A Taste of Shojo

A new year is all about new beginnings.

What better way to switch up the routine than by kicking your tastebuds up a notch?  This week, I dined at Shojoan Asian gastropub tucked away in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.


Shojo serves tapas-style dishes and cocktails with Asian influences. The space is intimate in size and carries a casual chic vibe, donning high top tables and graphic wall art. 

For starters, I ordered duck fat hand-cut fries with sriracha aoili, and an order of salt & pepper calamari with jalapeno-lime aioli. These dishes are both flavorful and great for sharing. Not to mention, the sauces pack a punch and are extremely addicting. Craving a libation to take the edge off from work, I chose Dr. Shojo’s Penicillin with toki, yuzu, honey, ginger, and peated squirt. 

The main dish was the Shojonator, a juicy burger topped with smoked bacon and kimcheese served on top of a house steamed bun. While modest in size, the ingredients blend together perfectly to satisfy one’s appetite!

Overall, the menu is reasonably priced, with plates falling around the $6-$16 range, and cocktails from $11-$13. If you’re looking for a trendy eatery, Shojo is the spot! For reservations, click this link.


Have you dined at an Asian gastropub before? How was your experience?

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    • Thanks so much for pointing that out! I’ll make sure to correct it. 🙂

  1. Just the kind of place I love! For 3 years I regularly traveled to Japan and Korea on business and used to make my controller crazy because the receipts for my meals were always these tiny scraps of paper because I preferred to eat in small out of the way places rather than at the hotels. And speaking of Korea, I have no idea what kimcheeze is, but you reminded me I haven’t had any good kimchi since then and now I’m going to be craving it. Thanks for the intro and I really wish I was in the neighborhood to give it a try!

    • Thanks for your comment Marquita. I like your approach to eating out to experience the most authentic local flavor. I’d love to visit Korea one day! Any recommendations on places to try out?

  2. An Asian Gastro-Pub! The duck fat hand-cut fries sound tasty. I must try this although not too often as my waist line would not appreciate it.

    • Thanks for your comment Phoenicia. The fries were delicious paired with the sriracha aoii! It had the the popcorn effect were you take piece by piece but then dig into the order because it’s so good. Once in a while we all need to treat ourselves to bar bites 🙂

  3. I would love to go to Boston! It’s always been on my list, but so far, has evaded me. Would love to visit this gastro-pub as it sounds like my kind of place.

    • Thanks for your comment Doreen. Shojo is in a great neighborhood for foodies in general, so I recommend it!

  4. This is a nice looking place to eat.
    I think some people miss the meaning of travel when they go to different cites. I have seen people eat at chain restaurants while vacationing. I like to get into the heart of a city, and taste the food of restaurants and diners. You get the feel of a city by its food.

    • Thanks for your comment William. The coziness mixed with Asian-influenced bar bites make Shojo a fun dining spot to explore! Being in the heart of Chinatown is another highlight if you plan to visit the area.

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