The Japanese, who individually wrap each piece of cake at weddings, are known
for the care they take in packaging and presenting food. And true to tradition,
Naha Café, a recently opened inexpensive Japanese eatery near the
Fenway, displays food with artistry. The combo dishes, which come in subdivided
box-like platters, look particularly splendid.
But this food isn't just pretty; it's also pleasing to the palate. Luncheon
specials ($5.95 to $6.95) include pungent beef teriyaki, grilled tuna on
skewers, freshwater eel glazed with sweetened soy sauce, and grilled salmon.
All lunches are served with white rice and a side salad.
Tako su ($5), an appetizer of octopus and cucumber in vinegar sauce, makes a
wonderful starter, as does the Naha isobe age ($5.95), a mixture of hirame (a
Japanese whitefish), flying-fish roe, and avocado that's flavored with sake,
wrapped in seaweed, dipped in tempura batter, and deep-fried. Noodle dishes
($4.95 to $6.95) are plentiful and flavorful. For dessert, try the ginger,
green tea, or coconut ice cream ($1.95).
Naha Café, located at 90 Peterborough Street, in Boston, is open
daily from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. Call 536-6688.
-- Theresa Regli