Little Donkey - Central Sq, Cambridge

Manti (Istanbul Meat Ravioli). Garlic‎ sour cream, red pepper butter.

Manti (Istanbul Meat Ravioli). Garlic‎ sour cream, red pepper butter.

(Right) Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail. Avocado, cilantro, saltines.

(Right) Mexican Style Shrimp Cocktail. Avocado, cilantro, saltines.

Silver Queen Corn. Parmesan, bone marrow, bonito, aioli, hot sauce. (This was our favorite! Who knew a corn dish can be this good!?!)

Silver Queen Corn. Parmesan, bone marrow, bonito, aioli, hot sauce. (This was our favorite! Who knew a corn dish can be this good!?!)

Burger. Dry aged beef, buffalo pickles, onion soup mayo, foie gras, jalapeño chips

Burger. Dry aged beef, buffalo pickles, onion soup mayo, foie gras, jalapeño chips

Tikka Masala Fried Sole. Curry yogurt, cilantro, chili.

Tikka Masala Fried Sole. Curry yogurt, cilantro, chili.

Matzo Ball Ramen. Chicken broth, burnt onion, schmaltz tare, corn, spicy chicken. (Warning: NOT a "small plate" dish!)

Matzo Ball Ramen. Chicken broth, burnt onion, schmaltz tare, corn, spicy chicken. (Warning: NOT a "small plate" dish!)

Little Donkey, a global small plate restaurant, opened up this past summer right in Central Square - steps away from my place! It has been one of Boston's most highly anticipated restaurant openings of the year because of its two award-winning chefs: Ken Oringer & Jamie Bissonnette. We decided to finally give it a try as a little celebratory dinner for my birthday and we were not disappointed.

I'm always hesitant with tapas-style restaurants as I feel like we're often left with either an unsatisfied stomach, or an incredibly large bill. Our server recommended us to order 2-4 dishes per person, so we ended up getting 6. We were definitely stuffed by the end of our meal (even before the huge bowl of ramen came), so I would say the upper limit of the recommendation might be for those who order more of their hors d'oeuvres. The main dishes were not "small plates" - so consider yourselves warned!!

What we loved about Little Donkey was its variety. Very fitting for Central Sq's diversity, Little Donkey offers flavors from all around the globe. This made the meal exciting and unpredictable. Our favorite, surprisingly, was the spicy silver queen corn dish.

For restaurant enthusiasts, I'd highly recommend checking them out. If you're looking for an established dependable cuisine, this may not be the place for you. However, if you're up for some carefully crafted dishes with flavors from all your favorite cuisines, you're in for a treat. I believe this is something Central has been missing: not another convenient grab-and-go dinner place, but a dependably exciting treat after a long week of work. They're also open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until late at night so I look forward to seeing the role they play in this neighborhood in the coming months!

Photos by me.

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