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Oleana - review

jacinthe | Dec 22, 2004 08:10 PM

It was awhile ago (okay, perhaps over two weeks) since my friend and I ate here, but with the rush of things to do before leaving for winter break, I never got around to a proper write-up.

I've been dying to go to Oleana for the longest time, but somehow just never made it there. Seems to happen to me a lot. So many places to eat, so little time. But no more excuses. Reservations were made for 8PM on a Friday night, and we headed on over.

It's a warm room. Crowded, but not in an unbearable sense. Perhaps it's the lovely decor (and comfortable chairs!) and the warm fireplace that made it seem cosy, rather than just teeming with people. We were seated promptly and given menus.

We ordered the hummus to start, because we were starving and told that the items off the "pret a manger" part of the menu were just that - ready to eat. Good hummus is always so good. I was in love. As an entree, my friend ordered the free range veal and quince tagine. It was served with fried okra - done perfectly, so that they weren't all gummy inside (which I hate) and couscous. The veal itself was good, but I don't really remember because I was busy tucking into my own food. There was a pork chop special that night that was tempting, but I instead ordered an appetizer-sized portion of the ricotta and bread dumplings and the "sultan's delight" - tamarind-glazed beef and eggplant puree with pinenuts. The dumplings were astounding, and I wished that I had ordered the entree-sized portion instead. The sultan's delight was good, but not quite on the same level, and I found the meat just a little bit too salty for my tastes. Flavour was great, though.

For dessert, we barely glanced at the menu, having decided on the car drive over that we were going to split the baked alaska since we'd heard such marvelous things about it. And indeed, it was good - a tropical departure from the original dessert, with coconut and passion fruit. While I did enjoy it, I found it a touch too sweet for me. Definitely something to be shared - we could barely finish it.

Service was a bit slow in parts, but we were in a relaxed mood, in no hurry to get anywhere.

On a side note - we've had the bad misfortune recently to be seated next to couples who are into overt PDAs. Not Over Dinner, please. I'm trying to enjoy my food. But that's a post for the general topics board, I suppose.

Tab for two, for 3 appetizers (as two of them made one entree for me), 1 entree, 2 glasses of wine and 1 dessert came to around $40/person?

It was an enjoyable experience, and I'd gladly return again.

Link: http://www.oleanarestaurant.com

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