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Cafe 47 Back Bay

mfhazz Sep 27, 2012 11:37 AM

Does anyone know anything about this place. Back in June their facebook page said they had sold and the new owners were opening in the fall...

  1. MC Slim JB Sep 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    It's going to be an indie chef-owned thing called Asta, with a prix fixe concept. Principal is Alex Crabb, who was a sous at L'Espalier; I believe he was also the guy that made the food at Atwood's Tavern pretty interesting for a while.

    Asta looks kinda fancy and creative. Coupla food pix here, courtesy of BoMag: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/2012/08/new-restaurant-asta-back-bay/

    I like the look of that squid.


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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      StriperGuy Sep 27, 2012 01:29 PM

      You say that to all the squid...

      1. re: StriperGuy
        itaunas Sep 27, 2012 04:09 PM

        I think he likes the Photoshop job to hide the eye. That there is food plated for photographing and not eating. Scallops with farro: cilantro, pomegranate, blueberry, Japanese eggplant over a torched base (w/some kind of seed spice and presumably sugar compound for carmelization). Since this is presumably the second chef at Atwoods (the first was waiting at Magnolia last I knew) I do like his food, but jumping from there to a tasting only menu seems like a stretch to me. Hopefully a good stretch...

        1. re: itaunas
          MC Slim JB Sep 27, 2012 06:40 PM

          He was sous chef at L'Espalier for five-plus years.

          Staged at Noma, too. That had to leave a mark.


        2. re: StriperGuy
          MC Slim JB Sep 27, 2012 08:11 PM

          Whole squid is sexy as hell, but that whole cuttlefish I got at Estragon a couple of years ago still haunts my dreams. That baby was *zaftig*. Fed a table of ten.


      2. C. Hamster Sep 27, 2012 01:52 PM

        Where is it?

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        1. re: C. Hamster
          MC Slim JB Sep 27, 2012 01:59 PM

          47 Mass Ave near Marlborough, a couple of doors down from India Samraat. Was a Greek pizza place called Despina's for years, failed after the owner tried to take it a bit more upscale.


          1. re: MC Slim JB
            opinionatedchef Oct 6, 2012 09:46 AM

            is it, or India Samraat in a cellar space? Back in the early 70's there was a cellar level vegetarian place on the public garden side of mass ave, near Beacon, called Root One................

            1. re: opinionatedchef
              MC Slim JB Oct 6, 2012 10:03 AM

              India Samraat is in a ground-floor space. Kebab 'n Kurry was an Indian spot in a nearby basement space on the other side of Mass Ave for many years. It's now that fondue place, the Wine Cellar.


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