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Olives for a birthday - report (long)

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Olives for a birthday - report (long)

Nancy | Dec 26, 2002 12:23 PM

As mentioned in an earlier post, I took my boyfriend to Olives for dinner last Friday – and it was wonderful. I had alerted the restaurant in advance that it was his birthday, and they took very good care of us. The meal, the service and the atmosphere were all excellent.

Started with a bottle of Edna Valley Chardonnay – reasonably priced at $36 (for a restaurant!) and easily drinkable. Appetizers were the beef carpaccio, which I’ve had there before and really like, and the crab dumplings (I think that’s what they were called) that didn’t really look like dumplings. Both excellent.

The chef then sent us, without asking or charge, small portions of 2 of their pastas – one was a butternut squash tagliatelle (sp?) and the second dish was goat cheese dumplings. The pastas were incredibly fresh and the flavors were wonderful. Much better in comparison to a meal I had a Filomena recently for a friend’s birthday (but that’s another story – let’s just say I wouldn’t go back there anytime soon).

Our entree choices: I had the paella – excellent but I was quite full at that point and couldn’t make much of a dent in the portion, which was huge. I’m still eating it . . . the birthday boy had the tenderloin – he loved it but was also full and we both ended up taking home doggie bags, in designer shopping bags, no less. A nice touch.

Finally, dessert – compliments of the chef. BF was served a molten chocolate cake, with “Happy Birthday” and his name written in chocolate on the plate – we were wishing for a camera at that point. I was served the vanilla soufflé with vanilla crème anglaise and vanilla ice cream. Divine but I couldn’t finish that either!

And, of course, there’s the bread and the tapenade that is served when you’re seated. I just love that stuff.

It was a perfect way to celebrate a birthday and I can only say good things about the evening and the meal . . .

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