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“Tiny Portions. $$ Expensive. Great service.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Asana - CLOSED

Asana
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Chinese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Back Bay
Cross street: Fairfield Street
Transit: The nearest stops to the hotel are Copley Station on the B, C, D and E Green Lines, Hynes Convention Center on the B, C, and D Green Lines and Prudential on the E Green Line.
Description: With a fresh approach, Asana welcomes diners with authentic and pure New England cuisine. Inspired by local and seasonal ingredients applying their modern twist, our culinary team offers a menu enriched by taste and tradition. The dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking bustling Boylston Street give the space a modern flare that is as vibrant as its Back Bay surroundings. The hand-carved limestone block walls, rich exotic wood floors, and stylish banquette seating create an organic background for the inspired dishes to truly delight. Working hand in hand with the culinary team is our pastry team which brings vast international experience and training to its sweet creations in Asana. Located in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston, Asana is the perfect place for the power breakfast, business lunch or sophisticated dinner.
San Diego, California
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Tiny Portions. $$ Expensive. Great service.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

Walked over from the Sheraton. It was snowing out and it was a mere block or two. The table was lit up somehow, which was pretty cool. Place nearly empty.

The sashimi appetizer was deeeeeelish!
Hamachi Sashimi
pickled shiitake mushrooms / dried cherry togarashi spice / brussels sprout leaves

I ordered the "week menu" which entailed a salad, an entree and a dessert for $39.

Salad was raw or barely cooked asparagus atop the soft cooked yolk of a duck egg, covered in radicchio, and some sort of light dressing. Very good. Great looking.

Main was chicken and a ton of mushrooms. Portions are very small if you are used to Cheesecake factory sized portions. Chicken was dry. Mushrooms lovely.

Dessert was some sort of hazelnut cake.Not super sweet. Beautiful presentation. I have photos of two desserts. Too pretty to eat.

You get beautifully presented food that just okay.

Our waiter was Russian and very charming.

  • Visited February 2013
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Ny
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81 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Great brunch menu, execution not so much.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

Exec. chef Rachel Klein's menu sounds fascinating, but unfortunately she was not there today. Sitting in chef David went so heavy on the cumin we had to send back the egg white frittata. The shakshouk was way overspiced, so was disappointing as well. Just our luck to be there on the wrong day. Ambiance and service were excellent. I'd go again to try the interesting recipes, but would call first to verify who's cooking.

  • Visited March 2013
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Canton, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Nice Lunch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

My daughter and I were in Boston over a weekend and were planning on having lunch at another place but found it had been closed down. On a whim we decided to try Asana and it was very good. The service impeccable, decor was simple and polished. There were several dishes that sounded wonderful so we decided to share. We had the fried artichoke hearts, the beet salad and the fried tofu bowl. It was all delectable. It is pricey and the portions are not real big, but the taste is excellent.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Esther H
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Ghent, New York
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“the burger- OMG”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

Had brunch there. Beautiful room- great service- amazing burger. Top ten ever. Fresh Wagyu- perfect brioche bun - I had mine with gorgonzola [they usually serve it with cheddar]. The frizzled onions make it.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Tovah N
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fois gross”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Had the fois gras, and it was full of veins, unidentified strings and blood clots. Had to leave half of it there. I think this may have put me off fois gras for a while. I suppose this can only be a good thing.

The rest of the food was good, as were the drinks and service.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank eej84
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