Chef Tim Maslow returned from David Chang’s Momofuku to open Ribelle, an Italian restaurant in Washington Square. Maslow handled the dinner menu of Strip T’s in Watertown and made it a dining destination. Now this solo effort in the former Tamarind Bay space launched with much anticipation.
I recently went to the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a culturally diverse area northwest of downtown. Sakuramen is over a year old and located in a small basement space, satisfying ramen cravings with a simple menu. About 10 minutes away is the Locolat Café.
The Skipper Restaurant serves up local comfort food. Expect a line for the cozy dining space, but an ice cream stand at the door made the wait fly by.
Japanese chain Gyu-Kaku recently opened a Boston location, adding an East Coast post to 700 other restaurants worldwide. It specializes in yakinuki, Japanese for grilled meat. In the former Ginza space off the St. Mary T stop on the green “C” line, it has a bar to the right of the hostess stand. There is plenty of seating and simple but attractive décor.
Since food trucks rolled into Boston within the last few years, one of my favorites is Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Mei Mei, or Mandarin for little sister, is how older brother Andy Li refers to his sisters Margaret (who does go by Mei) and Irene. It is also how these three siblings decided to make their dream come to life in 2011.
Pikaichi sticks to a simple but tasty menu of ramen, curry and donburi. Tucked away in Allston’s Super 88 Supermarket, it serves up Japanese comfort food in generous portions. You’ll be back to slurp up toothsome noodles in intensely rich broth. At Pikaichi, ramen is where it’s at.