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Appealing Asian tapas at Ming Tsai’s Blue Dragon

A wave of new restaurants are opening in Fort Point this year, and from the looks of the crowds at Ming Tsai's three-month-old Blue Dragon on A Street, the neighborhood is ravenous for more.

Tsai, of “Simply Ming” fame on WGBH-TV, calls his new venture an Asian gastropub, a tapas-style take on the higher-end fare he serves at Blue Ginger in Wellesley. It’s a clever concept, with small plates circling the continent, from Indonesian shepherd’s pie to pad Thai to Vietnamese banh mi. And the setting is hip and casual: a long, triangular building with triangular tables, reclaimed barn wood, and wrought-iron light fixtures; rock music fills the air and the TVs are tuned to sports. An antique mirror transformed into a water sculpture makes it appear as if rain is pouring down outside one window, a feng shui element that gives the corner a cozy feel.

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