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Olivia in Berkeley...OliviYUM

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Olivia in Berkeley...OliviYUM

DottieMay | Aug 13, 2005 05:05 PM

The mister and I dropped in on a Friday night at 7:45. Was pretty full, but we were seated right away.

Well, we loved it. Why?

First, the service was extra-nice.

Second, we liked that all the appetizers were $7 and all the entrees were $19. Just made deciding easier.

Third. Wine by the glass for $5-$8. Nothing higher. Wow!

Fourth, the dining room is darn charming and cute, but grown-up and sophisticated too.

Fifth, THE FOOD WAS YUMMY. Now, the mister thought that everything was a tad small-ish. But I think we're too fat and I LIKE small-ish.

We shared the smoked trout/cornmeal pancake/meyer lemon cream/arugula appetizer. Came out fast and hot, and was perfectly prepared. The lemon cream had little bite to it, and I practically licked the plate.

I had the lasagna al forno - four cheese lasagna with a green salad. How does lasagna taste like summer? I dunno, but they managed. It was a very simple pasta/cheese layered thing sitting in the freshest tomatoest sauce ever. And the green salad was simple too, just dressed in balsamic and evo and served in a big clear bowl.

The mister had wild salmon with summer succotash. Cooked medium rare, crispy on the outside, in a bearnaisey type sauce but light. The corn in the succotash was that moment in summer corn...sweet, white, yummy.

Dessert was cheese/fruit/nuts. Nothing too special, but four types of cheese is very generous for $7 these days!

We had cote du rhone by the glass.

All in all...a great addition to the Berkeley scene.

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