1375 Washington Street Boston, MA 02118
We decided to go out for a celebratory dinner to celebrate my recent raise and his new car. (errrrm toy, its really HIS new toy… he says that I can drive it sometimes, but we’ll see how often that happens!). I selected BanQ. Its currenlty on the Hot Spots list at OpenTable.com. BanQ in a former Penny Savings Bank space in the South End. It has a vibe quite unlike other places in Boston…a casual, exotic, modern elegance. The front portion of the restaurant is the bar area with several pub eight tables and cafe doors that open onto Washington Street. The dining room is in the back and has high-walled booths lining 2 of the walls and bamboo tables and low-backed chairs throughout the rest of the space. There is a floor to ceiling curtain at the back of the room creating a more private dining space for special events. The ceiling of the entire restaurant is covered in layers of curved birch panels that are oddly remniscent of those wooden dinosaur skeletons that they sell in fancy toy stores.
BanQ serves French food with an Asian twist. The menu features appitizers, and entrees divided into two areas: Cosmopolitan Taste and Spice Menu. We ordered our meal and then were were brought some complimentary mini naans with a sun-dried tomato raita. These just might be enough to get me to come back and eat a meal or 2 at the bar.
For an appetizer we shared the Warm Braised Veal Salad on a chilled spring roll ($12). The veal was thinly sliced and served on top of a salad of cherry tomatoes and frisee. It was topped with a sweet-spicy sauce. The spring roll was filled with julienned cucumbers and other sliced veggies. It was a great pick for an appetizer. I would definitely order it again.
Ali ordered the special for dinner: Filet Mignon with red pepper mashed potatoes, asparagus and roasted fig. He loved his meal. The filet was cooked medium and was perfectly seasoned. He cleaned his plate, except for the fig in the pastry cup, which he totally neglected. (poor figgy)
I ordered my entree from the Spice Menu: Spiced Striped Bass with roasted tomatoes, green chutney, and fava beans. Sorry that this picture is a little blurry, but the guys at the table next to me distracted me by saying “Go ahead a take pictures of your food, it looks so good you’ll want to remember it forever!” . heh.
The bass was redolent with spices such as cumin and corriander. The waft of scent hit me moments after the dish was placed on the table. The fish was very good as were the tomatoes and green chutney. The starch under the fish was okay, but not memorable. I don’t even remember what it was! then again, maybe my brain is just getting feeble in my old age.