Where: Evoo – 350 3rd Street Cambridge, MA 02142
When: March, 2012
How is it April already? March has been dubbed Munch Madness as I feel like all I did was eat, whether at home or out. I must slow things down as at this rate I will be plump but broke by the end of the year.
Having never taken part in Boston’s restaurant week I was eager to do so this round. Having wanted to go back to EVOO after a business dinner there last year (where I couldn’t even tell you what I ate as I was too busy being businessy) Libby and I decided to try it out.
I had made a reservation although when we showed up they didn’t even look it up so not sure that was necessary. We were quickly seated and greeted by our waiter, Wes, who was helpful and professional. The space is open but cozy, very welcoming.
From the restaurant week menu Libby started with the Maine Mussels Steamed with Potatoes, Onions, and Thai Green Curry and I had the Cornmeal Crusted Fried Oysters with Goat Cheese Fondue and Apple-Bacon Salsa. Libby liked the mussels saying it was a well prepared flavorful dish. I loved the fried oysters, I could have eaten another dozen of them. The cornmeal crust gave them a nice texture. The goat cheese fondue was really flavorful although a little thicker than I expected – less of a fondue and more of a creamed cheese I would say. Very heavy. I was not a fan of the Apple Bacon Salsa though – the apple was very firm and in large chunks and it was just a strange flavor combination.
For our entrees, Libby had the Seared Arctic Char Filet with Celery Root Puree, Curried Roots and Creamy Apple Salad which she said was cooked nicely with a crispy skin but was was on the watery side (which I could see). A “B-” she stated. I had the Braised Lamb-Potato Croquette with Roasted Peppers, Cremini Mushrooms, Pete’s Sweet Pickles, Fried Egg and Lemony Lamb Juice. I actually couldn’t taste much lamb in this which was surprising as I would have thought that flavor would have dominated the others if anything. The sauce was not particularly flavorful and everything was very brown which was a bit unappealing. The egg on top was great. Overall disappointing though.
For dessert we decided to split the Chocolate-Banana Bread Pudding with Warm Buttermilk Caramel and Spiced Toffee Parsnip Cake with Pistachio Ice Cream. I had high hopes for the bread pudding as I have had some wonderful ones at Chez Henri and Temple Bar but it was really not good. The actual bread pudding was fine but the buttermilk caramel was very strange tasting. It just didn’t work. It was too sweet and had a unnatural taste it, like something you would find at a carnival stand. Dislike! The Spiced Toffee Parsnip Cake on the other hand was delicious.
Overall, the atmosphere and service at EVOO was great but I would not recommend it because the food was inconsistent. Some of the dishes we got were really good but then others were not. What a shame.