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Moksa, Central Sq


Moksa – 450 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Oh hi! Its been a while, I know. That’s what a new, demanding job will do to you. Don’t get me wrong, I have continued to go out and eat my way through the city, take food photos, make notes, and write up drafts, but the sitting down and cleaning them up part has been something I am struggling with. Ok, enough about me, lets talk about stuffing our faces at Moksa in Central Sq.

I was stoked (stoked? Who am I?) when Moksa opened up in Central Sq last year. Having lived in Central Sq for years its fantastic to see all these new places popping up. We paid a visit to Moksa a couple of months after they opened and were looking forward to a few cocktails and nibbles after work. It was fairly nice out so we sat outside and kept sitting there for what seemed like forever until someone came over to take our drink order. I got the Peking Sailor which is Hendricks Gin, Campari, Elderflower Vinegar, Bubbly and Cucumber (they had me at Gin and Bubbly). The drink was ok, not sure it was my favorite thing ever (I switched to wine right after) but how it was served was hilarious. I don’t think it was meant to be ironically funny but when the waitress came out with these big glasses brimming with umbrellas and tchotchkes (thanks for the spell check, BL!) I couldn’t help but blush and look around hoping no one had seen the ridiculous cocktail I was about to drink. I mean, we are two women in their 30s in Central Sq, not at Senor Frogs on Spring Break in Cancun. I understand how many may like this sort of attention but it’s just not our thing. After much giggling we moved on to the menu and waited for our waitress again.

We decided to share a few small plates starting with the Vietnamese Spring Roll with Cilantro-Lime Sauce. This dish was delivered to the wrong table but eventually found its way to us. The Spring Rolls were pretty simple, fresh and overall pretty good, probably the best thing we ordered.


Next we got the Thai Green Papaya and Mango Salad with Peanuts, Mint & Chili Lime dressing. Unfortunately neither of us were really a fan of this one. It was a little bland and the peanuts on the soft side which didn’t add that crunch we were hoping for. Next.


I had the highest hopes for this next dish, the Popcorn Shrimp with Spicy Remoulade. If you know me at all you know I always lean towards shrimp dishes whether they are fried, buffaloed (yes, I am making that a verb), grilled, tossed with pasta, however you want to make them I will eat them. I’m pretty much the white nerdy version of Bubba from Forrest Gump.  Anyways, popcorn shrimp is one of my favorites and adding remoulade to any fried food makes it a baller dish, I could eat that shit by the spoonful.

The remoulade was fantastic but the shrimp were super dry. They were on a small salad that added some moisture but then they sat on top of another dry bready thing. Too much breading on the shrimp which contributed to the dryness. Pass me my recockulous cocktail to get this to go down, please.


We wrapped up the night with the Vegetarian Fried Rice with Carrots, Onion & Sake Shoyu. Totally fine but nothing to write home about.


After dinner we sat with empty glasses for over 20 minutes before we got up and went inside to ask them if we could pay. Can we please pay? Please? We’d like to give you money. Okthanks.

Needless to say, we weren’t fans of the service or food. I’ve heard the dance club in the back is decent and recently had a friend who got the bartender to swap shoes with her so she could go in (no flip-flops allowed) which has boosted my opinion but I think I’ll be going down the road for food in the future.

How did Moksa measure up? 2 Spoons!


First Printer, Harvard Sq


Where: First Printer – 15 Dunster St. Cambridge, MA 02138
When: April 2012

The name “First Printer” still sounds a little odd too me as a restaurant name but I suppose it makes sense as this new restaurant is on Dunster Street which is apparently where the first printer was ever housed.

We walked in and waited to be seated while the somewhat frazzled hostess tried to find someone to help the gentleman waiting ahead of us. The atmosphere is pretty cool with a “printer” theme, booths (my fav), and large bar.

We both started with the Sparking Sauvignon Blanc, Colombard, Chardonnay – Veuve du Vernay Brut which was different (sparkling!) and refreshing. A perfect summer drink even though its not quite summer.

For starters I got the raw Cape Cod Oysters with Caves de Pomerol Mignonette. The oysters, although small, were very good as was the mignonette. I am always surprised by how expensive oysters are though – I need to seek out some cheap but good oyster bars in Boston (note to self).

Alyssa got the Brie en Croute which came with apricot brown sugar jam, toasted almonds, house made pickles, and baguette crisps. I had a piece of the brie which was really good – I loved the apricot brown sugar jam. Alyssa liked it as well and said the little jar of pickles was good too although I couldn’t bring myself to try them (I’m not a cheese and pickle person). Another time.

For our meals we both got soups and shared a side of Braised Baby Spinach, Rainbow Swiss Chard and Broccoli Rabe. I got the First Printer Clam Chowder and Alyssa got the Guinness Beef Stew. The greens were fine although pretty watery and nothing to write home about. Both soups were really disappointing though. They tasted as though they were made a couple days earlier and had just been sitting in big pots over a water bath. The texture of the clam chowder was really unappealing and it wasn’t particularly flavorful. Alyssa didn’t get halfway through her stew saying she wouldn’t have ordered it if she had known it would be like this. Sad.

Overall, I was disappointed with dinner but enjoyed the atmosphere and would go back for drinks. I’d like to try a couple other things on their menu as perhaps soups were a mistake.

How did First Printer measure up? 2 Spoons!

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