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OLA report

wurstle | Apr 24, 2003 08:43 AM

went to OLA last night with a couple of friends. The room looks much better than it did as The Alamo ; ) and almost every table was full at prime time. Food reminded me a little of Chicama. Didn't miss not having bread at the beginning of the meal.

Complimentary olives were tasty, tapas and ceviche while small were good to great(a little pricy though at about $11 each); sangria, however was uninspired and missable. In general, Rodriguez does a nice job on his sauces and spices. Our 2 favorite dishes were the grilled carmelized octopus tapas and the Cuban pork entree. Definitely get both if you go (although I can't compare the tapas to the Octopus man since I haven't made it out there yet). The Cuban pork is among the better pork I've had - skin dark and crackly and the meat tender, moist and tasty with a delightful mint sauce. Most entrees are in the $20 range; although the serving of pork was large and can be shared (except for those of you with large appetites). We later split the dulce de leche fondue. The little brownies, churros, fruit, etc. were scrumptious - didn't need the dulce de leche sauce and they didn't provide any special fondue utensils which was unusual - just normal forks. Finally, the Puerto Rican coffee was quite good. One small press pot had enough coffee for 2 of us (don't get pressured as we did into 2 pots - one large & one small for 3 people). All in all a good meal and if you liked Chicama and Pipa, you'll probably like OLA.

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