on December 26, 2008
We had dinner at Olives, one of Todd English' restaurants.We had reservations, so we could sit out on the patio and watch the fountains. Now remember, this is December and it's COLD outside, but the patio has heaters and after a couple cocktails, you can't even feel it.We had mostly appetizers, but one of us had an entree.We were served a bowl of different kinds of bread, with a tray of olive tepenade and some olives as well. The focaccia was really good.We started off with the raw oysters which I can't eat anymore cuz I got sick on them 10 years ago...and once you get sick on something like that, your body rejects it and you can never eat it again. (believe me, I've tried)We also had the beef carpaccio which was wonderful. it was a huge mound of carpaccio on top of a piece of polenta and surrounded by cipollini onions and a roquefort crema. It was light, and tasty and the shaved parmesan was wonderful.Our 3rd appetizer was the tuna tartar and WOW is all I have to say. The ginger glazed rock shrimp that was part of the dish was great.On to the french onion soup which was a dissapointment to me. It was just onion broth with a crouton. if there was cheese on it...it wasn't much and I think that's a vital part of french onion soup.On the piece de resistance....the sea scallops. YUM!Huge sea scallops, seared and surrounded by a garlic cauliflower puree, golden raisin jam and served with a wonderful shaved fennel and arugula salad.The dish was worth waiting for. It was wonderful...the cauliflower puree was just sweet enough and the scallops were tender and yummy. We didn't have room for any dessert, but we thought about it.This was a nice dinner and it was hard for me to decide what to get...always a good sign.if you get a chance to eat here, make reservations ahead of time if you want to sit outside...especially in the summer.
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