Mecha Noodle Bar, a small Connecticut-based chain founded in 2013, opened its first Boston-proper restaurant in the Fort Point neighborhood September 15, in the same brick building as Trader Joe’s at 44 Thomson Place. It’s a spacious venue, spanning two floors with some drama thanks to decorative woodwork descending from the high ceilings.
The menu may vary slightly between locations and change a bit seasonally, but you can always expect a variety of Asian street food and comfort fare from Korean fried chicken bao and roasted mushroom dumplings to customizable pho and ramen, the latter of which comes in several styles including a hakata 24-hour pork broth and a vegetarian mushroom broth.
The drinks favor Asian flavors as well, with boozy bubble teas like whiskey-spiked Thai Iced Tea as well as a mix of Japanese gin, yuzu, and matcha; a relatively large selection of sake that includes a tasting-flight option; a few wines and beers; and phin-brewed coffee and house sodas.
This is the second Boston-area location for Mecha, which landed in Brookline this summer and whose name — from the Vietnamese words for mother and father — pays homage to cofounder Tony Pham’s parents and drives the mission statement of the team’s philanthropic arm, Eat Justice.