• The Mad Monkfish

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Serves meat, vegan options available. Sushi and Pan-Asian cuisine restaurant in Central Square. Despite its menu primarily being seafood-based, there are vegetarian and vegan options, including fancy sushi rolls and tofu entrees. Vibrant atmosphere, live jazz music some days. Previously named Thelonious Monkfish. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-10:00pm, Sat 11:30am-11:00pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

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5 Reviews

First Review by VindicatedVegan


Points +67

Mostly Veg
23 May 2023

Veggie Sushi Options

Most places don't have much beyond a cucumber or avocado roll for sushi but this place has actual options. And there are veggie options on the rest of the menu too.



Points +1126

27 Mar 2022

Thai Japanese Cuisine

The menu highlights the vegetarian options of which there are many. There is a separate category for vegetarian sushi rolls. I ordered a few rolls all of which were delicious. For
my main course I ordered a spicy tofu and vegetable dish. There was a lot of heat, so beware - 2 stars signifies a lot of red hot pepper. The dish was tasty, and they added more vegetables to substitute for the obligatory rice which I did not want. Unfortunately the whole dish literary had only 2 half inch pieces of tofu. I’d never seen that before! Why skimp so much?

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Tasty, Reasonably priced

Cons: Skimping on tofu?!?, Can get crowded quickly around dinner


Points +209

25 Feb 2022

Great options

Had their fried tofu with peanut sauce and tofu/veggie stir fry. Both delicious! Cocktails (specifically lychee one) also great. I’ve struggled to find restaurants in Boston/Cambridge with robust vegan options and a great cocktail menu and this checked all the boxes! Will def come again

Pros: Lots of vegetarian options , Lots of cocktails

Cons: Not the best labeled menu but staff knowledgeable


Points +194

27 Sep 2017

Great Lunch

My friend and I went for lunch recently and both had a tough time deciding on what to order because there were a lot of options. We ordered the Alice Coltrane Roll, Satori Tofu and Drunken Noodles with tofu. The roll was really good although they forgot to bring it out so we had it after the main dishes. The Satori Tofu was a little lacking in flavor. We ordered the drunken noodles without fish sauce, oyster sauce and egg but even though heavily modified was very good. We both had a good meal and would definitely return.

Pros: Lots of options

Cons: One dish needed improvement


Points +273

20 May 2016

Wonderful spot with live jazz!

My husband and I went to Thelonious Monkfish last night for the first time and were blown-away. It can be difficult to find a place with good vegan food for me and also animal-based food that my meat-eater husband will like. This place had both, and the selections were gourmet for sushi and pan-asian cuisine with quite a few inventive dishes with names taken from the music and fairytale worlds. I had the "Alice Coltrane Roll" (wok-roasted balsamic-glazed shiitake, green apple + asparagus tempura) and the "Frankie & Johnny Roll" (Sweet potato tempura, cream cheese + avocado wrapped in nori + rice with black + white sesame, but omitting the cream cheese) and my husband had a grilled salmon dish. Both meals were well-presented and we both enjoyed them. The menu also had some fancier pan-asian vegan dishes, featuring mushrooms, panko-crusted tofu, etc., which I look forward to trying. But truly setting the night apart for a vegan-friendly restaurant was that a three-piece jazz band was playing in the front of one section of this two section facility. Apparently there is live jazz Thursday through Sunday. There are very few restaurants in the Boston area that my husband and I, both professionals in our 40s, can go out, both find something we would truly enjoy eating (with me being vegan and him being a meat-eater), and feel like we are on a nice date. Thelonious Monkfish allowed us to do so. We definitely will be back.
Updated from previous review on Friday May 20, 2016

Pros: Variety of vegan items on menu, Live jazz, Vibrant atmosphere

Cons: Tables are very close together

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