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Olivia- in th space of A la Carte- Berkeley

Diane | Jun 4, 200501:59 PM

Four of us went to the lovely small "French" restaurant on Dwight near Sacramento. The interior has been updated and spruced up with new paint, decor etc. It looked lovely. We were seated immediately for our 7:15 reservation. The greeting was friendly and effcient. We were given menus and almost immediately there was a waitperson standing smiling and ready to take our order. We had barely had time to glance down at the menu. Later two of us split a butter lettuce salad and two split a cornmeal pancake, trout appetizer. They came to the table all split on four separate plates- nice touch. Two of ordered the halibut with asparagus and lentils- (pricing on entrees- $19- but his had a $5 exra charge) and one person ordered the quail and one ordered the goat cheese stuffed anaheim pepper entree. The halibut was very good but suffered by not being hot enough in temperature. Both the quail and peppers were satisfying. Two ordered nectarine crisp with vanilla ice cream and other dessert orders included chocolate cake with carmel ice cream and a cheese plate. The nectarine crisp was very good- not too sweet-the ice cream was delcious creamy- not icey and flavorful-forgot to ask if homemade.(I am picky- former pastry person) The cake and ice cream were described as good also. The cheese plate was - well not dessert! Ha. The principle complaint I have of this lovely "bistro" is the service. It was friendly, but unprofessional. A pet peeve of mine is clearing the plates before all at the table are finished eating. They twice tried to clear one plate while the fork was still in my friend's hand! They also did not know the ingredients well- could not identify the cheeses nor describe the wine. This is something that can be remedied and I would definitely go back. They were trying hard to please and were very courteous- something that is not apparent at other places. Generally a welcome addition to the "neighborhood".

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