Birthday Dinner at Evoo. Fresh!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Evoo's menu changes pretty frequently according to the availability of local ingredients

Evoo
350 Third Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 661-3866

Food-4.2/5.0
Service-3.8/5.0 Our server was pleasant but painfully awkward as he attempted to be engaging. I'd rather he just stick to refills of water and the usual template questions.

Evoo might just be my newest favorite restaurant in the Cambridge area! At $38 for 3 courses, prices are largely affordable should you decide to treat yourself/when the folks come to town. Being the lucky person I am, my colleague Jimmy took me out to dinner, carte blanc. We sampled 2 cocktails, 2 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 desserts and left, super happy! Evoo deserves a/2/3 thumbs up for the convenient location, warm decor, yummy drinks, tasty appetizers/entr√©es and creative desserts (very important). Everything was well-plated, flavors were harmonizing and and ingredients were fresh and local (when possible). 

Will be back soon!

Back Room Smoked Ham Fat-Potato Croquette with Boggy Meadow Farm's Baby Swiss and Pete & Andy's Pickles: I don't have high expectations of potato croquette in general but this was a pleasant surprise with the thin crispy crust and tender interior. Ham fat added lots of flavor.
Duck, Duck, Goose-Duck Confit- Seared Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras and Slices of Goose Breast with Lentils, Broccoli, Escarole and Sherry-Ginger Sauce: How cute is the name? Very very good. Picture speaks for itself. I wished the foie gras was a little bigger though.
New Jersey Asparagus, Lourdes' Stracciatella and 4 Star Farm's Polenta Casserole with White Truffle Oil, Sous Vide Pullet Egg and Toasted Coarse Bread Crumbs: My least favorite dish because it could use more salt, but still it was very good.
Seared Florida Kingfish Fillet wtih grated potato salad, baby artichokes, roasted peppers, charred lemon-Fennel relish and runny black olive tapenade: Fabulous. No complaints.
Seared Arctic Char Fillet with Crazy Ben's Locally-Foraged Mushroom Risotto, spring peas, Eva's pea greens and Ramp nage: delicious, sustainable fish. I enjoyed it cos it was more delicate and silky than salmon. Nom!
Parsnip cake-Looks like your regular toffee pudding cake but the parsnip added moistness and interesting flavor. Caramel was spot on. 
Sorrell Sorbet with Sugar Cookies: AMAZING. It was light and citrus-y, was refreshing, had notes of guava at the end. Ice crystals were fine and smooth.

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