Shōjō

The tables are high, the plates are (mostly) small, and Shōjō is everything fusion you could ask for, right in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown.

Everything fusion? What does that even mean? No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative!

Just kidding, we totally know—

Interior of Shojo

For starters, Shōjō nails a vibe somewhere between upscale modern restaurant and casual urban hangout. Getting to the dining room requires traversing a thick, velvety black curtain, revealing a space filled with sleek wood tables, industrial metal barstools, exposed brick, and a colorful, eye-catching floor-to-ceiling graffiti mural. All the while, those hip-hop beats are blasting while old-school kung fu movies play on a giant screen behind the bar.

First, drinks: The cocktail list is long and fun, sparking just the right amount of curiosity. We’ve spotted (and ordered) Thai-chili-infused vodka, citrus-infused gin, and purple-yam-infused shochu shaken up with unexpected companions like coconut milk, melon soda, and shiso syrup. With names like “Superhappyfunmakeagoodtimeagogo” or “Chairman’s Painkiller,” you may have no idea what’s about to happen. But trust us—it’ll be strong and satisfying.

Duck fat fries from Shojo

Then, of course, food! It’s a small-plate-centric menu, great for sharing. Seasons and availability of ingredients influence the offerings but, as with the cocktails, you’ll never be disappointed. The flavors are bold—think kimchi, Sriracha, sesame, lime, bacon—and served up in a variety of ways: bao (steamed, stuffed buns), ceviche, fried rice, chicken wings, fries (duck fat fries, to be exact). And we haven’t even mentioned the ramen.

The menu offers to make duck fat fries “shadowless.” Don’t worry; it’s not a newfangled culinary term you’ve missed out on. It’s Shōjō-language for adding melted cheese and a meat/bean curd sauce on top.

Only offered at lunch, Shōjō’s ramen is up there among our favorites. It’s a thick, rich, savory broth packed with chewy noodles, BBQ pork, and a perfectly soft six-minute egg. Thankfully you can order it “kae-dama”—with extra noodles—and we do. Because one serving is never, never enough.

Fried chicken & waffles from Shojo

Ramen is only served at lunch, and lunch only happens from Thursday to Saturday.

Friday and Saturday Shōjō is open until 2am! #latenightfusion

The menu offers to make duck fat fries “shadowless.” Don’t worry; it’s not a newfangled culinary term you’ve missed out on. It’s Shōjō-language for adding melted cheese and a meat/bean curd sauce on top.

Must Haves

  • That broth, that pork, that soon-to-be-empty bowl of chewy noodle goodness—you just have to do it.

  • Soft bun, tangy kimchi, smoky BBQ sauce, and oh, oh, so tender pork. Get two orders. You’ll thank us.

  • Duck fat, hand-cut potatoes, Sriracha aioli. *drops mic*

  • Crispy thighs on top of a fluffy, doughy Hong Kong-style waffle. Once the five-spice butter is spread and the sizurrp drizzled, you may be fast-forwarding into dessert territory.

Fun Fact

“Shōjō” means both a Japanese sea spirit with red face and hair, and a fondness for alcohol, especially sake.

Tastes of Shōjō

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