Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette love this city. The award-winning culinary dream duo seems to be in perpetual motion, traveling far and wide to bring a bazaar of Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Korean, and Thai flavors to Boston by way of uber-popular restaurants Coppa and UNI, and beloved tapas bar concept Toro. They’ve even brought a little piece of Boston’s pride to the world with Toro expansions to New York City and Bangkok. Soon, Dubai residents will be able to get their fill of jamón and sherry, too.
Still, when all of the jet-setting is done, Boston is their home. We sat down to chat with the two chefs in the dining room of their newest venture, Little Donkey, a neighborhood-y spot that just opened in Cambridge’s Central Square. We talked about creativity through the constraints of a small menu, fridge raids as inspiration, the demise of Brangelina, and what it’s like to cook tapas in Thailand.