450 Massachusetts Ave,
Cambridge, MA 02139
Travel to Moksa in Central Square for a night of tapas, cocktails and excellent service. The small, Pan Asian plates allow you to explore as much or as little of the menu as you’d like, getting to savor dish after dish of exquisite flavors.
Don’t worry if you’ve never had certain asian dishes before, your server at Moksa will navigate you through every nook and cranny of the menu to make sure that your meal is satisfying and unforgettable.
Drinks and Tapas at Moksa
The cocktail menu at Moksa is a whimsical take on the Chinese Zodiac. Each animal signifies a different drink. I wanted to sip on the drink of my birth year, the monkey, but the Shanghai Daisy didn’t interest me because of the green tea and brandy.
Instead, I chose the drink of the mouse, the Ratonita. Margaritas are more my style. This one was mixed up with Reposed Tequila, Agave Liqueor, and preserved lemon foam. I’m used to the typical lime in a ‘rita, but the lemon foam was a nice twist. It was a perfect kick to compliment the tequila.
But, perhaps the most important part of eating tapas at Moksa is choosing which plates to eat! It’s almost insane to go with your friends and eat your own dishes… you have to share, trust me. What else would you do at a tapas place anyway? Our server was very helpful and went through the whole menu with us, pointing out which dishes were his favorite, which were spicy and based on my distaste for seafood, which he thought I’d enjoy.
Alison and I chose five dishes: edamame with salt (they also have a spicier option), beef teriyaki, ribs, chicken pad thai and sweet potato tempura. Moksa serves their dishes as they are ready, not all at once, so they are brought out as soon as they are fully cooked and steaming hot.
Everything was so delicious that I’m not sure where to begin, so I’ll rave in the order we receive the dishes. First up was the edamame. It was exactly what you expect edamame to be: cooked, yet still a tad crunchy with the right amount of salt.
Next we received the beef teriyaki, topped with green onions and dripping with teriyaki sauce. The beef was tender, juicy and fell right off the stick. I can say the same about the beef ribs. They were surprisingly served with potato chips, which at first I thought was unusual, but complimented the tasty ribs nicely.
I’ve never tried tempura, so I was very excited when the sweet potato tempura came to the table. It looked crunchy, and it sure was. The crunchy, yet soft tempura was fried to perfection and the sweet potato filling was creamy, yet not dense. The combo was mouthwatering.
Finally, the chicken pad thai arrived at the table, and this was also something I’d never tried before. As much as I love peanuts, I was unsure of how it would taste with the noodles, veggies and chicken, but I was pleasantly surprised. I mostly liked how Moksa serves the peanuts on the side, so you can add as little or as much as you’d prefer.
Atmosphere at Moksa
Moksa is like a never-ending maze, but that’s fine because you don’t want it to end. Beyond the first bar and dining area is a a second, larger dining area, complete with two long rows of half table half booth seating options. Situated in the back, surrounded by black confetti-lined walls, is a black door with a red dragon painted on it.
Beyond the red dragon door is Moksa’s versatile club area that can be rented out for events and private parties during the week. On the weekends, it transforms into Moksa @ Night, their highly popular nightclub. They have rotating DJs, and an open floor plan for all the dancing you can imagine.
The best part of of Moksa’s layout is that you get to choose what sort of evening you have. If you prefer a quieter, more laid back night out, stay in the first room for a chill environment. The second dining room is for those who might want a little relaxation mixed with a bit more excitement. Head beyond the red dragon for the real party, if that’s the sort of mood you are in, of course.
Whether you want to enjoy some tapas and cocktails with a date, have a fun night of dancing with friends or a simple dinner with the family, Moksa is definitely the place to go.
– Alicia Lazzaro, Editor-in-Chief
Moksa Map & Directions
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