Whisk, a pop-up restaurant run by chefs Jeremy Kean and Philip Kruta that has been going around Boston, has purchased Fazenda Cafe in Jamaica Plain. They're making changes slowly and still serving Fazenda coffee so loyal cafe customers would not lose their regular place, but they've added some new items and once a month they run a pop-up dinner. For the dinner, Whisk tries to serve produce from within 20 miles of Boston, as much as possible. I attended one recently themed "WHISKy Ramen".
Watermelon & Thatcher Ricotta, blue basil, husk tomato, flowers ($12)
Aged Duck Ramen (duck shmaltz, gochugaru confit, dinosaur kale, black duck breast, garlic chive flower, $18)
Ben's Wild Ramen (tomato broth, wild sorrel, wild mushroom, sunflower butter, $16)
Other than ramen, they were also serving a 20-day New York strip, lion's mane, whipped spud, preserved ramp, Jay's mead jus ($19)
The Whisk team also has freshly made donuts every day at Fazenda Cafe, and they have some really fun flavors. There were three of them the night I went: mint with Tcho chocolate crumbs, peach with sesame, and genmaicha with puffed rice. Since the name of the pop-up was "Whisky Ramen", we had to have whisky. They had three different Japanese whiskies available that night and I went with a Hibiki 12 to go with my donuts.
My favorite was the peach with cinnamon and sesame, topped with a lovely piece of roasted peach.
They had some sake-based cocktails that night, like this beautifully presented Plum Petals (plum sake, petals, bubbles, $12)
I always order tea-based cocktails but usually they're not as tea-forward. This was a nice one, though!
This was my first time trying Whisk's food and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. If you live near Jamaica Plain, definitely check out the next pop-up, which would be worth the drive or T-ride even if you don't live in Jamaica Plain (Fazenda Cafe is right across the street from the Forest Hills station).
They also had live music going on during dinner.
I don't have information yet on the next pop-up but it should be coming in September. Follow @WhiskBoston on Twitter or their Facebook page for the latest news on upcoming suppers and pop-ups.
WHISK at Fazenda Cafe
3710 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02130