The "tiny micro kitchen" that will anchor David Punch's new venture will send out buns, ramen, rice bowls, and more "east Asian soul food," Boston Magazine reports. The Sycamore chef and co-owner, along with Shane Smyth, is bringing another dining option to Newton Centre, as previously reported, and BoMag has some details on the newly-named Little Big Diner at 1247 Centre St.
Former Sycamore sous chef Daniel Scott is the soul food diner and izakaya's executive chef. Scott, also a Blue Ginger alum, is "drawing heavily from his Korean background," the Magazine reports. A first glimpse at the menu shows this influence will take the form of daily kimchi, sticky ssamjang wings, crispy rice cakes, and more.
Other offerings transcend East Asian and Hawaiian cuisine, including shoyu chicken ramen; green papaya salad; and a "chick on chick fillet," a chicken katsu cutlet with cabbage salsa fresca and black garlic mayo on a Hawaiian-style bun. There will also be a late-night rice bowl special; the Boston Globe previously reported Punch intends to stay open til 1 a.m. Head over to BoMag to see the full list.
Alison Hearn (HustleCat, Myers + Chang, Ten Tables JP) is on board to help run the 19-seat, "fast and casual" spot, and Sycamore's bar manager Scott Shoer will build the bar program. The draft cocktail list will be "extensive," BoMag reports.
The timeline for Little Big Diner hasn't been announced.