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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
Awesome food! It was hard to make a decision on what to order because I wanted everything, lol. It was my first time trying Indonesian food and I loved it. I definitely want to go back again before the new rotating restaurant comes in.
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.
Excellent find. Good atmosphere, delicious drinks, interesting desserts. Our server was super-attentive, very cool, and added a lot to the experience. Would recommend for a special occasion or just for a classier outing in general.
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.
The food was over priced and mediocre. The cocktails were interesting but under sized and mostly ice. Overall I felt this place was not a good value. The fit and finish of the venue does not warrant the types of prices they charge. I will not repeat.
We had a lovely meal at Wink and Nod early on a Thursday night. Each dish was perfectly executed and because of the small plates we were able to try a great variety. Service was excellent and craft cocktails were yummy and unique.
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?!?
We were seated at a great table for two with armchairs! We shared a few dishes and had delicious cocktails. Loved the tater tots with shrimp which had a spicy kick to them. The chicken wings were a but disappointing as they were a bit fatty and not crispy but the flavor was finger licking good. Our large plate was the panang beef which was so tender but really wanted to taste the sauce and there wasn't much of it. Enjoyed our meal but has expected a little more since I read such great reviews.
It's hard to find a restaurant that does a good job with both omnivorous and vegetarian plates. Kaki Lima @ Wink and Nod does not disappoint. My duck was tender and perfectly cooked, my brussels sprouts were nicely charred on the outside and tender-crisp on the inside. The salad with pineapple dressing was simple, but pleasant - the earthy crunch of sunflower seeds was a counterpoint to the sweetness of the grilled pineapple. (I could have used more complexity to the salad, though.) The charred eggplant was tender - and the bold flavors of the macadamia sauce were a nice contrast - but I could have done with a bit more caramelized gooiness to the eggplant. My partner's sweet-savoury tempeh was crisp, and the serving was generous. We ended up asking for some white rice to provide some texture contrast to the flavor/textures of the tempeh. Rice was a great decision! There's some string beans mixed in with the tempeh, but not enough to create a true counterpoint to all that crispy, sticky tempeh goodness. Rice + green beans vs. the (delicious) tempeh was just right. Dessert was cool, coconutty, and refreshing - one plate was just the right size to share without getting too full.
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.
The food by Kaki Lima was spectacular, a really innovative twist on classic Indonesia. Great music and great overall vibe. I'd come back for the atmosphere, but it was really the food that made it great. Hope Kaki Lima finds a permanent spot!
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.
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