We tried the newest addition to the South End restaurant scene, BOMA, a new gastropub in the former Pho Republique/Bombay Club space. I think it was the third night of its being open tonight. All around, pretty good, solid food.
We ordered two apps, a roasted clam dish with toasted bread and sausage and a slow cooked shortrib taco. Both were good, but my pick would be the shortrib taco to have again.
From the small plates menu, we ordered the burger with duck fat french fries and a small portion of the bucatini. The burger was pretty great. We ordered medium, but we got rare to medium rare, which I had no problem with but my wife claimed afterward it was "bloody". We often disagree on the doneness of things, though. The bucatini is pretty standard noodles, tomato sauce, shaved parmesan on top. I think there was a cured meat involved as well, but can't remember which.
Lastly, we had the monkfish entree with white beans and spinach. The monkfish had nicely crisped skin and firm flesh. Our party had only one drink, a martini, and all the food described came out to $88 or so.
The space of the restaurant was nicely opened up from previous incarnations, which had seemed partitioned off. The service was uniformly on point. The only sign I saw of the restaurant being in the first days of operation was that they didn't yet have high chairs for my little daughter (we brought a booster from home). They should have some soon. We ate very early on a Thursday, so it wasn't busy when we started. It was a little busier when we left.
All in all, everything was at least good. Nothing earth shattering, but I'd recommended the burger, monkfish and the tacos. Prices seem good for the South End, service was good so far.