Patricia Yeo's Moksa is open at last, and we sashayed over to Central Square to check it out last evening. The vibe is distinctly Miami nightclub (lots of black walls, no windows, and a cavernous tryst-y nightclub in the back...oh, and blindingly bright-white bathrooms). The food is accessible and easy to share. We didn't pick up on any of the out-there flavor combos for which Chef Yeo is renowned, but we did leave quite satiated after stuffing ourselves with rice paper rolls, tuna poke, roti, and a pungent cocktail called the Snap Dragon. Yeo seemed happy and relaxed (though, sadly, she wouldn't allow a photo); she also tells us that she'll hold a tots' cooking class in the space just before Mothers' Day. Kids in a nightclub?! Why not?
Moksa's Cocktail Menu
Ace mixologist Noon Inthasuwan concocted Moksa's cocktail menu, which has a Zodiac theme. Shot options (hard liquor paired with Miller Lite!), comprise Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire. If you're feeling frisky, try the Snap Dragon.
This spicy, potent libation is made with vodka, pear liqueur, habanero vinegar, and aromatic bitters. It was our favorite drink (and we tried a few).
Plump, pink, and delicious, raw tuna comes with avocado cubes and crisp rice crackers.
Rice Paper Rolls
This Vietnamese appetizer is plumped with spicy tuna, paired with a peppery green sauce for dipping. Our sole complaint: Appetizers that come in sets of three, not four.
Kind of like a taco: whole wheat roti filled with crumbled paneer, avocado, and a couple of jalapenos for good measure.
Short Rib Roti
Sweet, supple strings of miso-braised short rib on whole wheat roti.
Chef Yeo led us to the kitchen, where she one day hopes to cure her own sausages and possibly string them from the ceiling.
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