After hearing good things about it for so long, I finally went to OMBI for the first time last night. I must say that it met and exceeded my high expectations.
First, a word about the physical environment. What an incredible space. It manages to be both modern chic and warmly accomodating. I love the cantilevered wood panels. And the lighting was just right - not too dark nor too bright.
I began with the soup special which was a puree of sweet potato. It was perfectly executed, rich and flavorful.
Although there were many other appealing options, I decided to go with the much ballyhooed foie gras stuffed hamburger with pomme frites for an entree. I usually tend to scoff at adorning a hamburger with such highfalutin ingredients, but I had just heard too many high praises not to give it a shot. Friends, it was every bit as indulgent, and every bit as delicious as I imagined it could be - one of the best hamburgers I have ever tasted. It was dressed with garlic aioli and caramelized onions, and each bite was a juicy flavorful moment of joy. The fries were stellar, too.
I was a bit underwhelmed looking over the dessert options, but the creme brulee I ended up with was outstanding - surely one of the best in the city. It was in a wider, shallower dish, so as to maximize the amount of crunchy caramel. Highly recommended.
So I would love to hear others' opinions about OMBI. I hope to return soon to sample more items. I never want to make over-arching proclaimations after only one visit, but I feel that OMBI could be one of Nashville's best overall restaurants. What do you think?