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Very good lunch at Olana

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eeee Jul 1, 2008 05:45 PM

Just enjoyed a lunch at Olana - it was convenient to a meeting I had to get to, and I was happy I chose it. The interior is very dramatic with high arched ceilings and good spacing between tables (though the AC seemed inadequate to the task of cooling such a vast space) and an intriguing round bar at the front.

Bread was delicious - olive - but absolutely tiny. the roll was about the size of a grade A egg. well, I suppose I wasn't there to fill up on bread.

The wine by the glass was more gently priced than I had expected. enjoyed a nice glass of Riesling for 8 dollars.

Both of us ordered from the prix fixe menu - three courses for $29 dollars. I was torn between the green salad with goat cheese and the mint tacconi (kind of thin pasta?) with lamb sausage ragu and finally opted for the latter, which was very tasty (though I still wish I'd gone for the salad.) My dining companion (aka Mom) loved her cold tomato consomme. For mains Mom had a lovely and generously proportioned peppery chicken paillard smothered in tasty greens, and I had three enormous, meaty sea scallops that were grilled to perfection. This entree alone was worth the $29. Dessert was carrot cake (the better choice) and my rhubarb strudel, which came in a little wrapping of phyllo dough.

With tax, tip and two glasses of wine, lunch was $100.