Last night I had the pleasure of attending the one year anniversary party and celebration of achievement for BanQ, a contemporary French/Asian fusion restaurant in Boston’s South End. Within the past couple of years, the South End has sprouted with new eclectic restaurants; however, what makes BanQ so noteworthy is not limited to their delicious food, but their award-winning interior design. Thus, this celebration was in combination with Wallpaper Magazine, who awarded BanQ with their “best new restaurant” award in 2009.
The party’s attendees included Boston area public relations professionals, beauty insiders, and interior designers among others. I brought my friend and coworker, Leighann Farrelly, who is the Director of Marketing in Boston for Yelp.com. I knew this party was right up her alley, and she was more than enthused to attend! Before mingling and chatting, we hit up the bar, where they were featuring four delicious-sounding cocktails. We both opted for the Deerhunter, BanQ’s version of a gingery-mojito, concocted with Goslings Bermuda Rum, ginger beer, blood orange puree, mint, and lime. This cocktail was strikingly similar to a cocktail I’ve requested at Drink multiple times. Perhaps I’ve started a Boston cocktail trend?
Embarrassingly, I had never been to BanQ before, so I was thrilled to see the space firsthand. The interior really is striking, with the ceiling definitely taking command of the space. BanQ WAS actually a bank, so the designers at Office dA took advantage of the sky-high ceilings with creating an amazing birch wood design which curves and dips throughout the dining room. The grounded lighting and minimalist furniture only magnifies the beauty of the ceiling.
Other than indulging in the delicious libations, we were able to snag a few small bites, including Ginger Tuna Tartar and Celery Fritters with Mango Mint Dip. My only gripe was I wish I could have sampled more! I never imagined French and Southeast Asian food could pair together so well, but the flavors really do compliment one another terrifically. I will definitely be back at BanQ soon to sample more of their food, including their new $5 small plates bar menu.
As with most industry events, it was fabulous to connect with other insiders. I finally met The Daily Obsession’s friends from CBH Communications, Marlo Marketing, and new connections with pros from The Moxie Agency, SilverShots, Poggenpohl, and Flauxy. It was great to be surrounded by individuals who are also passionate about beautiful design, journalism, and fabulous food and drinks!