A couple that my wife and I are friends with wanted to have dinner in the City last night instead of cooking at home. Despite my protests for Japanese/Sushi, they wanted American comfort food. Ultimately Oola was chosen since it was easy to reach for us Bridge and Tunnel folk.
My first impression was that it fit the bill for your standard SOMA restaurant(nice bar, stylish decor. overly large door:)). Nothing over the course of the evening detoured me from that initial impression. The food was good, but not great and the same could be said about the service. We started with a couple of salads(Ceasar and Bibb lettuce salad) and homemade Sausage appetizer. The salads were both pretty standard, but the Sausage appetizer was the big winner. It was juicy and spicy and served in a minature cast iron skillet with the olive oil still sizzling. The texture of the sausage was perfect. The portion was generous.
Despite my protests, my three dinning compainions all ordered hamburgers with parmasian and truffled fries. Being the contrarian, I asked for a full order of the ribs. The burgers were ordered rare and medium rare, but all came out well done. Our two friends sent there burgers back, but my wife stuck with her charred piece of meat. The fries were light and crisp but I couldn't really taste the truffle oil. The burgers that retured to the table looked good, but my friends said that they were better in the past. My wife's burger being too well done, could have easily been a burger from Chili's. Also, the patties looked a little too much like Cosco burgers(in terms of shape not meat quality). I wonder if their meat provider shiped them frozen and preformed.
The ribs were a better bet. The meat had a crust on the outside and the meat inside was succulent. The sauce had salty/sweet thing going on that I thought balanced out pretty well. The smaller of the 7 ribs that I got were pretty dry however.
I finished up the meal with a Root Beer Schnapps Float- but I couldn't taste the Schnapps which was disappointing. It tasted like a regular Root Beer float to me. However, they did comp the Root Beer float for the Burger mix up earlier- which was nice.
Overall, the meal came to $136.00 for 3 drinks, 3 burgers, 1 ribs, 2 salads, and 1 sausage appetizer. Like other restuarants in SOMA(Tres Agaves, Azie, South Park Cafe), I thought that the food was decent but not great. If I had a couple of drinks in me and it was 12:00am, I think that this would be a great place to stop by for a late bite, but for the price and quality of the food there are much better restaurants out there.
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