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Jason Doo Plans to Open Kinsai This Fall And There Is Nothing Like It in Boston

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JD-2013-01-29-at-9.42.07-AM.jpgYes, Menton alum Jason Doo is opening a restaurant in Boston as previously suspected, and it will be called Kinsai. Suspicions were raised after Doo threw two stunning preview dinners last year, as chronicled by Tiny Urban Kitchen, which Harvard's Science & Cooking series Facebook page described as a tasting for a restaurant concept named "Kin-Sai" (the Tiny Urban Kitchen posts were titled "A Taste of Kinsay"). When asked if the chef had any plans for a Boston restaurant, an associate of Doo's said "We are currently planning the next steps towards serving a broader audience." Sure enough, Boston Magazine now confirms that it's happening, saying Kinsai will be "an ambitious upscale Chinese project" planning for a fall opening. Per Boston Magazine, it will feature a "nightly chef's-table tasting menu—with set, 20-odd-course dinners" and "1930s-Shanghai-style craft cocktails and snacks." If Kinsai is anything like the preview dinner, this is going to be huge, because there's nothing quite like this in Boston to date. See below for the dishes served at the preview dinners and get excited.

From Tiny Urban Kitchen's experience at preview dinners one and two:

Mast Brother's Cocoa Nib and Black Sesame Crackers
Palmiers with Broadbean and Fresh Soybean Tapenade
Savory Pumpkin and Scallion Madeleines
Boule of Nine Sacred Grains
Dowager's Corn Cake
Tangzong 65° C Milk Bread
Scallion Pancake
Spiced Cashews and Walnuts
Crispy Coconut Pork Skins
Taro Root Poofs
Carrot Bing
Char Siu Bao
Xiao Long Bao
Har Gow
10-way Mushroom Hot Pot
Sweet and Sour Parsnip with Pine
Beggar's Chicken
Liaja Millet Noodle Salad
Chestnut Fried Rice
King Crab
Gailan (Chinese Broccoli) with Roasted Oyster Jus
Burgundy Snails with Almond and Yellow Chive Curry
Steamed Whole Fish
Kaffir Lime Majong Tiles
Sichuan Peppercorn Truffles
Soursop Bon Bons
Mangosteen Bon Bons
Pork Cracklings (Puffed Style) with Black Lime and Coconut Cream Powder
Xianbei with Chili Threads and Dried Shrimp
Shrimp Chips
Caramelized Nuts with Cardamom
Char Siu Roasted Octopus with Garlic and Parsley Vinaigrette
Tomato Salad
Pickled Vegetables
Luo Buo Gao
Wild Black Walnut Soup
Duck Two Ways
Bamboo Fried Rice
Macanese Custard Tart
Pate Fruits
Pineapple Cookies
Almond Cookies
Longjing Tea Cookies
Okara Doughnuts
Milk Candies
Chocolate Panda Cookies

· On The Horizon [Boston Magazine]
· A Taste of Kinsay [Tiny Urban Kitchen]
· Taste of Kinsay With Chef Jason Doo - Take 2 [Tiny Urban Kitchen]
· All Coverage of Jason Doo on Eater [~EBOS~]
[Photo: Jason Doo/Tiny Urban Kitchen]

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