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any thoughts on OLA?

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any thoughts on OLA?

MJC | Jul 16, 2004 06:53 AM

I went there for the first time this week, tho having tasted Rodriguez's previous creations and while never being thoroughly impressed, at least Pipa is in a great room and the flatbreads were always pretty good. My expectations were not high to begin with, but were not even remotely met.

Red sangria: never liked the taste of cinammon in sangria, but this one even had strong hints of lavender. Maybe it's just me, but lavender is completely unnecessary in sangria. Otherwise very bland, unfruity, and probably could make better at home.

Foie gras with figs and serrano ham: very interesting with the addition of salty ham. But then again, I don't think I've ever met foie gras I didn't like. Supposed the best dish on the menu, in our waiter's opinion.

Rainbow ceviche, with tuna, salmon, and fluke: this was from the best ceviche place in town? Quite possibly the most boring ceviche I've ever had. The ceviche was only thin slices of sashimi sprinkled with soy sauce and sesame seeds. No citrus flavor that I could detect. The fish was fresh, but the salmon was not cut in smaller pieces and made eating difficult.

Chorizo flatbread: tasted exactly like the Tombstones I have in my freezer, with a thinner crust. I reminisced about the cafeteria french bread pizza I used to love.

Cheeses: having not enjoyed the dinner, ordered cheeses instead. Nothing special. Quince paste is always good tho.

Two questions:
1. Has Rodriguez left the kitchen or has his food and most famous ceviche gone seriously down hill?
2. Does the decor remind anyone else of a cross between a bad diner and a dilapidated theatre? The dining room is one of the worst I've seen in a top restaurant in NY.

I'd appreciate all of your thoughts. Thanks!

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