oIt’s been a few years since I’ve dined at Thelonious Monkfish in Central Square. It used to be my go-to place for lunch when I worked in Central Square. I recently returned for lunch and was amazed and delighted to see that they have expanded their restaurant to include a full bar, at least doubling the seating capacity, and they have a stage for live jazz performances. The new interior is sleek and inviting, warm and comforting just like their food.

I started off with their Asian pickles and vegetable pot stickers. The pickles were what this little doggy dreams of. A blend of Asian vegetable pickled to a crunchy and tangy perfection. And unlike most Asian restaurants, they do not skimp on quantity. The vegetable pot stickers were one of the most interesting version of this dish I’ve ever experienced. Light, thin wrappers stuffed with an assortment of green vegetables.

Now on to their sushi. In a nutshell they were absolutely fresh and flavorful. For the vegetarians out there, they have a huge assortment of sushi options, including one of the most unique I’ve ever seen, and believe me when I say it’s out of this world. It’s called the Snow Queen and is part of their fairy tale selection. Picture it…shiitake mushrooms, green apple, cucumbers and asparagus all wrapped in rice and seaweed, then covered in thin coconut meat, a pineapple mayo and garnished with coconut flakes. This is worth the trip alone. And don’t let this unusual combination throw you, they have the basic and standard vegetable sushi, including sweet potato tempura maki, mushroom maki, and the every popular, cucumber, avocado, and asparagus. All of them, fresh, and delicious.

This place is going to be a regular spot for me, and I can’t wait to get back there for dinner and listen to some fantastic jazz.

Thelonious Monkfish is the best of the best, paws down.

Online at: Thelonious Monkfish
Reservations Accepted: Yes via Ureserv

Food Rating: 5 paw
Service Rating: 5 paws

Overall Rating: 5 paws Rating 5 Paw

With love from my dog bowl to yours…Happy eating.

Shata