I was invited out to Olives for RW dinner last night. I had never been to Olives and the menu sounded good, so we gave it a try. I was a little nervous that the place would be sub-par now that Todd English is a celebrity type and has places all over the country, but we were all very satisfied with our meals.
There were three choices for each course. Apps consisted of sweetbreads, caesar salad, and scallops. The salad and scallops were ordered as none of us are organ eaters. The salad was pretty standard and the croutons seemed a bit stale, but the crispy chicken thigh braised in 40 cloves of garlic was delicious. I tried a bite of the scallops which were grilled and served with a brandade, tomato and citrus vinaigrette. Pretty tasty.
For dinner I had the grilled skirt steak which was cooked perfectly medium rare and came with polenta, shrimp and endive. There were only two medium sized shrimp, but they were bursting with flavor. The chicken dish and the ravioli were also ordered and got good reviews.
For dessert we ordered the falling chocolate cake and peach crisp. The cake was very good, but the sweet corn ice cream that came with the peach crisp was delicious. I kept stealing bites from my girlfriend. There was that disntinct sweet corn flavor in every bite. I'd order a dish of that on it's own.
I really enjoyed dinner and the place was packed. There seemed to be a lot of those "we are ultra wealthy and we are going to act like it" folks in the dining area. Sort of surprising since it was a discount night and the normal menu looks reasonable anyway. Maybe it's the celeb chef thing...must sound good to people.