Things that are normally associated with Chinatown: late night food, sake bombing, soup dumplings, dim sum. Things that are never associated with Chinatown: modern dishes, lounge atmosphere and cocktails - until now. Shojo opened last month and they are looking to switch things up a bit with a creative beverage program and shareable Asian small plates.
Shojo is named after an old Japanese sea spirit (on their wall mural he is depicted as a monkey) in search of a sake river. Sake is the spotlight of the beverage program but they also offer interesting house made infusions and tiki drinks as well.
Get the Reiko Greene! It's refreshing and very cucumber-y, and doesn't get watered down when the ice melts.
The Cold Tea For Two pays homage to the Chinatown tradition of drinking "tea" post 2am on a weekend night. They do a great job of making the tea taste meld with the other flavors in the drink.
As for the food, Shojo is more so the type of place you share a few apps rather than sit down for a full on dinner. The food serves as a great accompaniment to the drinks. The standout dish was the Chicken Cutlet, the tomato chutney on top made the dish almost have a Chicken Tikka Masala taste and the chicken was perfectly tender.
9A Tyler St.
Boston, MA 021111
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Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.