I went to L'Olivier to celebrate a French friend's birthday. The service was OK, even though they interrupted the toast to the "birthday girl" to take orders. Some of the food was just OK, while some dishes would not get a passing grade in an inexpensive restaurant. I have only a detailed review for the dishes I and my partner ordered. The beef tartar was swimming in oil, had no taste or zest. My partner ordered the most expensive dish on the menu, a Friday and Saturday special, the bouillabaisse. It is a provencal dish with tomatoes, leeks, fennel, and all the appropriate spices and several kinds of fish and other sea food cooked in a saffron broth with a garlic and herb rouille on the side. This is not what was served. We could not fish out any vegetables from the thick sauce. The only detectable spice was salt, the fish, one shrimp, a gummy scallop and five old clams were drowned in an orange colored salty, thick and floury sauce. It was special only in the sense that it might have contained the weeks leftover fish with salt and a thick sauce disguising the age of fish. It was disgusting and it was $27. I was luckier, I had a sea food plate with polenta, which was OK, but not OK for the price. I tasted one desert, the chocolate mousse, which was OK, but nothing to do with the French mousse as I knew it. Is this restaurant really French???Our party provided the wine.
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