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Cutting-edge, seasonally-inspired fare


May 28, 2013

asta"I'm Alex, that's Shish, and this is the Taste Adventure." With that, Chef/owner Alex Crabb explained the name of the Back Bay’s newest culinary star. Crabb (a L'Espalier alum) and co-owner Shish Parsigian provided guests with a comprehensive introduction to their labor of love, stopping to answer questions about the edgy, modern fare and hip environs. Guests watched the open kitchen at work, and the friendly kitchen staff delivered numerous surprise bites to the table: an amuse of "rooftop radishes" from Dorchester was a tasty display of the kitchen's commitment to local sourcing, while Campari-poached rhubarb provided a delightful pre-dessert touch. For a young chef, Crabb has quite the resume, most notably having staged at the French Laundry and Copenhagen’s Noma. Sommelier Paige Farrell (formerly of Menton) wowed everyone with truly inspired beverage pairings that ran the gamut from cloudy Junmai sake to a surprisingly delicate Greek wine.


2011 Gemischter Satz, Fritz Wieninger, Austria
Fava beans, sheep's milk cheese, mushrooms


2012 Rosé, "Les Cimels," Château d'Or et de Gueules, France
Asparagus, mousseron mushrooms, fried egg


Junmai Nigori Sake, "Pure Snow," Shimizu No Mai, Japan
"After the Storm," seaweed, salmon roe, mussels


2011 "Young Vines," Thymiopoulos Xinomavro, Greece
Quail, escargot, green garlic, fava leaves


2011 Moscato d'Asti, Albino Rocca, Italy
Almond and apricot, rosemary milk