Thursday, March 23, 2023

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I'm back again with a new edition of Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food and drink events. I hope everyone dines out safely, tips well and are nice to their servers.
1) Check out these two special events at Zuma Boston, a Japanese restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel.

Easter Brunch: Zuma is celebrating Easter all weekend long with Easter-inspired brunch offerings, and a host of holiday activities for the whole family. The restaurant, which will be decked out in balloons and oversized chic eggs, will feature Easter bunny photo opps for kids and their families; a build-your-own Easter basket station; and specialty brunch add-ons, including complimentary two-piece oysters for every adult guest, a deluxe oyster special, a prawn cocktail special, and an Easter-inspired dessert platter with a breakable egg. Zuma’s Easter brunch package starts at $95pp (adults) and $45pp (kids), and is available April 8 – 9 from 11:30 am – 2:30pm.

Boston Marathon: In celebration of the famed Boston Marathon, Zuma is unveiling a specialty protein-packed omakase menu perfect for runners looking to fuel up or recover after their race. Available only through race weekend, Zuma’s “marathon omakase”, features four courses with dozens of protein options to choose from including prawn and black cod dumplings with spicy ponzu, rock shrimp tempura with chili tofu, chef’s selection of nigiri, spicy beef tenderloin with sesame and red chili sweet soy, and more. End the night on a sweet note with Zuma’s famed deluxe dessert platter that features freshly cut fruit, Zuma’s beloved molten lava cake, and a host of other sweet treats. Zuma’s marathon omakase starts at $145pp and is available from April 15-17th.

2) For other Easter options, consider the following:

Bistro du Midi, is treating guests to a three-course, prix fixe brunch menu this Easter from 10:30 a.m to 3 p.m. for $80 per person. Known for its French cuisine inspired by New England’s coastal region, the restaurant will be offering guests a choice of menu options including duck confit foie gras waffles, Spanish octopus au poivre, Eggs Benedict, cured ora king salmon, croque madame, vanilla bean crème brûlée, and more. During the evening the regular dinner menu will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations can be made HERE (and you can check out the full brunch menu too).

Chef Robert Sisca and The Banks Fish House team will be offering guests two opportunities to share an Easter meal with them- with additional a la carte menu specials during Easter brunch and dinner service. The Banks’ brunch service will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Easter dinner will be available from 5 to 9 p.m. A la carte specials available at both services include, Squid Ink Chitarra with maine uni, jumbo lump crab, cherry tomatoes, and mint; Bluefin Tuna Crudo with Osetra caviar, crème fraîche, and crispy rice; and Steak, Eggs & Fried Oysters with 8oz flat iron steak, fried island creek oysters, sunny side up eggs, and grilled toast. To make a reservation, please visit HERE (and you can check out the full menu too).   

Chef Will Gilson’s Puritan & Co., located in Cambridge’s Inman Square, will be bringing back its Sunday brunch service specially for Easter Sunday. Available at 10:30 a.m. for $65 per person, the three-course brunch menu will include options like phyllo-wrapped cod with lobster stew, grilled skirt steak & eggs with potato mille feuille, wild mushroom & kale scramble with focaccia, and potato-leek soup with seared scallops. An a la carte children’s menu will also be available. Reservations can be made HERE.

Chef Will Gilson’s Italian destination Geppetto will be offering a special, four-course Easter dinner for $65 per person. The menu will include choices like saffron arancini with black garlic aioli, kampachi crudo with salsa verde, linguini with clams, and chicken milanese. An a la carte children’s menu will also be available. Please visit HERE for more details and to make a reservation.

Chef Will Gilson and his team at The Lexington will be offering a special, three-course Easter brunch for $50 per person. The menu will include choices like crab cake, pastrami smoked salmon with potato waffle, steak and eggs, and wild mushroom scramble. An a la carte children’s menu will also be available. Please visit HERE for more details and to make a reservation.

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