Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Oliver's Twist a Seattle Gem!

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Your first thought when you walk inside Oliver's Twist in Greenwood, might be either, "Wow this place is cool!" or "Oh man, this place is too fancy schmancy!"

But just chill out okay. Try not to be intimidated by "cool atmosphere" and "ambiance".

This place is by far my favorite place to do happy hour or small bites and drinks any night of the week, in Greenwood. I think we have tried everything on the menu by now, my husband and I, usually ordering about 5 items to share with a couple of drinks. I highly recommend several things: The Kale with Garlic and Chili Flakes, which have the perfect amount of kick and earthy flavor, always ordering two plates because it's so tasty! The Tomato Cappuccino with Mini Grilled Cheese, a really a neat concept by frothing the sweet and bold soup so that it has foam on top, ladled into a coffee cup, and really fun to sip and dip the buttery grilled cheese into. One of their specialties and what you smell upon entering this fantastic joint, is the Garlic Truffle Popcorn, which I can't stop eating. In fact I hoard it, stuffing huge handfuls into my mouth like someone who hasn't eaten in days. The truffle isn't overwhelming at all, and you get a perfect dose of garlic in every bite. I can't forget to tell you about the Blue Cheese-Bacon Stuffed Dates. The moment they go into your mouth, you can't help but moan and wonder how they came up with this heavenly pairing. You can imagine, the blue cheese and bacon might be overwhelming for some, but if you like strong flavors with both salty and sweet, this dish is for you. Oh, and if you can swing it, order the Olives...can't go wrong with a bowl of tangy plump oil cured olives.

Dessert, you ask? Think 2 huge scoops of chocolate gelato, sitting on top of homemade peanut butter caramel, topped with a sprinkling of sea salt. It's basically like eating a Reese's Peanut butter cup "on crack" as the waitress said.

The drinks are good too. I always order a Miss Nancy, consisting of gin, blood-orange bitters n' bubbles, rhubarb-tarragon syrup, and a lovely sprig of tarragon! I usually only need one, as they are pretty stiff. *smile* Some of the cocktails have some pretty interesting combination's, which you may or may not like. But I would say trying them is half the fun!

Prices are a bit on the high end, but when you consider what the ingredients are, it's understandable in my eye. Food ranges from about $6-$10 per small plate (a few bucks less during happy hour) and drinks are $7 or $8. Just make a special night of it, treat yourself or meet some friends to share!

Here are some of my nummy photos!

tomato cappuccino, mini grilled cheese sandwichall green food
blue cheese-bacon stuffed dates, marcona almonds,warm tomato vinaigretteMiss Nancy
peanut butter caramel, chocolate gelato, sea salt


Jamie Susan said...

OOOOO. Simply stunning! Good work!

Lara said...

Thanks Jamie! It's a great place. :)

Michelle said...

We would meet you here sometime.

Lara said...

Michelle, it would be the perfect place!

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