Shojo - wait on Fri / Sat?
So, I was wrong about the reservations, which they do accept. Unfortunately we did not have a reservation the Friday before last and they were fully committed when we walked in. We were going to wait for seats at the bar, but they made a table for us before we would even get a drink.
We enjoyed our meal very much. Their website and menu say "Our menu changes every week depending on the availability of fresh and local ingredients." The waiter, who gave great service, informed us that it really changed about 4x a year on a seasonable basis, with specials mixed in from time to time. A new menu should be up this week. We enjoyed all the dishes we tried and will be back soon:
-Hot & Sour Soup: One of the best versions I have had anywhere. Just the right level of spice and heat, with good depth of flavor. This was more tom yum style than traditional Chinese hot & sour. I'd order it again and again. The waiter told us they have had some complaints that the soup was more thai style.
-Grilled Calamari Salad: I love grilled calamari and this dish did not disappoint. The calamari had a nice char flavor and was cooked perfectly.
- Suckling Pig Bao: The pork was succulent, but the pork to bun ratio was off for me (not enough pork). This is a matter of personal taste though, I am pretty picky about buns.
- Salmon w/ Dashi Glaze: We were told this was a specialty of the chef, but it is probably out least favorite dish of the night. The fish was fresh and well cooked, but the flavors did not live up to the other dishes we had that night.
- Korean Bbq Pork Chop with braised kale, persimmon puree, pomegranate seeds: Pretty much a perfect dish, even my wife ate some of the fat.
- Homemade kimchi: Yes please. Can I get an order to go?
Overall, some of the freshest and best prepared asian food we have had in awhile. The prices are high for Chinatown, but reasonable for the excellent meal served. The entire staff was welcoming and professional. We didn't have cocktails, but did some damage on the sake list. The bartender's choice sake of the night seems like it will always be a good deal. Shojo is a welcome addition to Chinatown.
I wish we could make it there this weekend for their eight course dinner inspired by traditional New Years Dishes from different parts of Asia for $68. We will be celebrating the event throughout dinner service from 5:30-11 PM. The regular menu will not be available. To reserve a spot, call us directly at 617-423-7888. Reservations are highly recommended. Also, in celebration of The People’s Holiday, or Everybody’s Birthday, and The Chinese New Year Parade in Chinatown on Sunday, February 17th, Shōjō will be open from 11:00 am with the same special menu items available a la carte with last seatings at 6:30 PM.
I'm a big fan, too, Gabatta, so I'm glad you liked it. I'd say that significant chunks of the menu have been changing every couple of weeks since they opened, with a Strip-T's like fluidity between lunch and dinner, several dishes moving in and out from week to week.
I also enjoyed a pretty extraordinary pig roast they did as a special event one night, would go back to another one of those if they decided to repeat it. Good, solid, inventive modern Asian fare, very friendly and hard-working service, and terrific cocktails in Chinatown, the last of which would be worthy of itself.
re: MC Slim JB
Looks like the Phantom was right for once - proving the old adage about broken clocks. I just saw a segment on Shojo where they talk up the food and how the cocktails were wonderful. I said "yeah right" to both, although the visuals of the food really did look pretty damn good. Look it up here and even Mr Slim is raving about it. I'm officially adding it to my list now.