former general manager of Scarpetta in New York City. The executive chef will be Boston kitchen veteran, Chris Drown who helped open Hojoko as executive sous chef and has worked at O Ya. Black Lamb will be open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch.
571 Tremont Stret
Time Out Boston, a new (and highly anticipated) food hall has announced that it will open to the public in its new Fenway location on Thursday, June 27, 2019. Time Out brings together some of Boston’s best chefs under one roof. Think Faneuil Hall but amped up several notches; at least this was what Sergio and I thought after we stumbled upon Time Out Lisbon (shown below).
Occupying the ground floor of the 401 Park Drive building in the Fenway (just blocks from Fenway Park), Time Out Market Boston will showcase the city’s best chefs and restaurateurs, drink-slingers and cultural offerings, all handpicked by Time Out’s editors. The curated mix showcases 15 food offerings, two bars, a cooking academy, one retail shop and artists from across the city all in one iconic site–an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929.
Time Out Market Lisbon
Some of the culinary options that will be a part of Time Out Boston include:
- BISq (sibling restaurant to Bergamot) will serve mouth-watering charcuterie and cheese boards
- Roman-style pizzeria from award-winning chef Michael Schlow
- Mamaleh’s Delicatessen will offer its delicious deli classics
- Chef Tim and Nancy Cushman – known for their restaurants o ya and Hojoko will take over two kitchens with a pair of Asian concepts
- James Beard-Award winner Tony Maws will serve Craigie Burger
- 2 bars featuring seasonal craft cocktails, local beers, and a selection of more than 20 wines
Time Out Market Boston hours will be Mondays–Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Fridays from 7:30 a.m–midnight, Saturdays from 9 a.m.–midnight, Sundays from 9 a.m.–11 p.m.
Time Out has aggressive growth plans after the success of the hugely popular Time Out Market Lisbon which opened in 2014. Time Out Markets are also set to open in Miami, New York, Chicago and Montréal in the coming year with more planned globally. You can learn more about Time Out food halls here.
Heather and Colin Lynch of Bar Mezzana, Shore Leave, No Relation, and the soon-to-open Black Lamb brasserie on Tremont Street in the South End
The team behind the popular restaurants Bar Mezzana and Shore Leave / No Relation will be opening a third restaurant in the South End called Black Lamb in the space previously occupied by Stephi’s on Tremont Street, that closed earlier this year.
Located at 571 Tremont Street in the heart of the South End, Black Lamb is described as an “American brasserie” and will serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Although there are few details about the new restaurant, plans are for it to open later this summer.
You can follow their progress on their IG account, @blacklambbos. More information about Black Lamb from EaterBoston here.
Lately, it seems that we’ve had more than our share of overcast and rainy days, but as the saying goes, April showers – brings May flowers. However, there are a few sunny days expected in the coming week so I thought I should share a great blog post that the folks over at EaterBoston published last month and which they will continue to update that shares restaurants that have opened their patios.
If you’re like me, you love eating and drinking outside but unless you’ve traveled it has probably been several months since you’ve last enjoyed dining al fresco. Check out which restaurant patios are currently open by visiting here.