The Taste of Allston

The Taste of Allston

June 30, 2009


On Sunday afternoon I attended the Taste of Allston with Sara, where she was manning the Yelp booth. The event wasn’t as superb as I had hoped, but the rain stayed away and I discovered a few Allston restaurants I’ll definitely be stopping by. I live close to Allston but typically only go there when I’m craving Sunset Bar and Grill’s nachos and amazing beer selection. So it’s good to have a couple reasons to go back now.

I’m always looking for good Indian food in the city and though I’ve heard of Grain and Salt, I didn’t know anything about it. The food was pretty good and it’s possible I’d go try their restaurant since I’m pretty close to it, though I am quite partial to Rani in Coolidge Corner.

And Grain and Salt does have pretty mixed Yelp reviews, so I’m while the food was good at the Taste of Allston, I wonder if it’s worth the cost at the restaurant. Their Chicken Tika Masala had great flavor, but could have used a bit more of a kick, but I’m thinking you could probably ask for that in a restaurant setting.

I thought I knew most good sushi places in the Boston-area, so how have I never heard of the Fish Market in Allston? They brought with them a huge and awesome selection of sushi, unbelievable for a little outdoor festival. I think the Fish market is actually pretty new to Allston and what a fabulous way for them to introduce themselves to us!

And they have 4.5 stars on Yelp with absolutely amazing reviews. I wanted to try everything, but they limited attendees to 2 pieces of sushi for obvious reasons.

I really liked the unique spicy tuna sushi. The unagi-avo (eel and avocado) wasn’t the best I’ve had, but then again, I feel like it’s probably pretty hard to serve sushi in a non-restaurant setting.

I’ll be visiting the Fish market very soon to try everything else they have to offer!

YoMa was definitely another of my favorite Allston discoveries and Sara and I already have plans to go for dinner late this week. We LOVE discovering new ethnic food and had never tried Burmese food before.

The dish we tried was called JinnThot and was a ginger salad. Seeing that ginger is one thing Sara and I can’t get enough of, we were pretty obsessed with this salad. It’s shredded sweet and sour ginger mixed with fresh shallot, grounded peanut, roasted sesame seeds, crispy peas, and grounded dried shrimp. It was super spicy and delicious. Almost all of YoMa’s dishes contain ginger, making me wonder why we haven’t discovered this place yet.

Of course there were some samples of alcohol at the Taste of Allston as well. I was impressed with the selection of Sam Adams beer and especially enjoyed the Cherry Wheat.

Presidente Beer was also there. And Pearl Vodka made some awesome “healthy” pina coladas with their coconut vodka and pineapple juice. Such a good idea!

Overall, I’m glad I attended the Taste of Allston for the few new restaurants I did discover and I can’t wait to go try them. What’s your favorite Allston-area restaurant?


6 Responses to "The Taste of Allston"

  1. Ace says:

    I used to live in Allston, across the street from Yoma actually. My fav is by far Deep Ellum. They have perfect portion size and an amazing beer selection. There are also a few really cute creperies and a great thai place on Harvard, sadly I can't remember the name. Allston gets a bad rap but there are some really great places there if you're willing to look.

  2. Sara says:

    great writeup, sus! i can't wait to go to yoma!

  3. Boston Food Diary says:

    Awesome! Wish I could have made it to this! Glad it was such a great event!

  4. Quinn says:

    That was a ridiculous amount of sushi – no wonder they limited two per person. And I rarely can do sushi outside of a restaurant setting. Even the most gourmet of grocery stores just cannot compare.

  5. Maris says:

    I would love to hear more about those Pina Coladas.

    Sam's seasonal ales are the best – one of the only beers I like!

  6. casey says:

    YoMa is the BEST. Try their Green Tea salad, or their tofu salad. And Y4 with pork is amazing. No, I don’t work there, I’m just a dedicated patron. 🙂

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