O, sushi! Yes, it certainly is my all-time favorite food. I could never get tired of eating it and I’m so happy that my family enjoys it almost as much. Yup, that includes our 3-year-old daughter who – during the day while at home bored and on the kitchen floor – decided to video call her daddy at work and begged to have sushi for dinner. Luckily, he agreed. And that’s when we decided to try out O Sushi in Harvard Square.
Whenever my husband asks, “Can I take you out for dinner [tomorrow night]?” a very hasty response of, “Definitely!” shoots out of my mouth before I even have time to decipher what he said. Thus, this was the first thing that came out of his mouth when he got home from work on Thursday night. Date night with him has been something I’ve learned to savor lately in anticipation of our baby’s arrival this November, and the thought of not being able to go out for a long time gives me the chills.
So to add to the thrill of date night on a Friday night, I let him pick the place and keep it a surprise. And I was pleasantly surprised to find out that he had picked Blue Inc., chef/owner Jason Santos‘ new place in Boston’s financial district. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Chef Santos’ fame, he was the runner-up in the 7th season of Gordan Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” (remember the guy with blue hair? Yup, that’s him!). He was also the former chef over at Gargoyles on the Square in Somerville’s Davis Square. We went to the special viewing party that they held in the Gargoyles parking lot last August to watch the Hell’s Kitchen season finale in anticipation that they would announce Jason as the winner, but alas it was the other chef that won. I guess the best thing for Bostonians is that it meant he would stay here in Massachusetts and eventually open up his own place.
Another highlight from our Seattle trip was dinner at Ivar’s Acres of Clams on the waterfront. As touristy or hokey as it seemed, we decided to try it out because our duck tour guide highly recommended it and they just recently celebrated their 100th anniversary, so they’ve got to be doing something right, right?
We celebrated our second anniversary last Tuesday by having dinner at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Market restaurant in downtown Boston. It’s in the lobby of the new W hotel on Stuart Street so it was easy to take the red line to Park Street from Harvard Square.
It had been so long since we’ve been in that part (the theatre district) of town so we didn’t even realize that a W hotel had opened up there. I have to say, the W is probably my favorite chain of hotels, especially after we stayed at one in Seattle. The lobby of this one is really cool and so modern. They have a lounge area with big leather couches surrounded by sheer drapes. It would be a really nice place to hang out in after work for drinks some time.
The first thing that we both noticed and commented on after being seated inside the restaurant was the decor, more specifically the use of wood on the walls and on the ceiling. The atmosphere and ambience in Market is relaxed yet chic and refined. The decor was simple yet interesting at the same time. They had these cool rock vases holding daisies on each table. The rocks are real, believe it or not, with a hole drilled into them so they can hold water and the flowers.
We decided to get a half bottle of wine and enjoyed the St. Supery 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. It was a really nice cabernet and went well with all of the food we had that night. (Note to self: definitely need to visit their winery during our next California trip.)
They had delicious sourdough bread for us to enjoy before our food arrived, which was a good thing because we were both pretty hungry. We shared the sea scallop appetizer dish and could not get over how delicious each morsel was. Seriously! I think we both could’ve eaten ten more plates of it all night. It’s served with caramelized cauliflower and a caper-raisin emulsion.
I explained to our waitress that I am allergic to cracked red pepper and bell peppers. She came back to our table to let us know that the sauce for the scallops contained cayenne pepper so the chef put it on the side for us. I have to give them two thumbs up for this because I’ve had several experiences where wait staff and/or kitchen staff don’t know/realize/remember what spices come from bell peppers. Things like paprika and Old Bay seasoning. The biggest one is whenever I order a burger and tell them to hold the tomato because of that allergy, yet 9 times out of 10, the waiter will bring me ketchup for my fries.
I had the lobster entree for dinner, and wow! Talk about a fantastic plate! I usually don’t order lobster at a restaurant because, let’s face it, it’s usually quite boring if it’s served with just butter. This was served with butter fried garlic over sauteed spinach and some julienned ginger. It normally has dried chili on it but they were omitted due to my food allergies. I couldn’t get over how beautiful the presentation of the dish was for at least a couple of minutes, and then I couldn’t stop talking about how delicious it was.
But my husband probably didn’t hear very much of my ooohing and ahhhing because he was quite mesmerized by the grilled lamb chops that he ordered. They were served with a smoked chili glaze with King Oyster mushrooms and broccoli rabe. And he got them medium rare. He’s not the type of person that likes to eat with his hands but believe me, he was using them to get every last piece of meat off the bones by the end of our meal – they were that delicious!
I have to say that that was one of our best dining experiences ever. The portions were surprisingly larger than we had expected for such a nice restaurant in the city, and the flavors were just unbelievable. We regrettably didn’t get dessert here, so that can be our excuse for going back for another night out. 🙂 I would highly recommend Market for a romantic dinner and for celebrating special occasions. It would also be a great place to sit at the bar and enjoy one of their pizzas or appetizers.
100 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116