For months I have been hearing about the opening of chef Patricia Yeo's new restaurant, Moksa. The buzz started in the fall with reports that the chef, formerly of Ginger Park and Om, was planning a personal venture in Cambridge. Bit by bit, the details came to light - the place would be in Central Square, the menu would feature Asian food served tapas style, and finally, it would open in March.
After weeks of anticipation, I finally made a reservation to try Moksa with two friends. We took the T from Park Street to Central Square and popped out at the Mass Ave and Prospect St intersection. Moksa is just two blocks away, right next to one of my favorite dance spots, the Phoenix Landing.
The hostess took us to our table in the main dining room. That space has black walls, wooden tables and chairs and pops of red and orange from the place settings.
After we settled in to our booth our waiter appeared to offers us cocktail menus. The menu is centered around the Chinese signs of the zodiac - the dragon, the rat, the pig - you get the drift.
We went with the silver peony, the peking sailor (the pink drink advertised on the chalkboard) and the shanti shanti.
Next we shifted our concentration to the food menu. Moksa's menu is designed for sharing, which means you can try a handful of different things without feeling like a piggy. Between the three of us we ordered eight dishes.
The first dish to arrive was the crab rangoon. The girls said the outside was crunchy while the inside was stuffed with a hearty amount of crab meat. Though crab rangoon is normally known (and loved) for it's cream cheese, the girls said they barely tasted any cream cheese, they only tasted the bold flavor of crab.
here) that the restaurant offers green tea ice cream, which I was dying to try, so when our waiter asked if we'd like to hear the dessert specials for the evening I said, "yes!"
We did decide to order the green tea ice cream, but also opted for the sweet potato beignets.
The ice cream arrived and it was a brilliant, Ninja Turtle green. I had high hopes for this frozen delicacy, but every bite tasted like having green tea leaves in your mouth. Instead of ice cream with a hint of green tea, it tasted like a frozen cup of green tea that had been steeped for too long. Bust!
writing, "I want Moksa to pull itself together. I want food that is hot, sour,
sweet, and salty all at once, that makes my taste buds do the wave. I
believe Yeo can achieve this. But it’s getting harder to keep the
When we were leaving the restaurant I noticed that Moksa actually has an outdoor patio! I'm not sure why I didn't notice this when we walked in, but that was a pleasant discovery.
Moksa. Go for a late night out with friends where you drink, nosh on dumplings and bob your head to Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend."