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- OlivarMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2First to ReviewDec 22, 2013
I love tapas: each dish is small, so you get to sample a whole variety of dishes instead of being stuck with a big plate of one thing. When I want a tapas fix, Olivar is where I go. It is tucked in the corner of Loveless building opposite to Harvard Exit Theater. If you don't look for it, you will miss it. It is a cozy little place that makes you feel very comfortable.
The last time I went was for my birthday, and the 6 of us got to try a good number of dishes - a balanced mix of meat, seafood, and starch. I love the fact that there are almost as many special dishes (on the blackboard) as those on the menu. Most of the dishes are great, but there are some that are just OK. Here is what I would recommend:
- Hanger stake. Amazing. Medium rare is how they prepare the stake, and as a meat eater, I have to say, it is one of the best stakes I have tried. It also comes with fried cheese empanadas, yum! This is one of the big dishes and the portion is generous enough to make a meal.
- Gambas a la plancha (Prawns cooked on flat grill). 3 jumbo shrimps with pure taste of salty freshness. I also especially like the pickled radish. So spicy and refreshing.
- Black bass with farro and mushroom. It is on the special and has super flavorful sauce.
- Sea scallop with oregano brown butter and pine nuts. I am normally not a big fan of scallops because of the slightly metal taste they have. However, these ones are sweet and simply delicious.
- Chocolate & Almonds Pithiviers with Orange Curd. This is kind of like a chocolate lava wrapped in puff pastry. The orange flavor is very typical of southern Spain. Definitely a good finish to a meal.
Not so impressed:
- Paella. I always order Paella if it is on the menu. I was so excited when I saw the dish came out because it looked so beautiful: shrimps, mussels, clams on a bed of reddish color rice and bright green peas. It was totally anti-climatic when I taste it. It was blend and watery. We were so disappointed that we didn't even finish the dish.
- Halibut with sweet peas. Halibut is quite a flaky and light kind of fish, but the one we had was a little on the dry and chewy side.
Overall, it is a great restaurant. Since the special changes so frequently, I will definitely go back again and again.