I had a wonderful dinner last weekend at Harvest, an elegant modern American restaurant in the heart of Harvard Square. They’ve been serving up creative, seasonal menus with the best and freshest ingredients for over 40 years!
My friend and I started out our meal with some refreshing cocktails — the Lajara, a drink of tequila, lime, orange, and fennel; and the Bee’s Bonnet, a drink of gin, st. germain, lemon juice, and honey.
For food, we began with the a delicious Citrus Cured Salmon Crudo. Made with carrot jus, tangerine, cherry bomb, dill and cilantro, it was perfectly tangy and sweet.
Then, two wonderful dishes — the Griddled Beatrix Brie, and the “Land and Sea” Campanelle, which was completed with duck confit, sea urchin, mussels, bottarga, and lemon. It was one of my favorites of the night!
Before our main course, we tried one of Harvest’s Lobster Gougères, which are these wonderful little pastries with with dough and cheese. They are so light and delicious!
For entrées we went with the Roasted Mushroom Risotto, and the “New England Seafood Boil.” While Risotto doesn't always make for the best picture, whenever I see it on a menu, I have to get it. It's one of my favorite things in the world, and this one from Harvest was certainly not a disappointment.
The Seafood Boil was equally as delicious. It was a dish of redfish, scallops, mussels, clams, black gnocchi (which was so soft —it basically melted in my mouth!), swiss chard, fennel, and a lemongrass seaweed broth. The Beverage Director helped us pick out a wonderful Chardonnay that paired perfectly with this.
As if it couldn’t get any better, Harvest has some of the most beautiful plated desserts in the city. I went with their Lemon Tart (Lemon desserts are my favorite!) which was a dessert of Meyer lemon cream, meringue, coconut sorbet, candied lemon, and a citrus shortcrust pastry.
My friend opted for the Toffee Cake, a dessert of poached kumquats, caramelized yogurt, toffee sauce, and a pomegranate beet sorbet.
Check out Harvest’s full menu here. They are located at 44 Brattle Street in Cambridge.
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