Thursday, April 12, 2012

Restaurant Week at Russell House Tavern

The night before Pigalle there was Russell House Tavern. My Dad happened to be out and about in Harvard Square and invited my sister and I to dinner, letting us choose the place. Separately, we each suggested Russell House, which is no surprise considering they are consistently excellent; we both knew the cocktails and food would serve to impress. Plus, the lively yet casual environment would aptly fit the impromptu mood. The fact that it happened to be restaurant week was an added bonus, and of course, we all had to participate after we were seated and gave the menu a run down. Leah and Dad ordered the same of each course. You can't go wrong with the RHT raw bar, and as far as their entree goes, they remarked over again how fresh and well prepared the bass was. I thought their dessert was better than mine, and so did they.
1. RHT Raw Bar Sampler | 2 Duxbury Count Neck clams, 2 local oysters, 2 jumbo shrimp
2. Grilled Striped Sea Bass | escarole, borlotti beans, anchovy roasted carrots
3. Lemon Cheesecake | lavender honey

As for my meal, this was my first time eating lamb tartare! I will likely compare future lamb tartares to Chef Scelfo's intriguing and delicious preparation. My braised oxtails were incomparable as well, perhaps one of the best entrees I've had in recent memory, every ingredient was complimentary and flawless. Dessert didn't blow my mind, probably because the appetizer and entree were a very tough act to follow. I had high expectations and the berry mousse didn't quite live up.1. American Lamb Tartar | anise cracker, orange & fennel, juniper honey
2. Sassafras Braised Archer Farms Oxtails | caraway spaetzle, roasted apples, spicy glazed onions
3. Berry Mousse | chocolate sauce

Russell House is a shining example of why I get excited for Restaurant Week; and continues to remain a reason alone to visit Harvard Square. Many thanks for treating us to dinner, Dad!

20 comments:

Simply Life said...

I always see that place in Harvard Square and it looks good from the outside but never am "quite sure" - glad to hear your review!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

Yum meal #2...yes please!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Your blog posts make me wish that I had participated in RW this spring!

In and Around Town said...

Looks like a fantastic meal - lamb tartare sounds delicious! I am a huge fan of Russell House Tavern, definitely a reason to cross the river

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

That lamb tartare looks awesome. I need to get to Russell House!

Shannon said...

I've been once and was definitely impressed... can't wait to get back there :)

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I've never had lamb tartare either! Maybe if it's still on the regular menu, I can try it :)

meesh said...

i would have ordered the exact same things you did! braised meats and fruity desserts for the win.

i've noticed RHT has stepped up its game recently with new menu items

Michelle Collins said...

I adore Russell House Tavern. They always have a good draft beer selection, too!

Michelle Collins said...

I adore Russell House Tavern. They always have a good draft beer selection, too!

Sacha said...

Everything looks perfectly prepared. Your oxtails were clearly beyond tender. I've read nothing but praise for RHT, yet I've never been!

Amber said...

my goodness, you and your family are some adventurous eaters! I think the lamb tartare may be a little out there for me but the oxtails look like beef so I would be totally down for trying that. I'll have to look for it when I go out to dinner (although most of the restaurants by us tend to be of the burger variety)

MelissaNibbles said...

I'm drooling over your meal! I love that Russell House Tavern embraced the spirit of Restaurant Week and was adventurous and creative with their offerings.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I want some of that spaetzel. RHT never disappoints!

Elizabeth said...

I say this on every RHT blog post, I shockingly still have never been. It's top 3 places that I'm going to go next.

Megan said...

The braised oxtails look incredible!! What a nice night out!

Meghan said...

Yummy, I haven't been to Russell House in ages!

CoCo Wray said...

What a fun meal for you . I have to admit I tend to be less adventurous when it comes to lamb....

MOLLY GALLER said...

When I first went to Russell House, I wasn't sure how I'd do as a vegetarian, but I must admit, everything I ordered was fantastic. Glad you and the family had such a great meal!

Anonymous said...

As the dad from the cape I'm amazed no one commented on the seabass it was truly outstanding .as a visitor to the two fine cities when I asked the girls where they wanted to go RHT was there unanimous choice