After seeing numerous postings on this board, and at the urging of a few friends, my wife and I decided to try Oleana last weekend. We called at the spur of the moment on Saturday afternoon and were told there had been a 7:15 cancellation. Perfect.
The room is neat, but by no means upscale. We were seated in the area by the bar, which worked out well, as the night was abnormally warm and that area had good A/C. The main room felt like it was 80 degrees.
I craved a martini but learned that they only serve beer and wine. The White Port cocktail was an excellent substitute. The wine list is indeed quite expensive as has been mentioned before. We had a split of Franzus Zinfandel, which at $25 is no deal. The service started out badly, as our waiter was doubling as bartender. It improved mid-meal when an excellent waitress covered our table.
We started with two apps; the Grilled Octopus and the Tamarind Glazed beef. The former was generous, good but not great, while the rib was tender and delicious. The tiny portion left us wanting more.
For entrées we had the Grilled Lamb Steak and the Pork Confit. The lamb was superb while the moussaka side was merely interesting. The Pork dish just didnt come together. The confit was basically a pork burger and the salt cured onion side was good, but did not mesh with the meat. The stuffing was tasty; far more so than the confit.
Desserts were Salted Almond Ice-cream with Chocolate soufflé cake, and the Warm Brown butter Bread Pudding. As I am not a chocolate fan, I cannot comment on the former, but my wife liked it. The bread pudding was fantastic. The high point of the meal.
The bill came to $122 before tip. More than I would say the restaurant warrants by 15 to 20 %. The entrees were fairly priced, but the apps and especially desserts are on the high side. Considering that we only had a split of wine and a whole bottle would bring the bill to $150 or so, I would not rush to go back there. Good, but not great and not at that price. It strikes me that the sum of the parts is less than the whole.
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