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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
My wife and I went out for our anniversary last Wednesday and had some of the most fantastic service we've had in a really long time by Zoe. We are both industry people, and my wife is a manager in high end fine dining so our standards are pretty high to begin with. Some things I've just given up on expecting when I go out- like a satay stick casually removed from my share plate or polite suggestions/explanations offered at just the right time but she was right there with everything we needed. The food was also wonderful, and authentic, with plenty of nuanced flavors especially the beef entree dish that we shared. Thanks for a great anniversary- you guys nailed it.
On a work trip in Boston and this was recommended to me. Was only going to come for drinks but stayed for dinner. It was really great - fantastic food (they have a different chef every 6 months, as part of their incubator program), inventive and tasty cocktails. Lovely ambience. Friendly and knowledgable service. Really great evening - everyone agreed it was the best night out of the week.
Had really looked forward to this after good reviews about 'authentic' Indonesian food. Well, most of what we ordered was pretty greasy and all fried or deep fried, which was not apparent on the menu. For example, fried soy bean cake was tiny squares of greasy crunchy nuggets unidentifiable as tofu. Potato tots tasted like the frozen ones you ate as a kid. Some items were very good, but most choices were way too rich. Definitely not authentic Indonesian.
I was pleased overall with the food and the service......and in today's typical noisy experience in restaurants Wink and Nod was admirably quiet which allowed conversation without having to strain to hear .....BUT....I found the subterranean location much to dark for my liking, with an absence of light that could have accentuated the pleasant decor , and, more importantly, allowed you to read the menu without having to turn on your cell phone flashlight, which I found inconvenient and disruptive to my experience because others were doing the same thing and the bright flashlights from other tables would stream in my eyes, enough to make it unpleasant for the times when that occurred.
That aside, I enjoyed the food enough to want to go back and recommend it to others.
I HOPE THE MANAGEMENT TAKES NOTE OF MY LIGHTING COMPLAINT AND TRIES TO WORK THAT OUT.
We really liked the restaurant; it's very pleasant and comfortable. Kaki Lima is doing a residency there through Sept. 2017, and I was a little disappointed in their food, which I've been excited about trying for a long time - I love Indonesian food. It was good, but not great. I'd go back and try other things, but we ordered five or six dishes, and I don't think I would order a single one a second time.
I've had Indonesian food before, but never in Boston (or Indonesia, now that I think about it). That said, the food seemed very authentic and we enjoyed everything that was recommended. I'd recommend going wth adventurous friends who like to share- but the delicious cocktails helped.
A hidden gem which means a lot more knowing it was a speakeasy. Beautiful dimily lit atmosphere with wonderful informative servers. Chris guided us through the intricate cocktail list and made wonderful suggestions. My friend and I left full, having had two small plates and one medium (the Nasi is a must try) to share. We had a wonderful experience and can't wait to return!
You have to try this place!!! The food is unreal! The dishes are unique and executed so well! Loved loved love the food and drinks! We will be back. The only downfall is I wish they turned up the lighting just a smidge. It was dark and took a while for my eyes to adjust. Throw a few fake candles or something on the tables :)
Thank you so much. We enjoyed our dinner with you to Monday night. An amazing experience, we took our two Dutch friends and Indonesian food fanatics and they were so pleased and impressed with this high quality excellent experience. You surpassed our highest expectations. Look forward to come back to try the ice cream and the spekkoek.
Wink and Nod is a unique experience. Why?
One descends the steps from the street level and enters into what feels like a hideaway speakeasy bar with dining .
It's a hip and energetic bar scene with specialized cocktails & bites
Then there's other unique attraction- the food. Wink and Nod hosts guest chefs for 6-12 month stints. We have had the fortune of attending at least 3 of them. Many chefs have been noted for great pop ups around the city-with great popularity.
This month one of our favorite young talents -Indonesian cuisine , Kaki Lima began and the exceptional chef Retno (and her husband Pete) are cooking away serving fabulous food!
Highlights: shrimp dumplings and tofu with an delicious spicy sauce, beef rendang - absolutely incredible ! Our dessert- coconut filled rice crêpes with a carmel sauce .
I encourage you to check out the Kaki Lima menu and book your reservation! We will be coming back several times during their Wink and Nod time stretch.
A general recommendation for
Wink and Nod - add new dishes each month - switch up the selection and we will be back biweekly and so will many others!
I grew up in Indonesia and eating Kaki Lima's offerings brings me right back to the sugar-cane fields, batik prints and smoldering volcanoes of my youth. But you don't have to be raised on the cuisine to enjoy it. Chef Retno's ayam bakar last night at Wink and Nod was the best chicken I've eaten in my life, and it will be yours, too. She and Pete will be there for another six months so hurry on over. You'll want to go back as many times as you can!
We had a great dinner last Friday at Kaki Lima's residency at Wink and Not. After moving to Boston from The Netherlands more than six years ago the only good Indonesian food that we can get is when we make it ourselves. Now it's tempting to visit Kaki Lima every week to enjoy their food that reminds us so much of the meals we had on our trips to Indonesia. We had the Sate lilit, Batagor, and of course the Rendang, a personal favorite. Thanks so much. We hope you will set up a permanent restaurant in Boston soon!
Went to for KakiLima first day of residency at Wink and Nod . I had attended a few of chef Retno Pratiwi pop up before. Never disappointed, food always fresh and authentic Indonesian cuisine. Great menu for sharing.
Also great drink menu at the bar
Despite not being able to get the real menu since the new chef was only starting the following week, the food was from Little Owl Tavern and it was delectable to say the least! I'm a vegetarian so there were few options but whatever we ordered was so tasteful and flavorsome. The cocktails were great and can't even begin to talk about the grilled cake we had for dessert. It's a great spot for a date night or any special occasion for that matter. Make a reservation because the lines do get long.
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