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STEEPED IN the passion of restaurateur/force-of-nature Rebecca Roth Gullo—who also owns The Gallows and Blackbird Doughnuts—Banyan Bar + Refuge handsomely fulfills the promise of its own billing as a “modern Asian gastropub.” An easy pirouette round the corner from the Boston Ballet on Clarendon Street in the South End, the spacious first-floor walkup sets its tone with an artful arrangement of tiki, twigs and paper lanterns that playfully tickles the belly of Zen. The menu features a great range of veggie options, and there are flavor delights throughout: We especially recommend the roasted carrots with tahini yogurt and the crumbly lime ice cream sandwich for dessert, which comes with a fortune cookie. The drink selection is outstanding, from the Slovenian Pullus pinot grigio to the local Night Shift Whirlpool Pale Ale. 553 Tremont St., 617.556.4211.