Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Nadine Levy Redzepi of Downtime: Deliciousness at Home | Ask Your Questions Now ›

Restaurants & Bars

Boston Area

Ole --What happened?


Restaurants & Bars 15

Ole --What happened?

saridt | Feb 24, 2007 06:41 AM

My husband & went to Ole a few times --probably about 3-4 years ago or so -- & really enjoyed it. We remembered there being interesting specials, great food & cocktails...our friends warned us that it changed, but my husband really wanted to go back. We learned to trust our friends.

Although the restaurant wasn't packed, we waited ten minutes before our water glasses were filled and then another 5 before our waitress our existence although she came back & forth to the table next to us a few times (A, "I'll be with you in a minute" is all I would ask for here).

First we ordered the "famous" guacamole which the menu indicates is prepared tableside. The waitress told us our guacamole was being made & pointed to the back of the restaurant saying there wasn't enough room to wheel the cart into the dining room anymore. The guacamole was nothing special --heavy on citrus & cilantro. The chips were boring & hard. The salsa was oddly smoky & sweet.

For main courses I ordered the Pescado a la Veracruzana which was listed on the menu as being red snapper. The waitress said that the fish served is no longer snapper but tilapia. I remembered from my experience several years ago that this was a delicate dish with snapper fillets over a bed of cilantro rice in a light tomato broth with olives, capers, etc. What I got were two thick & over-cooked white fish fillets which I question whether they were actually tilapia, absolutely covered in a gloppy, over-spiced mess of olives, tomatoes, onions, capers, etc. On the side was a small pyramid of lukewarm cilantro rice. DH got the Costillas de Puerco ("bbq" ribs) with mashed red potatoes. He only ate two of the four ribs which has probably never happened in his lifetime. The mashed potatoes were gluey in consistency (I tried a bite) and he said the ribs were more fat than meat. We also shared a pitcher of sangria which contained no fruit and tasted like sugary fruit punch.

Needless to say, we will not be returning.

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound