Boston >Food & Dining > Asana
776 Boylston St, Boston, MA | Directions 0219942.348897 -71.081812
Mon-Weds 6:30am-11am, 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Thurs-Fri 6:30am-11am, 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sat 7am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun 7am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Back Bay, Prudential / St. Botolph
Exceeded all of our expectations – From the moment we arrived the service was great. The manager, I believe her name was Michelle, was eager to please and showed the utmost professionalism.
We were just as pleased with our meals. I had the wagyu beef sirloin which was was done to perfection. My wife had the large atlantic sea scallops and she wouldn't stop raving about it.
If you are ever in Boston put Asana on the top of your list for a great dining experience!
Asana is really lovely and has a poss atmosphere about it. Our server was wonderful and even gave us a small tour at the end of the our lunch. I am been several times. The food is always fabulous and the thai beef salad is a must have.
A stylish restaurant and bar within the Mandarin Oriental where you go to see and be seen, and be well dressed while doing it. – Disregard any preconception of what you think a Modern American and Asian menu looks like, because you won't find it here. Chef Nicolas Boutin incorporates organic, seasonal, locally harvested New England ingredients with classical French training, translating it all through an international scope. Good bets are the corn-fed grilled chicken tandoori or the grilled prime strip loin with Bearnaise sauce and pommes frites, paired--of course--with a bottle from the restaurant's extensive wine menu and a chunk of funky artisan cheese. Urban voyeurism gets duly indulged with floor-to-ceiling views of Boylston Street, all visible from the smooth tables made of ebony and Inca gold granite.
Best location in Back Bay – I invited my mother last saturday for dinner. The entire expererience was fantastic.
Their Nasi Goreng is phenomenal and the menu original I have to say. See their martini selection it is worth it...
Our server was all over us and made us feel very special. I will certainly return for lunch as well to see
I can cook better... – ...at home - and I'm not a great cook! My friend and I each spent approximately $50 for our meal plus a glass of wine. Neither of us thought the quality of our meal was anywhere near what it should have been for the price (although it was palatable). My friend had the Red Snapper (which was over cooked) and I had the Tandoori Chicken (which was flavorless). As to the chicken, perhaps all the spices were on the skin and since I did not eat the skin there were no spices in my meal. However, the chief should have accounted for a person avoiding the skin and seasoned the meat as well as the skin. The accompanying yogurt garnish/dip was equally flavorless with the strongest flavor being the tomatoes contained therein. Additionally, the music does not fit the general ambiance. The music was appropriate for a dance club, not at a medium/high-end restaurant. However, the bright spots were: the music was the appropriate volume level (not too loud/intrusive) and the service was impeccable.
UNDERWHELMING – My parents wanted to take my wife and I out for our first anniversary, and we chose to eat at Asana. From the moment the server arrived at the table, we all knew it was a poor decision. The service staff was "clumsy" and seemed to be poorly trained. We ordered a bottle of Sangiovese and after a decent wait, the server returned to tell us that it would be "7 minutes" because her manager was in "the back of the house". She did return promptly, but seemed like it was the first time she'd ever opened a bottle of wine.
We ordered appetizers, half the table getting the "DIM SUM", the menu stated 6 flavors. When the fried gyoza arrived, the flavors were indistinguishable. My father had the caesar, and my wife had pretty tasty squash soup, served with stone cold onion "grilled cheese". 3 appetizers were auctioned off at a time, with a considerable wait for the rest of the order to arrive.
For entrees we ordered one order of veal loin, 2 roasted duck, 2 salmon and one braised beef shortrib.
I "had" the veal, which I sent back, it was ice cold. The second round of veal was hot, overcooked and alarmingly salty, again I sent it back. In hindsight, neither time were the clams that drew me to the dish served.
The 2 duck entrees were luke warm, and the duck breast was inedible. The beef short rib tasted as though it was braised in Boston tap water, devoid of ANY flavor. The salmon was cooked perfectly and actually very flavorful. Our server was gracious, and apologized profusely, stating other examples of issues she has had in the restaurants seven days of operation.
The manager offered us dessert, we ordered a "warm brownie sundae", a macadamia cheese cake and pistachio creme brulee. The brownie was sent back, not only was it not warm, it was cold... As was the "chefs" second attempt.. The creme brulee was palatable, but had no hint of pistachio. The cheesecake, well, it was topped with gold leaf.... The best part of the meal, roobis tea, the only course I enjoyed.
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