A classic menu built around prime steaks awaits diners at the forthcoming Strip by Strega. Zagat has the lunch and dinner offerings in its entirety.
The food from executive chef Farouk Bazoune, who also helmed the kitchen at restaurateur Nick Varano's other steakhouse concept, Strega Prime in Woburn, brings more international flair than Prime's. Two tuna dishes highlight this on Strip's list of first courses: yellowfin sashimi is served with miso soy aioli, jalapenos, orange, and radish, and a tartare features a soy sesame aioli, avocado, Japanese sesame sauce goma dare, and lotus root chips. For main courses, Chilean sea bass is paired with potato dumplings, morels, English peas, and green garlic; Faroe Island salmon comes with farotto as the grain, fingerling potatoes, fava beans, and artichokes.
Classic Italian dishes are present, though Strip does not have a full pasta menu like other Varano Group restaurants. Linguini with clams and bolognese with Wagyu beef, veal, and pancetta are dinner options.
Of course, Strip's raison d'etre is its prime steaks. All served with house truffle butter, the cuts range from a $29 eight-ounce sirloin to a long bone-in Delmonico for $58. The six-ounce Japanese Wagyu steak is market price. A la carte sides include a seasonal risotto; gnocchi and cheese with an optional lobster add-on; and colorful, marble potatoes in duck fat.
A handful of the steaks are present during lunch hours. In addition to select dinner entrees and some lunch-only plates, the daytime crowd has their choice of five sandwiches. The Strega burger comes with fontina cheese, sauteed onions, and Parmesan frites for $14, and there's a Maine lobster roll for $21.
Located on the first floor of the under-renovation Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Strip by Strega opens next Saturday, April 18. Lunch will be served every day from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., with dinner service from 4 - 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. The bar crowd can hang around daily until 2 a.m.