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oliveto oceanic dinner

sundeck sue | Jun 10, 2010 05:21 PM

Oliveto's Oceanic Dinner going on this week (Wed-Sat). We went last night. Always great fun. I started w/ a sea urchin flan, which I'd recalled from prior dinners as brilliant. This was more of a B+--very good, but less intense than I remembered--more creamy, less fishy? My rare yellowtail wasn't rare enough for me (I'm a seriously rare fish eater, so maybe this is about me and not the chef), but the sauce was very nice, and the oysters surround it were fabulous--the fried potatoes quickly got soggy--never quite sure of the point of those topping a saucy dish. The desserts didn't speak to me, but I ate the milk ice off my husband's dry chocolate tart--the ice was lovely, refreshing, not too sweet. Speaking of my husband, he had the crudo platter, which he loved, thought was beautifully prepared--but agrees it's very little food for a big price tag (a chronic Oliveto complaint). Tasted someone else's cuttlefish appetizer, which was sweet and lively and perfectly done. My husband had the seafood cannelloni--he loved it--I thought the sauce was a little Newburg-y. He liked his sole a lot (I thought it was....overcooked!). We had a wonderful time, mixed review notwithstanding! And we're going back again, so a chance to sample more of the very interesting-sounding menu. Eager to hear from others re what's great this year!

Oliveto Cafe
5655 College Ave., Oakland, CA 94618

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