Temazcal Tequila Cantina, a new, upscale traditional Mexican restaurant, announces an April opening in Boston Seaport District’s Liberty Wharf. Quite literally translated as “house of heat,” the highly anticipated restaurant and tequila bar will introduce Boston to traditional gourmet Mexican fare found only in a handful of restaurants across the country.
The 5,000 square foot waterfront dining destination offers both indoor and expansive outdoor patio dining, as well as a 52-foot bar featuring over 300 tequilas and group dining options, with 100 seats inside, 140 seats outside and a total capacity of 240.
At the helm of Temazcal Tequila Cantina is Chef and Co-Owner Todd Hall, who has created the restaurant’s concept and menu.
A James Beard nominee, Hall has opened some of the most renowned Mexican restaurants in the country, including The Adobe Grill at The Waldorf-Astoria La Quinta in California and La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort in Arizona. After spending extensive time in Mexico researching the history and culture of the region’s cuisine, he brings new flavors to Boston’s culinary scene.
“Authentic Mexican cuisine is rich with history and culture, and I look forward to sharing the Mayan, Aztec and Yucatan influences with Boston diners,” said Chef Hall. “Temazcal Tequila Cantina focuses on the authentic traditional Mexican specialties diners crave,incorporating only the freshest natural ingredients indigenous to Mexico’s tropical regions and serving it all in a contemporary, open-air atmosphere,” he added.
Holding fast to timeless recipes and traditional methods of cooking coupled with the latest innovative technology, Temazcal’s full menu will be presented on the Apple iPad, which will be a first for any restaurant in the country. It will allow diners to be introduced to each menu item’s unique regional history, accompanied by photographs, recipes and nutritional facts.
Chef Hall combines intense and robust flavors, colorful presentation and a variety of fresh chiles that traditional Mexican cuisine is known for, offering Antojitos (starters) from $10-$25 and Entradas (entrées) from $16-$32. Sample dishes include (full menu and photos available upon request):
- Lechón Asado – whole roast suckling pig carved table-side. This traditional delicacy is commonly prepared for special occasions and gatherings and will be available nightly at Temazcal.
- Chile en Nogada – the “Chiles en nogada” arise from the purest patriotic and national spirit. With the colors of the Mexican flag: green for Salsa Verde, white for the Nogada Sauce and red for Salsa Rojo, this represents the official dish of independence, as it was created by “Madres Contemplativas Agustinas” of the convent of Santa Monica, Puebla, when Mexico’s emperor Agustín de Iturbide was ousted.
- Guacamole Langosta – lobster, avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro and serrano chilies. Presented in a traditional Molcajete, from which the word Guacamole is derived.
- Codorniz Relleno – roast quail, chorizo seca, queso panela, poblano chile,gordita corn tortilla and crema fresca. A traditional dish from Aztec Indians.
A true “Tequila Cantina,” Temazcal will offer a selection of 300 tequilas, exclusive margaritas and cocktails, and a distinctive wine list featuring boutique single vineyard wines created by remarkable California vintners.
Occupying 5,000 square feet of customized design by Steve Sousa of Sousa Design,whose impressive portfolio in Boston and NYC includes Match, Tonic NYC, Masa, Noche and Bouchée, Temazcal’s design and aesthetics are unique for Boston and reflective of contemporary Mexican design and architecture.
Patrons will enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Boston Harbor, a sprawling 52-
foot bar with large, custom bar stools, chandeliers that have been imported from Mexico and hand-blown glassware direct from Guadalajara. The venue’s open air design leads to an expansive outdoor patio, complete with public docks with slips to accommodate up to 50 boats, allowing patrons to visit Temazcal “by land or by sea.”
Temazcal Tequila Cantina, located at 250 Northern Avenue on Boston’s Liberty Wharf, will operate from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. seven days a week, serving lunch from 11:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. The bar menu will be offered in between lunch and dinner and until 2:00 a.m. every night
For more information on Temazcal Tequila Cantina, please call 617 439-3502
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We were lucky enough to taste lots of items from Temazacal’s menu.
You won’t want to miss it!!!
-Chris & Nick