Shojo Boston

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Shojo Boston on the first floor of what used to be China Pearl in Chinatown, Boston

Tucked underneath China Pearl, a well-known Chinese restaurant known for its dim sum for as long as I can remember, is a new modern addition to Chinatown that’s unlike any other restaurant in the neighborhood.

Hello Shojo.

Shojo is a restaurant that is pushing the edge of cuisine in Chinatown. Founded by cousins Brian and Brendan Moy, who grew up working at China Pearl, Shojo mixes together influences from Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Western style cuisine to form a modern interpretation of Asian fusion that’s fun, creative, and tasty.

The restaurant has already received a ton of recognition, such as Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston “Best Chinatown Restaurant” in 2013, Boston Magazine’s 50 Top Restaurants in 2014, and Eater’s 38 Essential Boston restaurants. In August of 2014, Chef Mark O’Leary (previously from O Ya, JM Curley, and the noodle master maker behind Guchi’s Midnight Ramen), took over as executive chef, adding even more of his creative spin on the menu.

I’ve always been a huge fan of modern Asian fusion, such as David Chang many Momofuku restaurants, Tim Cushman’s O Ya, and anything from Chef Jason Doo. Shoju has always been on my “to try” list, with its reasonable prices and really fun looking menu. One afternoon, as we were thumbing through the Reserve app on our phones trying to find a restaurant for Friday night, we saw Shojo and finally decided to reserve it.

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