My husband and I went Harvard square on saturday evening and ate dinner at OM restaurant & Upstairs on the square. We had been to OM once when it first openned and liked it, but this time around we thought everything was great. We started with the amuse which was a minature duck hamburger with grilled peaches, very cute, tasty & original. For appetizers I had the cold borscht soup which was out of this world. It was infused with fresh ginger and instead of using the typical dill and boiled potato, the chef used cilantro and smoked mini potatoes. The soup was presented with all the little items arranged in the bowl & the waiter poured the soup out of a asian iron tea pot. We also shared the softshell crab with creamed corn, which was equally delicious.
For entrees we both shared the escolar & the lamb. the escolar was pan roasted until golden and sliced. It came with a kewpie karshi mentaiko (sp) mayonaise, which the waiter informed me was a japanese mayonaise with which the chef then added chili cured pollack roe. There was a salad of shaved baby zuchinni and wild arugula & fried squash blossoms. Additionally, there was a Blue king prawn sitting on top of the fish and a cold basil puree, which looked like it was pulled across the plate with a paint brush.
The lamb was fantastic as well. It was grilled and sliced and served on a green olive jam with artiechokes and shaved parmesan. The lamb was domestic which was nice to see because it is so much better than the new zealand or australian lamb sold in most markets or restaurants. I asked the waiter why domestic lamb & he actually got the chef. The chef came out to our table and explained that the cost of the lamb is very high because it is a superior product, a larger animal & not as many of the lamb are raised as to comparison to the aus or nz lamb. She also said that their diets are different, but I forget what she said they ate. The chef actually sat down with us (it was busy) and proceeded to ask us about our evening, the food, our wine and where we were from and what we were planning for the rest of the evening. She also suggested a couple other restaurants to try, which I was surprised. I think she spent 15 minutes at our table (rare).
The first time we went to OM the service was definatley lacking & we were expecting the same this time. Our waiter was excellent; he made great suggestions from the wine list in our price range & when we went to order a more expensive bottle of wine he actually suggested that we go with the less expensive bottle we were looking at because he felt it would go better with the food. Those little things are important to me because when it comes to wine I always feel like the waiters are trying to just sell me an expensive bottle.
Overall, the decor is stunning, the food is breathtaking to look at, original and delicious. The service was relaxed but attentive and the whole experience was a positive one.
After dinner we both went across the street to Upstairs on the square and decided to sit outside at a table. We both had a delicious riesling and just watched the people walk by. Our waiter informed us that apparently Winthrop st is going to be renovated and shutdown & turned into a pedestrain only street. All the restaurants have been approved for outdoor seating and that all the restaurants are now working on decorating. This explains all the flower boxes sitting in front of OM.
Both these restaurants will be participating in restaurant week & would suggest to eat at both of them. I have been going to upstairs on the square for years and have always enjoyed it & OM is a wonderful new spot as well.