Haute Spots Boston: Crudo

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If you thought the North End section of Boston was lined with just Italian restaurants, Crudo will make you reconsider. The recently opened restaurant is nestled on Salem Street, but has quickly gained attention with its Japanese fare.

Crudo
Crudo

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The Little Italy section of Boston now has a new addition that offers oyster pearls and lettuce wraps filled with pork, carrots, bean sprouts, kaiware, hoisin and Sriracha. The Pan Asian menu pays homage to its location with dishes like miso eggplant, an unexpected dish of grilled eggplant with red miso sauce, mozzarella cheese topped with wasabi micro greens.

 

To kick up your taste buds, try the pop rock shrimp, crispy fried rock shrimp tempura topped with jalapeno pepper and spicy aioli. For lighter fare, don’t miss the Shiso Healthy salad filled with fresh crab, avocado, shiso-cured salmon, wasabi stem and shiso oil or the Wicked Tuna, a fresh piece of sesame seed crusted tuna, avocado, organic mesclun greens, onion, cucumber and ginger dressing.

Crudo
Crudo

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Get started with a sampling of Executive Chef Kenichi Iwaoka’s specialties of sushi, sashimi or makimono (think Geisha Girl, a delicious combination of shrimp tempura, avocado and cucumber topped with tuna, tobiko, truffle oil, scallions and garlic chips). Summer lovers can’t get enough of the Lobster Tsnuami, a tasty lobster salad pf fried leeks and chives served on top of a grilled rice cake.

Crudo
Crudo

Photo Credit: Crudo

The two-story restaurant has a seven-seat sushi bar on the first floor as well as two bars. The first level has just a handful of tables while the second floor space offers a more dining room. White walls here are contrasted by beams of reclaimed wood from old barns in Brooklyn and Queens across the ceilings and walls. We love the mirrored waterfalls located on each floor as well as the beautiful Japanese artwork created by local artist Markus Sebastiano.

Crudo, which is located at 78 Salem Street in Boston, is open nightly for dinner. (Stay tuned this summer for a lunch introduction).

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