The evolution of Whisk continues. The once simply named pop-up has gone through a number of iterations over the past few years, from Whisk to Whisk at Wink & Nod to Whisk at Fazenda to Brassica Kitchen + Cafe preview nights at Fazenda that were known as the Forest Hills Social Club (Brassica Kitchen + Cafe at Forest Hills Social Club at Whisk at Fazenda?) to its permanent form, which officially debuted yesterday in Jamaica Plain: Brassica Kitchen + Cafe.
Keeping with the space's previous life as Fazenda Cafe, Brassica still functions as a cafe during the day, and at night, it serves a dinner menu that features a six-course tasting as well as small plates and a few larger entrees.
The tasting menu, which comes in omnivore, pescetarian, and vegetarian versions, is $65 a piece, which includes five savory courses, dessert, and espresso for those who dare guzzle post-dinner caffeine. The dishes that make up the tastings are also available a la carte, mostly as small plates but with a few larger versions as well. Outside of the tasting menu dishes, there are two other a la carte options: a burger with a ton of optional add-ons (fried egg, candied anchovy, foie gras torchon, and more) and a small or large portion of fried chicken. Edible flowers seem to make their way onto all dishes; don't be afraid to eat them. (They also serve as a nice aesthetic complement to half of the dishware, which features floral patterns like you'd find at your grandmother's house. The rest is by local potter Jeremy Ogusky, whose dishes and bowls are popping up with increasing frequency at Boston-area restaurants.)
Cocktails, priced in the $10-$13 range, include options like Tiki Thing (Plantation Pineapple rum, El Dorado 12-year, Aperol, pineapple gomme, orange juice, pineapple juice, coconut water) and Goldrush (bourbon, yerba mate honey, lemon, orange bitters).
Here's a look at the opening dinner menu:
Brassica's cafe hours are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends, and dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Keep an eye out for the launch of brunch, coming soon.
[Photo: Dessert at Brassica Kitchen/Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater]