My friend and I went to Oleana the other night, and it was the first time for both of us. Everything looked so good that we asked for the bartender's recommendation. He suggested we share the four course vegetarian tasting menu ($40) and order a couple of extra courses. I'm not vegetarian, and it's only been recently that restaurants like Oleana have helped me appreciate the "genre". It's dishes like these that make me think (albeit briefly) that I actually could become vegetarian.
We started with a basket of fresh bread served with whipped feta with sweet and hot peppers. The peppers were actually whipped into the feta, so you got the combination of all three flavors in every bite.
|Asparagus, Toasted Corn Fondue & Black Garlic Honey|
The spinach falafel was my favorite dish, these were served on top of two open faced pieces of lavash with yogurt sauce, pickles, and beets. We rolled ours up and ate them like mini sandwiches.
The next dish was another favorite and one of the most creative - chickpea terrine with apricot, pistachio and tahini sauce. It was similar to a hummus, but much lighter and creamier.
|Spinach falafel with tahini, yogurt, beets, and crinkled cress|
|Chickpea Terrine— Apricot, Pistachio & Tahini Sauce|
|Spring Pea Salad with pickled sunchoke and almond crumbs|
|Turkish cheese pancake with Za'atar|
The next dish felt like one of the most creative - maybe because I hadn't heard of fideos before this - but they were crispy fried noodles with a little bit of a kick.
|Spicy Fideos, Chick Peas, Swiss Chard & Orange Aioli|
|Rhubarb fennel sharbat, white chocolate tart, roasted strawberries|