An exploration of Peruvian-Asian culture, RUKA (located at The Godfrey Hotel) embraces the exquisite presentations and bold flavors of Nikkei and Chifa cuisines while expressing the harmony of South America’s dramatic landscapes and vibrant cities with organic design and dynamic service.
Fabric Quarterly happened upon this incredible restaurant/bar in the heart of Boston to enjoy a delectable dining experience that is not to be missed.
Bright flavors and colors embody the essence of RUKA, where Peruvian, Japanese and Chinese staples feed the culinary and cultural curiosities of gourmands and travelers alike. Nikkei and Chifa cuisines were brought to Peru by large immigrant populations, combining traditional recipes from Japan and China, respectively, with local ingredients and spices to create a new epicurean category. Culinary Director Tom Berry and Chef Thomas Park borrow from Peruvian preparations, techniques and diverse produce to serve social plates of sushi, ceviche, wok-fried rice, wontons and more. The menu is divided into four sections, with highlights including:
Sushi; Chilled + Raw; Anticuchos and Anticuchos
The thoughtfully curated wine list features 80 bottles from around the world. RUKA’s cocktail menu continues to highlight the marriage of Peru and Japan by focusing on Peruvian Pisco and Japanese Whiskey and incorporating some simple influences from the kitchen.
Ruka has won acclaim from:
The Improper Bostonian, Boston’s Best 2018,
Hotel Bar Boston magazine, Top New Restaurants, 2017
The Improper Bostonian, Boston’s Best 2017,
Best Peruvian Boston magazine, Best of Boston 2017,
Best Bartender Restaurant & Bar Design Awards,
Americas Restaurant Murals & Graffiti Shortlist 2017
Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association, Boutique Restaurant 2017
RUKA transports guests to a rich and vivid world. Earthy elements such as the teak root host stand and live-edge wood tables and bar tops lay the backdrop for imaginative adornments. Patterned tiles add texture to the walls, and shou-sugi ban charred wood is contrasted with colorful, suspended rope detailing inspired by woven Peruvian fabrics. Throughout the restaurant, concrete columns are adorned with dragons and Incan patterns, symbolizing the convergence of Peruvian, Japanese and Chinese cultures and cuisines.
Daily, 5:00PM-11:00PM; late night available until 12:00AM
505 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111