It was more like "swill it out there." Overpriced and just not that good.
Backstory: I had 2 $30 coupons for Restaurant Week. My date got called away on family medical emergency. I arrived for our 5:00 reservation at 4:45. Door locked and person watering plants just smiled at me, walked away, left the door locked. Door finally unlocked at 5:15 (sign on door says open at 5); I was outside in the cold all that time. I told them that my friend wasn't coming, that I'd give up the table and sit at the bar instead, leaving the table for someone else. Not even a "thank you."
One would expect that Restaurant Week was about "showing your stuff" to encourage people to come back. Omar's failed miserably on this count. The food is barely tolerable, with some of it inedible.
My dine-in menu choice:
1st course: Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad (quite nice, but for the wilted parts and insect marks. The presentation was interesting - a 1/2 head with shaved parm and toast points on top. The dressing was good and just-right amount.
Entree: Flat Iron Steak with horseradish twice-baked potatoes and brussels sprouts. The best part was the brussels sprouts, tender but not overcooked. I ordered my steak "medium" and got most of it rare. It was smothered in some brown sauce that tasted like A-1... scraped that off. The twice-baked were more like twice-burned. Only parts of mine actually had burn marks, but the entire mess was dry, bitter and burned tasting.
Dessert: Chocolate Mousse. Pretty good, but served with a round soup spoon.
My take out menu choice (what would've been my date's meal) - jury's still out on this, I've not eaten it yet:
1st course: Seafood shell - shrimp, crab & scallops "mixed in a savory sage and bread stuff." Presentaiton is kind of nice - served on an actual seashell.
Entree: Brie & pear stuffed airline chicken breast. You know the "keel" from KFC? That's the size of that breast. Also smothered in some gooey sauce - scraped that off too.
Dessert: the Chocolate mousse again.
I keep hearing about how good this restaurant is. NOT! $30 is way more than these meals are worth, even if they were prepared properly. Portions are small and chef doesn't seem to mind serving the mistakes.
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