A recently opened Tiki restaurant in Boston’s South End neighborhood is about to debut a nine-seat omakase sushi bar within its walls. As of January 4, Shore Leave — from the team behind neighboring Bar Mezzana — will be home to No Relation (11 William E. Mullins Wy.), an intimate sushi bar accessed via a hallway at the back of Shore Leave.
Chef Colin Lynch is building on his past experience at one of Boston’s top Japanese restaurants, O Ya, to develop the 14-course tasting menus for No Relation, which will have its first seating this Friday, January 4.
The menu — offered in two seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m., reserved through the ticketing system Tock — will change nightly, featuring sashimi, nigiri, and further preparations of seafood, employing seasonally available seafood and produce to showcase global influences on sushi. General manager Kevyn Ashton will offer beverage pairings for Lynch’s menu at No Relation each night, including sake and wine, as well as beer, cocktail, and spirit suggestions.
Prices for dinner alone will range from $95 to $120 per person (not including tax and gratuity), depending on what seafood and ingredients are currently in season, while the optional beverage pairings will be an additional $60 per person.
The No Relation space spans a cozy 230 square feet, designed by Boston’s Hacin + Associates, the same firm that worked on Shore Leave. Diners will sit at a counter overlooking the chef’s preparation space, behind which hangs a magnetic world map to display the sources for fish served each night. The floor features hand-painted cherry blossom designs from Boston artist Mark Grundig, whose work appears at a variety of local restaurants, and there is a mural from Brooklyn-based artist Massimo Mongiardo as well.
Here’s a sample menu, but as noted above, it changes nightly:
Meanwhile, Shore Leave is heading toward its two-month anniversary, serving an already-popular selection of Tiki drinks and a menu inspired by Pacific Rim cuisines, from Hawaii to Vietnam and beyond. Shore Leave — and now its restaurant-within-a-restaurant, No Relation — can be found below street level, underneath a CVS. Look for signage on William E. Mullins Way, just off of Harrison Avenue.
• No Relation [Official Site]