Moksa, Cambridge’s newish “Pan-Asian Izakaya” is a welcome freshening of the Mass Ave Asian food scene. As the Izayaka label suggests, Moksa takes the drinks seriously – they have cocktails for each sign of the Chinese zodiac and each of the elements (classical four, not scientific 118) – but the food is no slouch either.
Weather permitting, I recommend the patio, a nice brick alley adjacent to the Central Square Theater. Recently, I enjoyed a half bottle of Henri Bourgeois Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre.
Moksa’s food menu is a riotous array of small plates, many inspired by street food, others spinning off from classic dum sum, rice dishes and roti. Bring lots of friends so you can try as many as possible. I especially enjoy the Twice-Cooked Green Beans with onions and soybeans, both whole and sauced. The beans are somehow still just crisp enough to the bite after two cookings.
Other notable dishes include the possibly hyperbolic Fried Rice with Twenty Vegetables, the sushiesque Tuna Poke with Avocado and Hearts of Palm, the border-blurring Popcorn Shrimp Roti, and an array of grilled meats on sticks, including chicken hearts, beef tongue, and smoked duck breast. The menu changes often, so some of these might be gone for now or forever, but I’m sure something just as good will take their places