Restaurants, Japanese Central Sq
5 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Courtesy Pagu

There are many reasons to be excited about Pagu’s recent debut in Central Square. For starters, the restaurant is helmed by Tracy Chang, an under-30 wunderkind who got her start at O Ya and has made a name for herself while manning Guchi's Midnight Ramen, an underground ramen pop-up. Secondly, the atmosphere is amazing: a sleek, two-story loft space made far homier by the familial customer service and complimentary satsuma oranges up front. Even the name is a treat: Japanese for “pug” and a homage to Chang’s own canine master, Phoebe. But it’s the food that’s the ultimate revelation here: ikura avocado toast, pork belly bao, sea scallop sashimi and comfort fare like Chang’s childhood fried rice. Order the prix fixe menu or go à la carte: if you’re feeling peckish, a pear ginger daiquiri paired with a curry crab croqueta will take the edge off nicely.


Venue name: Pagu
Address: 310 Massachusetts Ave
Cross street: at Blanche St
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 11:30-11pm; Sat 5-11pm
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