3.04.2015

Dinner & A Movie: Oasis Cafe

Time again for another restaurant review! This time for a restaurant I actually visited way back in January but haven't gotten around to reviewing yet: the Oasis Cafe. The dining experience in question goes down as some of my pal's favorite restaurants of the Dine O' Round tour so far, as for myself? You'll have to read on below to find out... or at the very least scroll down and skim my usual categories of AMBIENCE, FOOD & SERVICE. But first, as always I'll include my handy keys to guide you on price and quality.

PRICE: 
$ = 5-10 avg. per entree 
$$ = 10-15 avg. per entree 
$$$ = 15-20 avg. per entree 
$$$$ = 20-30 avg. per entree 
$$$$$ = $30+ and above per entree.

Oasis Cafe is $$$ 



RATINGS: 1 star = Poor, 2 stars = fair, 3 stars = good, 4 stars = very good, and 5 stars = AMAZING. 

SERVICE


The service we had at Oasis Cafe was absolute perfection! Our waiter was extremely personable, respectful, patient and dependable. I would say this was hands down the example of what a 5 is in our books. The water was always full, he never interrupted if he caught us in mid-conversation, he remembered to come back promptly after giving us more time (instead of forgetting about us completely like a few others we've had before.) He gave us a great insight into the menu and was very friendly in his suggestions. Basically, our interactions were minimal but purposeful... and somehow always pleasant. EMILY RATING: 5

AMBIANCE



With such great service and a desirable menu, my friends and I decided that Oasis Cafe's weak point is most definitely the ambiance. Perhaps this isn't the case in the summer when you can undoubtedly dine on a charming patio.. but the indoor atmosphere was a little forgettable and probably better suited for lunch time visits. But still, there were little details we liked such as the paintings near the hall by the bathroom which made it look like a stained glass wall. But, for the most part, the interior of the restaurant could afford to take it up a notch. EMILY RATING: 3

FOOD



On this outing, we skipped the appetizers and went straight to our main courses. There were a couple items that caught my eye on the dinner menu, but I went with the paprika crusted chicken (with sweet corn risotto and avocado salad on the side.) While my dining companions raved about their respective dishes.. I, unfortunately, felt like something very key was missing from mine: a good sauce to accompany the chicken. While the chicken itself was cooked wonderfully and had great flavor.. there was nothing great to accompany it. I think it was intended that the risotto fill this function, but unfortunately it didn't really do it for me. After dinner was over, we shared two exquisite desserts: the coconut cheesecake and the lavender infused panna cotta. These desserts were simply divine and made up for my good, but disappointing dinner. It's hard to fault the food entirely for what I felt was lacking in my menu, because I knew from my friends' enthusiasm over their meals that perhaps I just hadn't gotten the right thing... plus the desserts were just fantastic. Therefore, I'll combine our scores into one. EMILY RATING: 4.5

Seriously, I can't decide which dessert was more scrumptious so I had to include both pics.

Courtney says: Before our Dine O'Round trip (via most gracious Emily) I had never even heard of the oasis cafe. and I'm happy to report that it has added such happiness to my life. save one weakness (I wasn't really digging the hippie-attached-to-palm-reading-holistic-book-store ambiance), our experience was perfect! I ordered the stuffed filet medallions, which had gorgonzola and mushroom stuffing with a side of mashed potatoes, all topped with a marsala cream sauce. Oh, baby. just the recall has me salivating. we shared a couple desserts that were also DIVINE. in addition to the delectable food, the service was unmatched. attentive, but not annoying, prompt, friendly, just everything you would want in a waiter. if I remember correctly he was also easy on the eyes so that helps. all around great experience. I will be back for more, and more, and more and more. they're open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so I have plenty of meals to choose from.

Amelia says: Oasis Cafe has been one of my favorite dining experiences so far on Emily’s delectable dine o’ round tour of dining delight. The atmosphere was nice and the service was exceptional. I ordered the pan roasted halibut. It was beautifully presented, and more importantly, delicious. Everything we ate felt light and fresh but was still very filling. It was also fun to wander through the bookstore after our meal. I would definitely come here again.


& A MOVIE.

If we're talking about memorable movies with deserts in them two polar opposites come to mind for you to pair this restaurant with. Your first option: Lawrence of Arabia. Not much of an Oasis here except gorgeous cinematography throughout and SOME chances at water that somehow still make you feel relieved. The other, sillier option? Spaceballs. Sometimes when wandering along a desert planet you might just stumble upon a Disneyland type hidden oasis ruled by the one and only Yogurt. 

1 comment:

Johanna said...

This really makes me want to go there. Maybe I'll choose it for my birthday with Karrie.