BoMa Restaurant + Bar is among a wave of restaurants opening in the South End

BoMa Restaurant + Bar recently opened on Washington Street. The modern bistro serves an assortment of small plates, cocktails, and desserts.
BoMa Restaurant + Bar recently opened on Washington Street. The modern bistro serves an assortment of small plates, cocktails, and desserts.Photos by Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff

The South End has recently seen a host of new restaurant openings, including Yakitori Zai, Kitchen, and Vejigantes. Another addition: BoMa Restaurant + Bar, newly occupying the Washington Street space that was formerly Bombay Club and Pho Republique.

Executive chef Christopher Bussell creates a modern bistro menu showcasing local ingredients. Small plates might include short rib tacos, roast clams with chorizo and cranberry beans, or a beet salad with goat cheese. For a casual meal, BoMa offers the likes of lobster macaroni and cheese, fish and chips, and a burger with duck-fat fries. There are also more-refined main courses — think chestnut ravioli with duck confit, filet of sole with crabmeat and a potato cake, or roast chicken with mushrooms and corn and wheatberry pilaf. Dessert could be a root beer float, chocolate ganache torte, or apple-cinnamon bread pudding.

Taking the small plates trend one step further, BoMa also serves up “tiny plates.” Chicken liver terrine, oyster shooters, or Fontina “tots” might pair well with beer, wine, or signature cocktails such as BoMa’s Delight (cucumber and basil vodka, agave, lime juice, and club soda).

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A neighborhood rich with restaurant options just got richer. And more choices are on the way. Restaurants such as Cinquecento (Italian, from the Aquitaine Group) and Boston Chops (steakhouse-inspired, from the Deuxave/dbar team) are coming soon.

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