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About Wink and Nod
Wink & Nod is an EXCLUSIVELY 21+ establishment (no teens, toddlers, or infants). Proper ID required.
Wink & Nod operates a rotating kitchen where every 6 months, we invite a new restaurant group to run our kitchen and experiment with dishes as bold and creative as our cocktails. With this program, Wink & Nod hopes to contribute to the development of up-and-coming Chefs by providing them with a restaurant platform in which to operate and showcase their talent.
Wink & Nod is proud to present our current residing Pop-up Kitchen, Kaki Lima by Chef Retno Pratiwi and Managing Partner, Peter Gelling. Kaki Lima’s menu features an array of sharable delicacies drawing inspiration from the entire Indonesian archipelago. Chef Pratiwi has gone to extreme lengths to source authentic Indonesian ingredients to expose you to a taste of her homeland.
Boston, MA 02116
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Saturday, the bar is open from 5:00 pm - 2:00 am.
Dinner - 5:00-10:00 pm Monday through Saturday
Late Night Dining - 10:00 pm-11:00 am Friday and Saturday
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We strongly recommend taking public transportation or Uber as on street parking in the South End is difficult
Tufts Medical - Orange Line
Back Bay Station - Orange Line
Chef Bill Brodsky
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
Wink and Nod Ratings and Reviews
Found Wink and Nod after learning that their chef in residence was making Indonesian food, which I had tried for the first time recently on a trip to the Netherlands. We visited the restaurant on a Saturday night, quite early (around 5:45) and left a bit after 7pm. The place was quite empty, likely because of the protests in Boston that day. However, we are glad we made the trip into the city because the food was fantastic. As a couple we ordered 2 small plates and 2 medium plates. We ate everything put in front of us and left quite full. We had shrimp dumplings, wings, crab fried rice, and duck with brussel sprouts. The fried rice had great flavor and was the only dish I found quite spicy. Of the 4 I would say the wings were the least interesting. The sauce didn't have as much flavor as I would have wanted. The brussel sprouts were a bit under-cooked and crunchy, but the duck was cooked perfectly. The sauces for the shrimp dumplings (there were 3) were fantastic. We will definitely be back when the chef switches again - I am told Spanish tapas the next time.
We came here specifically to have an Indonesian meal which we have been enjoying many times while living in the Netherlands. We were not disappointed however food was very intensely flavored. Probably more then we could have found in similar restaurants in NL. Great atmosphere in Wink and Nod! We will certainly come back!
We have loved this restaurant in the past and have taken many friends there. We did not love the Indonesian menu and dound it limited and unnecessarily expensive. The "large plates" were exceptionally expensive! The cocktails were, as usual, very good. We spent a LOT of money for four people to have dinner and we did not eat a lot. We are hoping that this experience was the exception and not the rule.
Fell in love with Wink and Nod when Gita Kantrow was resident chef and was anticipating the same quality from Kaki Lima, but left disappointed. The small plates were very small, and the large plates (which claim to serve 2-3 people on the outdated, online menu) was only appropriately sized for one person. The Dishes were on average fair, with some better than others, but each felt overpriced. Wink and Nod has good service and a great concept so I would still recommend to others.
W&N was delicious. We had the duck and the prawns, both of which were nicely flavored and properly cooked. For drinks we both had the Far East, which was refreshing and surprisingly strong. The main attraction to this restaurant is the ambiance, which is comparable to Yvonne's and other Boston "hot" restaurants.
We came for a date night. The food was Indonesian. We split the shrimp dumplings (small), duck special (medium), and lobster (large). All were excellent! The waitress recommended 2 smalls and 2 mediums, and we felt that small/medium/large was a good equivalent.
Outstanding dining experience. We were seated in a circular booth that was almost like a private dining room. The service was attentive. The choices from the bar were superb. But best of all, the food from Kaki Lima was spectacular: new tastes, beautifully displayed, utterly scrumptious. Highly recommended!
Had a wonderful dinner and drinks at Wink & Nod. Was there pretty early (5:45 on a Saturday) and the place was nice an quite. Service was friendly and prompt. Had multiple small courses and cocktails, all of which were delicious.
Service did start to go downhill as it got busy later in the evening, but over all a good time.
Wink and Nod is blessed this season with the 6 months residency of chef Retno from Kaki Lima. She makes the most wonderful Indonesian dishes. Coming from the Netherlands, we miss the Indonesian kitchen here in Boston. Now that hole is (temporary) fixed. We already had dinner here once before when we had one of the best Rendang dishes. This time we came back, initially just for the desert, Lapis Legit (spekkoek). To our pleasant surprise, new dishes had been added to the menu. So in addition to the chicken sateh, we tried the Gulai Brussels Sprouts with Sliced Duck, which was a great innovative combination. But an absolute highlight was Semur Batawi, beef cooked in sweet soy sauce. We almost considered to order an extra dish, just to take it home for later in the week. The dinner was topped off with the spekkoek, which I never would imagined to be able to eat in Boston. Again a great experience and we definitely will come back a few times before Retno's residency at Wink and Nod ends.
Wnk and Nod has a great bar scene and fun decor, but our meal was disappointing. We had the lobster main, which was poorly cooked and even more poorly conceived - the lobster was tasteless, the sauce made no sense as an accompaniment, and the flavor role of the rice teepee and bowl of crackers was a mystery. The rest of the meal was mediocre, lots of heat but little real flavor. Our server asked us if we had dined there before, we said no, then she walked away without explaining anything. Great spot for drinks, but we'll never eat there again.
During the Indonesian phase, the sauces were excellent but the eggplant was tasteless and rubbery. The duck was cooked perfectly but I expected more seasoning. The dessert with cucumber and mint accents was great.
The prices are dear. The room is fairly dark.
It was a pleasure to explore the wide variety of flavors presented by the authentic Indonesian offerings of Kaki Lima Boston. The intricate combinations of spices from the spicy coconut sauce of the charred eggplant to the braised beef dish display the artistry of Chef Pratiwi. There is much more to explore. Overall a very satisfying, enjoyable experience.
The atmosphere is too dark and a little noisy, but is nevertheless intimate.
Indonesian format was interesting but not spectacular given the upscale prices. Bar program is cornerstone of this place. We tried several different cocktails, mostly good but uneven quality, i.e. shaken cocktails served close to room temp and a surprisingly bland French 75. Service was excellent with plates arriving at well paced intervals. I recommend sticking to nibbles and cocktails for this round at Wink and Nod.
Food was delicious but the table right by the door has bright lights and you feel like you're under a spot light. Made reservation and table was ready shortly after we arrived. Food was good but definitely not as good as prior visits with other chefs. Current menu is Indonesian inspired and definitely had a few gems and a few misses. Staff were attentive. Great atmosphere for late night drinks and small plates. Will definitely go again.
Fun and delicious
We were excited to find out we could get Indonesian food in Boston. Had to try it out. Told a good friend we were going to check it out and she was game to join us. The restaurant was able to accommodate our request when confirming reservations For the evening So we add one more to our two person reservation.
We were seated at a cozy booth. Drinks were fun. I was a little surprised there were not more cocktails from which to choose. We ordered two small appetizers, the beef rendang and the whole fish. It was all delicious, but the fish was just stand out amazing! Best meal we've had dining out in a while. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening. We are planning to go back with other friends we know will also enjoy the fun vibe and the food.
I tried the new Indonesian dishes one month ago and I found everything amazingly delicious. I decided to bring some friends a couple of weeks ago and I made a reservation... that night I had to leave because, besides the reservation, after 45 minutes there was no way to get a table... I decided to give another try last night but it looked like there was only one waitress for the entire restaurant. She took one hour to take the order... I ordered some of the same dishes of the first time and they were disappointing: not only they looked different but they absolutely didn't taste special...
Wink&Nod... what's going on?!?
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