I had a very good dinner at Olana last night. First off let me say whatever service problems they had in the past have all been resolved. The service we had could not have been better. The waiter was very nice and took our wine order, offering to bring the bottle for a taste first since my friend was unsure about which wine to select.
The bread were warm tiny little rolls with a choice of olive, onion, sourdough and raisin. I had the olive which was excellent. I think it had rosemary in it too and the sourdough was good as well. Two kinds of butter, plain and another with an herb of some kind that I did not try. We had 1 app, 3 half orders of pasta, 1 entrée and 1 dessert. The amuse bouche was totally unmemorable and I can’t remember what it was. We had the striped bass tartar with grapefruit gel on top, very good and mint with lamb sausage tacconi first (my favorite dish), then came the veal cappellacci (very hearty and too salty for me) and burnt orange and duck ravioli (2nd favorite dish) and then the roasted rabbit which was very good with white beans and a vegetable underneath (great combo of ingredients). Dessert was the chocolate crepes with soft melted chocolate wrapped inside and ice cream on the side (delicious and totally decedent). They also served a small complimentary chocolate fondue with two pieces of homemade marshmallow, some small cookies and chocolate macaroons. It was a very good dinner.
I can be a waiter and busboy’s nightmare because of the way I like to order, loving variety; I always order lots of apps and maybe an entrée or two depending on how many of us there are. We always share everything and it is not always easy to figure out what to bring when, but this waiter was great and so were the busboys. He made some suggestions based on my preferences and questions and suggested what two items to bring out for each course. It was perfect. During each of our 2 courses of apps, sharing plates were brought and the entrée was pre-split in the kitchen and was presented nicely to us. We had a wonderful 2 ½ dinner. We were not rushed at all and bread was offered to us in between all 3 of our courses. Check was not brought to us when dessert was cleared as they could see that we were still chatting. I asked for it about 20 minutes later and it was brought immediately. All in all, I will definitely be back and recommend this restaurant.
In terms of the décor, the lighting was fine. I did not notice anything weird which another poster mentioned. My friend commented that it was a club like atmosphere with the banquettes and big red shares at all the tables. I was fine with it. When compared to Ilili the last place we had dinner, he liked the atmosphere better there. I have no preference since they were both nice and I always want to go to a new place. It was not busy and the maitre d did a very good job at spacing the occupied tables so that there were no two adjacent occupied tables. It is a good place to have a relaxing and quiet dinner.
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