We broke out the tandem last night to bike down the street and check out Tonic: http://www.tonicboston.com.
Interior: Someone had the bright idea to upholster the chairs in green embossed pleather. The bar pulsated in neon green and orange lights along to a Katy Perry beat. The music wasn't overwhelming though and the service was very solicitous.
Drinks: The cocktail list looked vodka-tini heavy, though the draft beer list had a number of craft favorites: Pretty Things Jack D'Or, Kentucky Bourbon Aged Ale, Cisco Grey Lady, Allagash White. DH had a gin martini with blue cheese olives and I went for a perfectly serviceable St. Clair Estates Pinot Noir.
Parsnip Chowder with Candied Bacon, Tempura Clams, Caramelized Shallot, Potato, Chervil - the broth was thin and the whole dish was too sweet.
"Banh Mi Salad" Tuna Tartar in Crispy Wonton, Avocado Mousse, and Charred Pepper Puree - I am a sucker for tuna tartar anyway, and this one came on top of a lovely carrot slaw with a slightly Asian twist of sesame seeds.
Mussels Steamed in Belgian Style White Ale Belgian Endive, Fennel, and French Fries - crispy fennel, perfectly done fries, beer-y broth - I was a happy camper.
The owner/manager was very attentive and I hope they'll get their food-footing shortly.