Haute Spots Boston: Wink & Nod

One of Boston’s hautest restaurants is now taking a fun approach to dining. The South End’s Wink & Nod offers a rotating pop-up food program currently featuring Akinto that allows diners to experience a variety of different flavors. The four-course tasting menu created by Executive Chef Patrick Enage is served family style and features dishes like pork hash “sisig” with quail egg yolk, calamansi and soy, and the Malaysian vegetable-pineapple fried rice with fried egg and cilantro.

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The popular restaurant embraces a speakeasy feel with its craft cocktails. Wink & Nod is a part of Boston Nightlife Ventures, which also operates The Tap Trailhouse near Faneuil Hall. The pop up restaurant program here is designed to offer a “brick-and-mortar kitchen to a new culinary team every six months.”

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Akinto’s menu has featured dishes like tea pot fish stew in a lemongrass-native clam broth and crispy whole branzino with grilled long beans, tamarind-tomato glaze and marsala. Wink & Nod’s latest Southeast Asian menu focuses on street food inspired fare from Chef Enage. His menu is inspired by the flavors of his native Philippines as well as India, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan and Laos.

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Here is a sneak peek at the new tasting menu:

To Begin
Roti Paratha, Red Curry Dipping Sauce
Cucumber Salad, Bean Sprouts, Toasted Sesame
Marinated Shiitake Mushrooms

Spicy Pork “Drop Wontons”, Anise BBQ, Toasted Sesame-Rice Wine, Peanut Paste
Pork Hash “Sisig”, Quail Egg Yolk, Calamansi, Soy
Head On Chili Shrimp, House Sambal, Patola

Kabayaki Glazed Swordfish Belly, Taiwan Lettuce, Salted Duck Egg Vinaigrette
Braised Oxtail, Black Bean-Water Spinach, Jasmine Rice
Roasted Duck Bao Bun, Hoisin-Ginger Sauce, Green Onion

Vegetable-Pineapple Fried Rice, Fried Egg, Cilantro
Chicken Tom Kha Gai, Thai Coconut Broth, Lemongrass, Lime
Teapot Fish Stew, Lemongrass-Clam Broth
Kalbi, XO-Coconut Glaze, Calamansi, Cilantro, Flowering Chives, Peanuts

Mango Sorbet, Lychee Boba, Chili Essence
Turon, Banana Fritter, Jack Fruit, Smoky Caramel

Wink & Nod is located at 3 Appleton Street