Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Worth the Splurge: Oleana

Some meals are worth emptying your bank account for. Meals, for instance, that are made with quality, fresh ingredients with beautiful presentations served by knowledgeable waiters in a comfortable, lively environment. Meals, for example, that are served at Oleana Restaurant in Cambridge.

Z and I have been dying to try Oleana, and we finally had the opportunity to do so a few weeks ago when Z’s parents generously treated us to a birthday dinner (Z’s birthday is six days before mine – on July 4th!). We all sampled a variety of tapas that evening, including Warm Olives with Za’atar ($5)

The cheese plate ($11), which came with homemade string cheese, fresh mozzarella and Shanklish with spiced figs….

And numerous other dishes that were all magnificent – including the Spinach Falafel with Tahini, Yogurt, Beets and Crinkled Cress ($12). However, the most notable dish of the evening was the Chickpea Terrine with Apricot, Pistachio and Tahini Sauce ($9). This gem was one of the best dishes I’ve ever tasted. Hands down.

The dish itself is innovative, but the textures, flavors, spices and ingredients were all 100 percent spot on. I could easily eat this dish everyday for dinner for the rest of my life and die a happy woman. It was that good.

Oleana’s inventive menu, attentive staff and amazing use of flavors and spices (not to mention their dedication to local ingredients) makes this Cambridge spot worth every single penny.

Have you ever been to Oleana? What's your review?

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  1. I agree - Oleana is SO worth the splurge. I've eaten a lot of their menu but never had the chickpea terrine. Looks incredible!

  2. I'm a big fan of Oleana as well. I also feel like Oleana is the type of place to inspire one to make their own (more economical) versions of their dishes at home!

  3. I LOVE Oleana. The dishes are all very inventive, colorful, and flavorful. So glad you got a chance to go!

  4. Glad you guys like Oleana as much as I do!

  5. Oleana is definitely worth the splurge! So glad to hear you guys loved it. Here's my review: :)