On Wednesday night, Blog and Tweet Boston hosted a blogger dinner at Moksa in Cambridge. The Pan Asian restaurant is located in Central Square and is known for its unique tapas and cocktails. Since I had been stalking the online menu a week or so before the meet-up, I couldn’t wait to see what the fuss was about.
Upon arriving I noticed the modern look of the restaurant. I waited with a handful of bloggers near the front door before the reception started and admired the large, sleek bar area and the atmosphere. Moksa is definitely one of the trendier restaurants in the area but it is also comfortable, which I liked.
We were then led to the second dining room in the middle of the restaurant and seated at a small bar for our cocktail hour. Our bartender whipped up a warm punch drink and I swear, I would drink this every day of my life if it was socially acceptable to, umm… be buzzed 24/7. Maybe it was because of the wind chill I had just experienced while walking to the restaurant, or maybe I was smitten by the grilled pineapple chunks floating in my mason jar — I’m not sure. I do know that I’m obsessed, though and would return to Moksa just to order that beverage.
After drinks, we were seated at a large table and handed menus for a four course meal complete with cocktail and wine pairings. We were also served dumplings and octopus balls which were delicious and tied us over until dinner.
Our first course was a flavorful butternut squash soup with coconut infused curry and soy beans. Now, I’ve made butternut squash soup on multiple occasions including Thanksgiving and I thought my recipe was decent, but I will now be ditching that for Moksa’s. This soup was wonderful! I decided to pair my soup with a Fall Manhattan complete with Bourbon, roasted buttercup squash, cider, honey, and baking spices.
The second course was my favorite. We were served spicy tuna dumplings with guacamole and Thai mango sauce. It was the perfect combination of savory and sweet, and I loved the crunch. I paired my dumplings with a Peking Sailor. This was the most unique drink of the night because the ingredients included gin, campari, elderflower vinegar, cucumber, and bubbly. It was light and refreshing.
We were given three options for our main course: kung pao angel hair, 7 spice crusted salmon, and paneer masala. Since I’m a fish lover, I went with the salmon. The fish was cooked perfectly and served on a bed of greens, masaman curry, and rice. I decided on The Liberator cocktail which was made of rum, curacao, mint, and lime. Moksa is also known for their variety of wines but I couldn’t resist the expansive cocktail menu!
Dessert, a warm coconut rice pudding with pumpkin bits, was served with a warm milk and honey drink and it was the perfect way to end a night of socializing and delicious food.
Needless to say, my experience at this restaurant was a positive one. I’m already planning my next visit with my husband and friends. Oh, and they also have games and dancing in the back. How fun is that?
450 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139