Back Bay’s Dumpling Palace, Taste of Somerville, and more – The Boston Globe

Hunting for late-night snacks? The Back Bay’s new Dumpling Palace (179 Massachusetts Ave. at St. Germain Street) is your savior: The 48-seat restaurant, with an open kitchen showcasing dumpling prep, steams and fries the puffy rounds from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m. daily. It’s the sister restaurant to Chinatown’s popular Dumpling Cafe, known for juicy xiao long bao (soup dumplings) and oyster pancakes. It replaces Chinese restaurant Nan Ling.

Beacon Hill’s cozy Pierrot Bistrot Francais (272 Cambridge St. at Anderson Street) will transform into Ma Maison on June 1. It’s now helmed by noted chef Jacky Robert, who’s known for Boston’s Petit Robert Bistro restaurants. “Visit us for even more delicious French food, unique daily specials, and a new cocktail list!” they enthuse on Facebook.

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Bread & Salt Hospitality will open Juliet restaurant and cafe in Somerville’s Union Square later this summer (257 Washington St. at Somerville Avenue). Co-owners Josh Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri are using crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise $40,000 toward the launch. In the campaign, they promise “leisurely weekend experiences,” including afternoon tea service, and a retail section with pottery and handmade aprons. Bread & Salt was recently the pop-up culinary team for South End speakeasy Wink & Nod.

In other Somerville news, the 17th annual Taste of Somerville outdoor food festival happens on June 3, with more than 60 participating restaurants and breweries (50 Holland St. at Wallace Street). Aeronaut Brewing, Bantam Cider, Bergamot, Bronwyn, Casa B, Highland Kitchen, the Kirkland Tap & Trotter, La Brasa, and Meju are just a few of the local favorites slated to serve. The smorgasbord starts at 5:30 p.m.; tickets are $50 (a $75 VIP ticket gets you tableside service and craft cocktails). Proceeds benefit the Somerville Home senior residence. Visit for information — tickets go fast.


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