Shōjō sounds intriguing: The menu showcases unusual-for-Chinatown fare like surf-clam tacos. The cocktail list is long and leans toward tiki. And the place is named after a mythical part-monkey/part-man who's on a quest for a never-ending sake river (we've all been there). If we want a taste of this excitement, though, we must plan very carefully. So should you!
We've received a release informing us that, while China Pearl's downstairs neighbor is "officially" open for business, the hours are limited until September. "For the first month they are open from 5:30-11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday," writes a rep. Come fall, they'll embark upon more regularly scheduled programming (lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., "small bites" served from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., and a full dinner menu for the rest of the night, plus a late-night menu from 11 p.m. until 1:30 a.m.).
Are they simply perfecting their duck-fat fry recipe? In the meantime, plan accordingly and postpone your nocturnal weekend tiki binges until autumn arrives.
Shōjō, 9A Tyler St., Boston, 617-423-7888