Admittedly, this review is about three weeks overdue. In the final week of August I went out with two friends for Restaurant Week. Each cycle of Restaurant Week I dine with these same two ladies, we pick a place none of us have been to and we wear pearls, a la Coco Chanel, to mark the fancy occasion. This dinner was our 9th of the tradition!
This cycle we decided to dine at Park Restaurant & Bar in Harvard Square. I had been reading about the restaurant for a few weeks. Park is owned by the same restaurant group that runs fellow Harvard Square spots Russell House Tavern and Grafton Street. That alone would have been enough to get me in the door, but it didn't hurt that the chef is formerly of Woodward (at the Ames Hotel) and Mistral.
Park is located underneath Wagamama in the space formerly occupied by Redline.
One of the girls started with the feta and watermelon salad. The presentation was absolutely gorgeous. I snuck a bite and the salad was so refreshing!
I started with the tasting of toasts. It comes with three varieties - pickled shrimp and smoked tomato jam, roasted mushrooms and tellegio cheese, and confit tomato, mozzarella cheese and arugula pistou. Since I don't eat shrimp, I handed those two toasts off to the other girls. They reported back that the toasts were delicious and had a nice, smokey flavor.
Overall, our experience at Park was a bit of a miss. Our waitress was over eager for the first twenty minutes and then once we were ready for the check, she was nowhere to be found. We waited over thirty minutes for her to reappear. Though a few dishes were stands outs, there were more flops than home runs.
Have you been to Park? What did you think?