I seriously can’t think of a better way to resurrect my blog other than a restaurant review/blogger event with Blog and Tweet Boston, amirite?
Enter Moksa, a Pan Asian restaurant in central square, Cambridge. My girl Jessica and I arrived early and gave ourselves a quick tour. Who knew this place was so big? The front room is a bar/lounge area, perfect for casual eats and drinks. The middle is dinning, where 20-something of us bloggers were later seated for dinner. The back room, which I didn’t even know existed, is Naga, their entertainment venue. At the time it was being set up for game night- hello twister and bocce! Yes, I said twister. There’s also a full bar in there. Pretty sure it’s a club on the weekends.
As the rest of the group began to arrive, we were soon greeted with a rum punch made with Novo Fogo Cachaca, and what may very well be my new favorite fall cocktail:
Served warm. Right down my gullet it went.
And then. There was food. First up, Vegetable Gyozas:
Next, an Oven Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with coconut infused curry and young soy bean. THANK YOU Moksa for sharing this recipe with us. I’m definitely going to make it myself, and pass it on to readers. This soup really set the bar high for me for the rest of the night. I paired the soup with a Fall Manhattan: Bourbon, roasted butternut squash, cider, honey, and baking spice.
For the second course, Spicy Tuna Dumplings. Nice and crispy, and I love love LOVED the guacamole and Thai mango sauce that accompanied. This I paired with the Peking Sailor: Hendrick’s gin, Campari, Elderflower vinegar, cucumber and bubbly.
The Central Roll was light and refreshing: Cucumber wrap, crabstick, avocado, daikon, shiso, tobiko & sesame yuzu drizzle.
For the main course I chose the 7 Spice Crusted Salmon. And yes, I paired that with THE LIBERATOR: Oakheart Rum, Chartreuse, Curacao, mint and lime. Very similar to a mojito and very delicious.
Lastly, a dish of Warm Coconut Rice Pudding paired with Milk and Honey, a dessert drink of Cognac, Rooibos Milk and Boston Honey. I’ve never been a fan of either rice pudding or dessert drinks, so I can’t really comment on the two. The drink in particular was too sweet for my taste. I did, however, like the crunchy cigar-shaped pastry served on top!
I could see myself heading back there to sit at the bar and try more of their sushi. I LOVE SUSHI FOOD. The drinks are delicious, the staff is friendly and helpful, and their eats are very reasonably priced. Nom Nom or Techie Roll, anyone?
Moksa is located at 450 Massachusetts Ave in Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139.