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Restaurants without menus: risky or refreshing?

Posted by Kara Baskin  September 11, 2013 11:30 AM

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Innovative Union Square restaurant Journeyman announced that they're abandoning menus. Instead they'll offer a $75 surprise prix-fixe. This requires a sense of trust and adventure on the diner's part. What do you think — a hefty price for a mystery meal, or worth the risk? (They'll slash prices to $40 starting at 8:30 p.m., and they'll also maintain a regular vegetarian menu.) "We promise you will not leave hungry. We hope each meal will be a purer reflection of time and place," they write on their website. Owners Diana Kudayarova and husband Tse Wei Lim are known for taking chances: Three years ago, they bravely chronicled the experience of opening a restaurant during a recession for the Globe. The gamble paid off. Will it now? Would you rather see a menu and strategize your meal in advance, or would you rather be surprised?

Journeyman, 9 Sanborn Ct., Somerville

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