Recent Dining Experience in Harvard Square?
I'm looking for a healthy dinner tonight in Harvard Sq (before I go see The Goonies on the big screen at the Brattle-hooray!). Maybe a grilled chicken/shrimp salad or a couple of light apps (read: starch-free, but I PROMISE I'm not one of "those" people.)
Last week I hit up fka Pho Pasteur for the shredded cabbage salad w/ poached chicken & shrimp. Looking for something a little livlier tonight. Was thinking Cambridge 1 for a salad, but wondering what kind of summer goodness might be on the menu at the unmentionable restaurant or Upstairs on the Square or Casablanca (haven't been there in ages).
I'm walking from Porter, would like to keep it under $20-$25, dining solo. Have you had any good summer salads or could soups in the Square recently?
I ended up at Casablanca. A glass of Sancerre, the "Seared Tuna* herbed stuffed eggs, green beans, black olives 13" and a side of the grilled escarole.
The tuna dish was nice, not a heck of a lot of flavor for the fish, but the watercress and beans it was served with were well seasoned. Would have preferred the beans with a bit more crunch, though. Those herb stuffed eggs? Let's just say I'm glad there are only two halves. Wow, those were tasty. A plateful of those in front of me would be just asking for abuse.
Loved the escarole, though I needed to salt it a bit more. It was also pretty well lubed with olive oil for 'grilled' but great just the same. I like a place that does a nice job with sides and this dish was great. A BIG serving, too, good for sharing and $5 IIRC.
$28 with tax all told. Great service from the bartender, who is a delight.
Try the chicken larb at Spice Thai on Holyoke Street -- you can ask for brown rice instead of white, but to tell the truth you get so much larb that I often don't end up touching the rice anyway!
Penang is also good for a quick bite, although I normally hit them for lunch (the lunch portion of their rendang is just right).
If you are starting out at Porter, maybe you could try the Japanese food court at the Porter Exchange. They have a lot of great little stalls where you could get a healthy sushi or stir fry meal.
Another option in Harvard Sq. is the Veggie Planet restaurant at Passim (on Palmer St., almost directly across from the Border Cafe). Good veggie food, and certainly light and healthy if you order a salad or something.