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RW at Olives--long

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RW at Olives--long

chucktownlady | Mar 10, 2006 10:11 AM

Very disappointing! This is my second restaurant week attempt--ate at Upstairs on the Square last summer--and that was also a let-down. I feel like the restaurants look at this like a chore and just want to get back to serving their regular menu.

Our service last night was very rushed; we could tell they were trying to turn the table quickly, even though there didn't seem to be anyone waiting when we left. Portions were small-ish. I don't need an overflowing Cheesecake-Factory plate, but still, give me a decent portion.

Appetizer options were bitter greens with some sort of duck/egg roll-looking thing or artichoke soup with prosciutto and 'garlic crema'. Most of our table, including me, had the greens. I enjoyed the salad because I normally don't order duck, so it was different for me. Very tasty. My fiance had the soup, which he said was different, but bland. And we couldn't figure out where the 'crema' was.

Entrees: Mahi-mahi over some kind of bitter green (must have been a sale on those greens somewhere) topped with a fried oyster. Fiance thought the fish was very good, but that the greens didn't pair well. And the oyster was cold.

Two of us had the spinach gnocchi. I would give them 4 out of 5--pillowy and melting, but not too much flavor. And our other diner had the flat-iron steak, which was presented in the corner of a large, square white plate making the serving look miniscule.

The ubiquitous molten chocolate cake w/ vanilla ice cream or sorbet w/ almond biscotti could be ordered for dessert. I had the sorbets--mango and strawberry--very good and refreshing. The biscotti were also yummy, but teeny-tiny. I'm a big dipper, and would have like larger biscotti to coat w/ sorbet. The chocolate cakes looked like brownies; overdone.

We had the wine flight w/ dinner. Small pours--which I expected--but the interesting thing was that we were all brought the same wine each time. I thought they would have paired it a little differently based on our individual orders. Pinot Noir was served with our entrees, which made sense for the gnocchi and the steak, but not the basic white fish Mahi-mahi. It looked like other tables (couldn't tell if they were on the RW menu or not) got the flight, but had more variety.

Food was okay to good, but we felt so rushed. I thought RW was a time for restaurants to showcase their menus for infrequent diners. Especially since it's not really a bargain once you add the wine flight or even a glass of wine.

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