Thursday, August 21, 2008

Restaurant Week - EVOO

I've never really been wowed by a restaurant week experience but I keep going back anyway :) I guess a 3 course meal for $33 is hard to pass up.

Tonight's dinner was at EVOO. Every time I think EVOO, I think Rachel Ray (urhgk) but I digress. Anyway, EVOO sounded interesting since it uses local ingredients some from its own farm (shared). Persephone and Henrietta's Table also do this.

I found the restaurant week menu at EVOO to have too many options (or maybe just too many words) which made it very confusing. In fact, I think the theme of the entire meal was "confused".

To start, I got the "Batter Fried Vermont Goat Cheese Filled Squash Blossom with Smash and Smoked Kimball Farm's Tomatoes, Onion, Garlic and Basil". Haha what a mouth full eh? I didn't like the fried parts of the squash. It wasn't nicely fried and kinda soggy. Vaguely resembled tempura. I didn't enjoy the dish much.

SO got the "Pan Fried Striped Bass Belly Cake with Nectarine Salsa and Lime Mayo" as his appetizer. This was much better and tasted quite good! Too bad this wasn't mine.

For mains, I got the Turf in Surf. Are you ready for the description? There seem to be randomly placed hyphens in it ...

"Old Bay Chicken Sausage Stuffed Crisp Fried - Soft Shell Crab with Roasted Pepper - Potato Salad, Toasted Verill Farm's Corn Salsa and Mustard Mayonnaise"

Ok I will stop nit picking on the descriptions and get to the food. My dish was pretty good and the presentation was unique. The sausage was actually masquerading as one of the claws of the soft shell crab! :) The corn salsa and potato salad were good too though I don't think they blended all as a dish.

Can you spot the impostor sausage?

SO was rather disappointed with his Lamb in a Blanket dish. He said there was too much going on. I took a bite and wasn't impressed so I stuck to mine and refused to share heehee.

For dessert I got the Lavender Crème brûlée . I liked the lavender flavor in the custard but the crust layer was too thick. SO got the molten chocolate cake with marshmellow sauce. We agreed that it wasn't very good. The sauce was too sweet and the chocolate cake was alright.

Creme Brulee and Chocolate Cake

Chomp Meter
I won't be back unless a friend insists on eating there. Pros of this place are that there's parking in the back, local ingredients and creative presentation. The con is that it is forgettable. Do you think it would be better under non restaurant week circumstances?


118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
Phone: 617 661 3866

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Pam said...

Wow, those descriptions are crazy. I think it would take me an hour just to decipher it all!

Amy said...

I think restaurants are always better under non-restaurant week circumstances. It's too hard to mass produce 3 options for the restaurant week crowd at that price without sacrificing something. I've never been happy with my RW experiences either...

mini said...

hi pam ..yeah I scanned it quickly and "surprised" myself with whatever was served lol

hi amy .. I've heard though that serving 3 options is easier than doing the regular menu. But for some reason restaurant week is always mediocre. Anyway not a chef myself so I don't know for sure hehe said...

Thank you for the post, really useful data.