On Friday night we met fellow hounds "NJ Foodies" aka Mark and Pam and had a delicious meal and a couple of great wines.
Appetizers were Ceasar Salad, Romaine Lettuce, Artisan Croutons, Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Creamy Parmesan which was split into two and got a thumbs up for a starter.
We sampled two soups, one was roasted potato with cheddar and bacon, the other a carrot ginger. Both were hearty and satisfying, plus the carrot ginger had a good kick from the spice.
Entrees were also winners, Risotto with Country Bacon, Sweet Pea , Shaved Parmesan. Normally an appetizer it was made as an entree. another entree was
Roasted New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Goat cheese smashed potato, French green beans, Port wine reduction. Both received the seal of approval from M+P.
Denise and I both had the Crispy Skin Chicken with Artichoke & Blue Cheese Risotto, Sweet Baby Carrots, Thyme Jus. The chicken was prepared perfectly, risotto tender and the rich jus hit the mark on this cold night.
Too full for dessert, Mark twisted everyones arm :)) and we sampled an enormous blueberry cobbler with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream. Wonderful flavor I highly recommend trying it if its available.
Wines for the evening were an awesome 1997 Kistler Pinot (thanks M+P) and a 2000 Quilceda Creek Cab which was also very tasty.
Excellent service from the entire staff. We were last at Oliver about 1 year ago. Based on our dinner Friday we won't wait that long to get back.
There is a wide choice of apps and entrees available to suit everyones budget.
Here is the website for more information.