An Oasis (Cafe) in the Desert…

A few weeks ago, we went to Oasis Cafe for Bryce’s birthday dinner. I had always been a bit hesitant to return here since I had found glass in my mashed potatoes my first visit.

However, the food was great. No glass! Warm bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start…

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A tasting plate to whet the appetite…

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Hummus, tapenade, caponata, cucumber noodles, and grilled carbs. The grilled ciabatta was awesome and the tapenade was probably my favorite. All was good, but I’m not sure it’d be a for-sure order every time.

Entrees! I had the salmon.

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I will admit: I do not like raw tomatoes. Although these were grilled, every part of them except for that 1/2 centimeter on top was raw. I’m sure they were great for the tomato-loving kind, though. The honey-lavender polenta was what made me order this dish.. yum.

Bryce got the mushroom strozapretti.

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These long funny-looking straw noodles are delicious. I might’ve liked his dish the best…

Alex got the wild mushroom risotto.

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The egg on top looked enticing, but I can’t say the same for the scallions snaking their way through the risotto. No, I don’t love long stringy (and raw) scallions, but I do love their flavor. I didn’t try his dish but he cleaned it all up!

Kasumi got the eggplant parmesan risotto.
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She cleaned up her plate as well. It looked really creamy.

Not too shabby, I’d say. I’d give it another go as I didn’t find any physical contaminants this time around, eh?

It was an Oasis in the desert… right next to a cute bookstore. We sat on outside (fantastic atmosphere) until it rained on us. So much for living in the desert…

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