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O-Bar - review

jacinthe | Jun 14, 200406:07 PM

We had late-ish reservations here on Saturday night, a table for 2 at 9:45. We'd only had drinks here before, when we were looking for a place with an outdoor bar, and were back to partake of the menu.

When we arrived, a few minutes ahead of schedule, the restaurant/bar (because I think of it more as a bar) was packed and hopping. We got mojitos at the bar - large, it is the centerpiece of the room - while we waited for our table. The host asked if it would be okay if we ate outside, to which we assented - we were *hungry, plus outside looked to be somewhat less noisy, which it was.

Menus were presented, and after we placed our order a slender snaking tray of baked flatbread and a bean salad was brought out. Very tasty - the beans retained some amount of firmness, which I like, as I hate mushy foods.

For an appetizer, we split the organic baby greens salad, and it came to us already divided onto two plates. It came with what were called "goat cheese fritters" which actually were rounds of goat cheese crusted in something like breadcrubs and lightly baked, and small marinated baby tomatoes which were supberb.

As an entree, I got the macaroni and cheese. Okay, it's official name (from the online menu) is "Lobster Macaroni and Cheese Gratin". And yes, there were slender slivers of lobster mixed in amidst the macaroni, along with some corn, with a breadcrumb crust. It wasn't as cheesy and gooey as I would have liked, but flavour-wise it was very tasty, even if it was a little light on the cheese side. There wasn't that traditional rouille to hold it together - but again, that's more of a texture thing than taste.

For his entree, my boyfriend got "Maya's "baseball" steak" (he had originally ordered the "'pot roast' of short ribs", but they were unfortuately out). This was a small-ish steak, crusted on one side with espresso grounds, which left the rather unpleasant feeling that you were eating, well, coffee grounds. I'm not sure that that tactic imparted too much flavour, but oh well. It was served with fingerling potatoes - like the beans, they were cooked sufficiently through but not to the point that they were mushy - and spinach. I liked my mac and cheese better.

For dessert, we got "the sherif's favorite homemade sugar and spice doughnuts", 5 little rectangular doughnuts served in a coffee cup, with a scoop of coffee ice cream on the side. A delightful ending - the doughnuts weren't too heavy, nor were they light air-filled pastries, as they had a satisfactory denseness to them. And the ice cream was a clever little play on the coffee/doughnuts theme.

A note needs to be made that the mojitos are inconsistent. When we were there for drinks a couple of weeks ago, they were fine (it was also very empty at the early hour of 5). This time, the first round of mojitos we got - my boyfriend's was definitely sweeter than mind, and with the second round, mine was definitely too much sour mix(as they use sour mix in the creation of this drink).

Service was prompt, which is always appreciated.

This is a *very scene-y place, I don't think I can emphasize that enough. For drinks, I'd probably return, but the dinner didn't wow me enough to make me want to go back for the food. However, for a party I'd consider it, as it isn't extravagantly ridiculous, and for groups of 5+ (I think), you can get a cabana inside, which is just fun.


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