Everyone wants to tour the world and sample different cuisines, but this may be costly. That’s why we’ve put together a list of exotic restaurants in Boston that serve international cuisine; you’ll get to taste meals from all corners of the world without needing the expensive plane ticket!
First, let us whisk you away to the gorgeous Caribbean islands, where you may indulge in cuisine from locations like Cuba. Sure, you won’t be near the beach, but we guarantee that your taste buds will be completely satisfied.
1. Gustazo (Cuban)
First of the exotic restaurants on the list, Gustazo! To begin, there are numerous sitting possibilities; for a festive evening, sit close or at the bar, which features a dazzling wall structure depicting the island and an eclectic salsa playlist that puts one in the mood for intimate club-dancing. Drinks at the bar include sangria of the day or a refreshing mojito! If you are not in the mood to sit at the bar, you can eat in a less crowded area across the room at the tables; either way, the menu’s lively tapas and entrées will make up for it. To top the seating off, there are gorgeous tables set up outside for the warmer summer nights! Plates on the menu include seafood such as ceviche, tacos de cangrejo, and grilled octopus. If you are not interested in seafood, try the croquetas de jamon or ask your server for the empanada of the day! There are plenty of gluten free options as well as vegetarian choices. You can choose from a wide variety of small or large plates depending on how hungry you are! Never leave without satisfying your stomach with dessert first; go for either the tres leches cake or churros con chocolate to ensure your stomach is happily full. The incredible staff is there to make everything ten times better and to guarantee your visit to Gustazo is satisfying and fun!
Moving further down the equator, allow us to give you another great example of the many exotic restaurants to try that will make you feel like you are in South America without having to take the lengthy plane ride!
2. La Bodega (Uruguayan)
This next exotic restaurant has an ambience like no other! La Bodega serves Uruguayan foods such as empanadas, pastel de carne, milanesa, choripan and so much more. Their extensive drink menu includes cocktails such as Sangria A La Casa. Better than a Cadbury Bunny, and Spanish 75. The location of the restaurant is situated in a small town-feel which makes you feel right at home while you are brought authentic recipes and innovative cocktails. Of course there is dessert! This includes creamy Flan con Dulce De Leche, delicious Alfajores, and mouth watering Dark Chocolate Tart. The service is top-notch, you will not be required to wait too long for anything and all the staff are there to help you with whatever you need. The servers are friendly, the environment is inviting and unique, and of course the food is absolutely delicious! You really can not go wrong when you visit this exotic restaurant. Overall, la Bodega is a fun experience filled with amazing food and in an incredible atmosphere!
There are no bad European restaurants in Boston, but we still wanted to name one that you just have to try!
3. Giulia (Italian)
Giulia is one of the exotic restaurants you will not want to miss! It is difficult to get a reservation for a reason; the food is absolutely show stopping. Chef Micheal Pagliarini is well known for his pasta mastery that is seen in complex dishes such as his whole wheat fazzoletti with basil pesto, pine nuts and parmigiano. Other dishes include: paccheri ’alla bolognese (beef, pork and parmigiano, shown below), pappardelle with wild boar (black trumpet, juniper and parmigiano), and buckwheat pizzoccheri (artichoke, asparagus and fontina). There are also plenty of appetizers including chilled octopus with parsley, potato, smoked onion and citrus or salt roasted beets with snap peas, spiced yogurt and sesame. Don’t forget about the dessert; try pistachio gelato with raspberry caramel, chocolate shavings and anise pizelle or strawberry sorbetto with rose meringue and cookie butter! The service is professional and friendly and the atmosphere will make you feel like you took the flight all the way to Italy.
Next stop: Asia! All of the Asian exotic restaurants are amazing–here’s one!
4. Sugar and Spice (Thai)
If you are a fellow thai food lover, then you need to try this exotic restaurant: Sugar and Spice. The menus of this restaurant are extensive and range from gluten free options to vegan options and also have a wide variety of dinner and lunch plates! Start off with an appetizer of summer rolls or edamame and then move on to a main dish of pad thai (shown below) or pad see you. There are so many different options to choose from, it may be difficult to decide! Most of the dishes you see on the main dinner or lunch menus can also be made vegan or gluten free, so those who have dietary restrictions do not need to worry. There is always room for dessert, especially at Sugar and Spice! Try the fried ice cream or the I-tim Kati which is Thai style coconut ice cream served with fresh young coconut milk, topped with sweet corn, jack fruit, mochi, and palm seeds. There is also an extensive drink menu with unique and interesting options such as Butterfly Pea Lemonade, Blueberry Lemonade Coconut Ice Cream Float, or Thai Milk Tea. There are frozen drinks available like the Pina Colada or Frozen Thai Coffee. It may be difficult to decide from such a jam-packed menu, but anything you choose will be delectable at this exotic restaurant!
Last stop on today’s trip through the world is Ethiopia, Africa!
Blue Nile (Ethiopian)
The last but not least on this list of exotic restaurants today is Ethiopian cuisine The Blue Nile. First we will start off by mentioning their famous house-made honey wine that you absolutely need to try! They also serve Negus Ethiopian Beer which is a superb choice for any special occasion as it is smooth and well balanced. For your appetizer, try the Azefa which is a lentil salad with shallots and chili peppers seasoned with olive oil and spices. Then. Try a house specialty such as Doro Wat (shown below) which is tender skinned chicken sauteed in caramelized red onions, fresh ginger, garlic, cardamom, berbere sauce, herbed butter, and boiled eggs. You may want to add a side order of a vegetable dish such as Ye’kik Alicha; split yellow peas simmered in red onion, olive oil, garlic, ginger and seasoned turmeric. This restaurant will be a hit no matter what you get; the dishes also provide great representation for Ethiopian cuisine.