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 Ive had there before and really like, and the crab dumplings (I think thats what they were called) that didnt 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 friends birthday (but thats another story lets just say I wouldnt go back there anytime soon).
Our entree choices: I had the paella excellent but I was quite full at that point and couldnt make much of a dent in the portion, which was huge. Im 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 couldnt finish that either!
And, of course, theres the bread and the tapenade that is served when youre 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 . . .