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Jaime Oliver's Revolution Menu at Patra's Glassell Park


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Jaime Oliver's Revolution Menu at Patra's Glassell Park

Layne Murphy | Feb 20, 2011 06:30 AM

Jaime Oliver cooked for a night at Patra's in Cypress Park and added a limited Revolution Menu of more healthful fare that we wanted to try. The new menu is on the wall but even with my glasses, a bit difficult to read. There are three Angus beef burgers, one vegetarian burger called "The Happy Cow" although the beef burgers are not called "The Sad Cow," a salad and two burritos-one vegetarian and one with brisket. My omnivorous son asked sheepishly if he HAD to order from the Revolution menu and ended up with a double cheeseburger from the regular. The vegetarian boy ordered the Happy Cow and I selected the vegetarian burrito. The staff doesn't seem to get the new menu because while I specified three times NO SPROUTS both the Happy Cow and burrito arrived laden with them and the regular burger was consumed long before we got the rest of our corrected order. The Revolution menu also has three fruit ice drinks. The banana one was o.k. but the kids found the berry one too watery and tart. Both of the vegetarian entries are based on beans. The Happy Cow burger was sort of dry and tasted a bit like falafel. The vegetarian burrito was pretty much a work-a-day bean burrito except small, cheeseless, and in a wheat tortilla. Not bad but given that the Revolution items are priced at almost twice as much as the regular items I'm not sure if they'll fly with the regular customers. Both the Happy Cow and burrito came with a salad and we were offered commercial dressing which I imagine would thwart Oliver's vision more than a little. The accompanying salad was very wet lettuce and shriveled grated carrots though so the high calorie dressing wasn't an issue. We don't have many outlets for meatless food on the quick in our area so I imagine we'll try it again but it wasn't love at first bite.

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