Last night I went with two of my best girls to Masa in the South End. I had never been, but had always heard great things, so I was looking forward to checking it out.
It was pouring rain when I got out of the T at Copley, but I was a bit early, so I decided to walk. I headed toward Tremont Street and realized Masa was a bit further down than I'd ever walked before. The furthest I'd really gone was Picco and Masa is located about a block and a half further down.
From a few feet away I could see Masa's exterior was beautifully adorned with holiday decorations. Even the chalk board out front had greenery!
The bartender brought me the drink menu and I was immediately drawn to the concoction called the habanero watermelon margarita. I know habaneros are hot, so I asked the bartender exactly how hot the drink was. He said, "Well, it's intended to have a kick, so if you're nervous, I can dumb it down for you." Is that a challenge? I think so. I said, "Bring it on. As it's meant to be."
The drink arrived in the perfect shade of pink, garnished with a lime.
When the girls arrived, we saw the hostess for a table. The dining room was fairly empty, so we got seats in a cozy booth.
I started with the romaine salad which had blue corn tortilla chips and cotija cheese. The salad was yummy, but a bit simple. Even a few tomatoes would have jazzed it up.
For round two, one of my friends ordered the crispy coconut shrimp. She said the coconut added the perfect amount of sweet flavor to the shrimp, the jicama was refreshing, the avocado was delicious and the dressing complimented all of the ingredients perfectly.
Across for me, my friend sampled the calamari with cherry peppers, capers and Manzanilla olives. She said the calamari was too chewy and as a seafood lover, she wouldn't order it again. She said, "Next time, I'm trying some meat!"
I decided on the sun dried tomato and poblano ravioli served in a sage cream sauce. This dish was so decadent, rich and amazing! I felt guilty with every bite because it felt like I wasn't worthy of eating something this incredible!
The first choice was the chocolate truffle tamale, which was really a molten chocolate cake served in a corn husk. The cake was sublime and topped with vanilla bean ice cream. I also loved the raspberry zig zag on the plate.
Next, we ordered the ice cream which came with three flavors - chipotle chocolate, salted caramel and dulce de leche. The chipotle actually had a kick as strong as my habanero margarita! We were not expecting that! The salted caramel was the front runner by a mile.
Try out Masa for yourself; visit them at 439 Tremont Street in the South End.