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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
A Hidden Gem: Harvest Restaurant
Cambridge has a lot of restaurants or stores tucked inside/within a building in an alleyway. One such place is Harvest, which features modern New England cuisine. The restaurant is tucked along a cobblestone pathway in the heart of the Harvard Square. I have never seen the restaurant until the night I visited for my birthday.
Ideally, the restaurant was serving a special menu for the Restaurant Week. The 3-course dinner started with the Orange Roasted Beet & Citrus Salad: Pumello Grapefruit, Tarragon & Artisan Greens.
The plate was aesthetically pleasing: simple, yet having all the components of a "perfect" salad. I just wished it was a bit more colorful...perhaps some baby tomatoes?
The combination of bitter greens and grapefruit and sweet roasted yellow beet was quite unforgettable. I usually don't like dressing on my salad, but the vinaigrette wasn't too overpowering.
For the main course, I had Sautéed Gulf Prawns: Spring Vegetable Succotash, Grilled Scallion & Olive Salad.
The shrimps were extremely juicy and tender, and seasoned with slightly spicy cayenne pepper. Hopefully it wasn't too spicy for my friend, who absolutely cannot stand spicy food! The vegetables were lightly sauteed in olive oil.
I love restaurants that focus on the quality rather than the quantity of food. The dish certainly would not have satisfied famished people, but the portion was just enough for me to enjoy it and crave it a little more.
For dessert, I opted for the lactose-free option: Lemon Sorbet. When I took my first spoonful, I had to squint my eyes because it was extremely sour! They must have squeezed lemon and just put that straight into the freezer!
While I was enjoying my sorbet, the waiter surprised me with a glass of sparkling wine! My first legal drink :)
My friend had the Brown Sugar Pineapple Cake with Rum Tapioca and Pistachios.