With an array of international dining options in Boston, it can be difficult to agree on a cuisine for date night, let alone a restaurant. Nahita takes the guesswork out of your global gastronomy by combing culinary inspirations from across the map in a setting that’s both elegant and exotic (think palm trees and Italian marble). The menu leans heavily on Asian and Latin American traditions, sprucing up local ingredients with Turkish spices and rounding out the international experience with world-class cocktails and a nomadic wine list compiled from some of the world’s less well-traveled vinicultural regions.
Nahita’s motto, “To Travel is to Eat,” explains why their menu reads like a well-stamped passport. You’ll find plenty of Japanese influence in the raw selections, with Peruvian ingredients making an appearance in a handful of Nikkei-style dishes. Southeast Asia and Central America are touchstones in terms of techniques and ingredients, and that thing you can’t quite put your finger on is probably a Middle Eastern spice, nodding to Nahita’s Turkish roots (its sister restaurant, Fenix, is in Istanbul). There are shareable plates as well as full entrees, depending on your mood, but no matter how you dine, a single, sophisticated bite is likely to take you to two or three different destinations.
The space is ambiguously exotic, something like dining inside a Rudyard Kipling novel, where it’s difficult to tell where West ends and East begins. Massive, intricately-carved columns soar toward the ceiling, where lush plants drip down from brass arches. The room is bisected by an ornate black marble bar, with a casual dining area on one side scattered with bare wood tables and leather banquettes, and more intimate white tablecloths on the other. An open kitchen breaths life (and aroma) into the room, and there isn’t a spot you can sit where the giant Kenyan-inspired mural won’t catch your eye.
The beverage selection at Nahita is as itinerant as the menu. The wine list boasts over 250 bottles, and while there are plenty of recognizable names, don’t be surprised to find bottles from faraway places like Uruguay, Chile, and Turkey. East meets West again on the cocktail list, where you’ll find local craft spirits mingling with foreign ingredients and modern mixology shaking hands with tried-and-true recipes.
100 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116