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Bob Dobalina | Mar 6, 2007 12:04 PM

My DC and I decided to give OM a shot at the last minute - we had no problem getting an RW seating for 7 pm at 4 pm that afternoon. Later slots were pretty full.

In terms of time spent, we definitely got our money's worth - did not leave until close to 11.

We checked with the staff to see if we could go off-menu for the apps, which we were, for the price difference of $5/app, which I felt was fair.

We started with two fancy drinks from their mixologist - I had the Rosecena?, which was supposed to be a gin martini, with infusions of cucumber, basil ? and roses. Pretty much tasted like gin to me, but it was tasty. The cucumber slice garnish definitely soaked up a lot of the alcohol by the end of the drink. I did not detect any rose. My DC had a lavendar-infused martini, that again was tasty, but did not have any detectable notes of lavendar.

An amuse bouche of a cream of mushroom soup was thick, served in a little demitasse cup.

We started with a light cornbread for bread basket, with a Japanese soup spoon with a ball of very light butter - nice.

Throughout the evening, we also had a bowl or two of truffled cheese popcorn that was scrumptious.

For apps: We had the cauliflower soup with smoked scallops, the ubiquitous micro-cilantro and some other doodads. It was creamy and delicious - a nice smoky flavor throughout - the consistency of a bisque - We also tried the heralded deconstructed caesar, which was a huge mess, but interesting to eat. I think I prefer my salad constructed, but it made for a novel presentation.

For dinner, we shared two of the RW offerings - sea scallops with some sort of a curry-like sauce that was out of this world (and the scallops were cooked perfectly) - and the braised pork, which was fall-apart with your fork good. Interesting note of horseradish? among the stewed apples gave it a surprising kick.

I just gave a glass of merlot a chance, after the 4 table next to us all opted for Pinot Noir - The merlot is rather pedestrian, but it was well-suited for the variety of foods at the table. DC had a glass of Pinot as well, that was good enough to order a second to go with dessert.

We toyed with the idea of going with the cheeses, but instead opted for the RW offerings - an orange-scented pound cake with some sort of ice cream and little blueberries was surprisingly good (You know, it's pound cake....) and a trio of sorbets that were fine. My cup of coffee had a nice flavor, but brewed weak for my taste.

All in all, ended up dropping considerably more than the RW prices once you tack on the bar bill and the valet fee (parking in Harvard Sq. sucks...and I have good parking karma!).

I honestly would consider going again on a regular evening. The back of the house seems to have some flair - and we were both stuffed by the end of the night, despite the leisurely pacing - I believe some reviewers in the past have commented on the lack of portion size - they are not enormous, but it was of a good size.

The whole place should really smack of pretension (and we were not allowed to sit at a booth that was "reserved for one of the owners" that I am pretty sure went unoccupied the entire evening, but no matter) and the somewhat ham-handed, half-attempts at molecular gastronomy are sort of silly. So as a concept, I don't know if I really dig the place, but the food is actually quite good.

I am sure I would hate it if it were in Boston-proper. As it is, the wait-staff were students who were professional and relaxed with a minimum of snootiness. It was enjoyable mostly. The lounge-y first floor definitely has more going for it for my more-regular business.

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