Comedor opened over the weekend as expected, bringing Chilean-American small plates to Newton Centre, from rabbit empanadas (served with carrot salsa, naturally) to crispy venison milanesa. Owner Jakob White and Fernanda Tapia White, who recently married, are both alums of 51 Lincoln (also in Newton), and more recently, they've worked in sister restaurants Sarma (Fernanda) and Oleana (Jakob).
One of the defining features of Comedor is the open kitchen; take a seat at the chef's bar for the best view. "I used to do cooking classes," Fernanda previously told Eater, "and I found that people were so interested in that. We thought it would be cool to make food, our way, right out in front of people. So we built everything around that concept." The menu is intended to be "fun and playful" (see the aforementioned rabbit-and-carrot duo), and there are a lot of vegetarian options. Save room for dessert if the words "tempura-fried brownie with dulce de leche" excite you.
Alas, you can't rush out tonight to try it; Comedor is closed on Mondays. But it's open the other six days of the week from 5 p.m. to midnight.
105 Union Street, Newton, MA 02459