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Opening Report: Recreo Coffee; Praliné Artisanal Confections; Asiana Sushi Shabu

Recent openings around the Boston area.

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Recreo Coffee & Roasterie
Recreo Coffee & Roasterie

1) WEST ROXBURY — Recreo Coffee & Roasterie opened its shop at 1876 Centre Street on Saturday. The 18-seat cafe is the first storefront for El Recreo Estate Coffee, Inc., a Dedham-based company that imports coffee beans from co-founder Miriam Morales' family's farm in Nicaragua. The coffee shop has single-origin coffees roasted on-site, also available by the pound. Not a coffee person? There are also teas and pastries. Status: Certified open. 1876 Centre St., (617) 755-7018.

2) BELMONT — With French macarons, hand-painted chocolates, and buttery tea cookies, the late January opening of Praliné brings new sweetness to Belmont Street. So far, the artisanal confections have earned perfect reviews online. The colorful macarons come in a variety of flavors, including hazelnut, raspberry, espresso, and mandarin, and pair well with coffee, which the new shop also serves. Status: Certified open. 203 Belmont St., (617) 932-1131.

3) ALLSTON — And now for something completely different: Asiana Sushi Shabu is a new combination all-you-can-eat sushi and shabu spot in Allston. Similar to Chinese hot pot, shabu is a Japanese dish of thinly-sliced meat boiled in water. Yelpers report that in lieu of a buffet, servers take orders for sushi and shabu with an inclusive price. So far, reviews applaud quality food for a reasonable price. Status: Certified open. 137 Harvard Ave., (617) 779-0009.


203 Belmont Street, Belmont, MA 02478 (617) 932-1131 Visit Website

Asiana Sushi Shabu

137 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134 (617) 779-0009

Recreo Coffee & Roasterie

1876 Centre Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132 (617) 755-7018 Visit Website