it was pork belly’s birfuday last thursday so we decided to celebrate it at Asta.
Asta, standing for Alex & Shish’s Taste Adventure, is Alex Crabb’s first restaurant after serving as sous chef at L’espalier for over five years.
parking wouldve been a pain, but fortunately they share the valet at Deuxave next door.
we sat at the ‘bar’ overlooking the kitchen. i loved the setup. it felt very cozy like i was dining at someone’s kitchen.
asta only offers tasting menus available in three, five and eight courses. they allow everyone at the table get different tasting menus which was awesome. ive read good reviews on the 5 course tasting and someone mentioned the 8 course was ‘overly conceptual’, so i was curious about that as well.
2008 Schoenheitz riesling ‘lisenberg’ alsace
duck heart, green almond milk, carpaccio
8-course tasting #1. oyster smoked and raw with celery juice
5-course tasting #1. peas with sheep’s milk cheese from vermont and mushrooms.
8-course tasting #2. after the storm: seaweed pasta, salmon roe, lemon mussel foam.
this was probably one of the ‘conceptual’ dishes. i loved it! when chef alex brought the dish, it smelled like the ocean. i was a fan of the lemon mussel foam, the whole dish tasted like ocean it was awesome. i loved it how it incorporated visual, smell, and taste.
the chefs were super friendly
8-course tasting #3. poached arctic char with ramps and cheeries.
5-course tasting #2. asparagus with egg and ajoblanco
8-course tasting #4. quail – escagot was stuffed in the quail, green garlic, and fava leaves. this was another one of our faves.
5-course tasting #3. scallop with farro, blueberries, and coriander. the scallop was fabulous
8-course tasting #5. sweetbreads – cepes & shimeji mushrooms, sugar snap peas.
2012 ch. d’Or et de Gueules ‘les cimels’ rose rhone – i wasnt a fan of it
5-course tasting #4. beef ribeye with chopped herbs, stinging nettles, and baby radish.
i thought this was a lil underwhelming and bland. the ribeye was very well executed, but i was looking for a kick to the flavor that it’s lacking.
8-course tasting #6. lamb with beets & scallions – same thing with the lamb: very well executed but a lil bland.
8-course tasting #7. campari stewed rhubarb with ricotta, pink peppercorns and white chocolate. im not a fan of rhubarb, but the flavors worked well together.
coconut cream pie. super dericious. the sweetness was just right.
5-course tasting #5. swiss roll – chcolate, passion fruit, tobacco. im a sucker for passion fruit, this def hit the spot. rich and creamy dark chocolate with passion fruit filling. ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
8-course tasting #8. almond and apricot – rosemary milk. this was served warm. super dericious and satisfying as well.
bunny cookies )))))))) hehehehehehe
i had a great meal at asta. food was light, dericious, creative, and unique in terms of the ingredients, smell, presentation, and taste. the unfamiliar ingredients connected surprisingly well together. the presentation was beautiful. i dont think they were ‘overly conceptual’ either. its like alinea in chicago, they combine food with art. i totally dig it.
like i mentioned before, i totally love the ambience and kitchen setup. very cozy, relaxing, and entertaining. staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and accommodating. although i wish couple dishes had more flavors, the overall experience was excellent. i will def be back.
Category: Restaurants American (New) American (New)
47 Massachusetts Ave
(at Marlborough St)
Boston, MA 02115
Neighborhood: Back Bay