Stick to Small Plates at Harvard Square Restaurant and Music Venue

It’s well-documented that The Independent in Union Square is one of my favorite bar/restaurants in Somerville. So when I heard that one of my favorite bartenders there was also working at The Sinclair, I knew I had to venture to Cambridge to try it out.

The Sinclair is a surprisingly large restaurant and music venue tucked away at 52 Church Street in Harvard Square. We had a reservation for 7 p.m. on a recent Friday night and while there were some empty tables when we arrived, the place quickly filled to capacity. We were seated upstairs and had a killer view of the open kitchen. There’s also an outdoor patio that would be the perfect place to have a meal on a lovely summer evening.

Sinclair Menu

We started with some delicious cocktails selected from The Sinclair’s extensive and eclectic menu. The Big Sky (Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey, Punt e Mes, Luxardo syrup, Angostura’s and Reagan’s Orange Bitters and a Laphroaig Scotch float) and the Last Word (Broker’s Gin, green Chartreuse, Luxardo original and lime juice) were particular favorites.

The Sinclair’s menu is broken down into small plates, entrées and snacks, which makes it conducive to sharing. We started with the perfectly seared scallops on a bed of quinoa, red pepper coulis and bacon gremolata as well as the local roasted beets with honey, thyme and goat cheese (pictured below). Both were fresh and full of flavor.

Sinclair Beets

We moved on to entrées, but they were hit or miss, so I think next time I’d make a meal of the small plates. The steak au poivre was beloved by those who ordered it, while the two fish dishes, the vindaloo monkfish and a special of a simple whitefish served with wilted spinach, left something to be desired.

We opted out of dessert after filling up on savory items, but the pecan pie, carrot cake and cookie plate all caught my eye. Next time, I’ll be sure to save room.

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