I’m Irish, so I’m used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there and I’ll call it dinner.
Last Tuesday my Mom, my younger brother and I traveled to Olive B’s (www.olivebsbigsky.com), a relatively new restaurant in the Big Sky Meadow Village , located in Meadow Village Center
151 Center Lane #2 . Olive B’s has a variety of different foods ranging from French Onion Soup to crispy circles of Fried Calamari and even huge chunks of elk. The restaurant that was previously in Olive B’s place served Mexican Food and was unfortunately not great. As a result of this, we hoped that Olive B’s locally known chef would bring our stomachs joy. Over our time in Montana this summer we heard numerous mixed reviews about the restaurant and we decided to taste Olive B’s for ourselves.
When we entered restaurant we noticed the clean, rustic/modern atmosphere. When we got to the hostess station and gave our name they couldn’t find our reservation, we then realized we had had mistakenly made it for two days later. Luckily they were able to get us a table but unfortunately in the less desirable seating area. We knew this because we were seated next to a family with a constantly screaming baby.
Before it was time to order, the kitchen brought a cutting board piled high with warm, spongy bread and smooth, flavorful herb butter on the side. The bread was delicious and the cold butter made it even better.
They also brought us a small strange tasting cucumber slice topped with soggy mint hummus and a odd fried caper on top. The cucumber was not good and left a horrible taste in my mouth after I ate it.
When it was time to order appetizers, we ordered three things. I ordered the French Onion Soup (warm beef broth with perfectly browned caramelized onions, a circular squishy, soup soaked piece of bread, and an abundance of chewy, stretchy cheese on the bottom and sides of the bowl). The soup was decent but not great as a result of the stringy cheese.
My brother ordered 6 hot Oysters that were squishy and oozing with strange juices. The Oysters were covered in a crisp layer of several cheeses, numerous herbs, and salty prosciutto. My brother said that the Oysters were fine but not anything to get excited over.
My mom order tiny crispy, crunchy on the outside rubbery on the inside circles of calamari with a nice fresh, bright, abundant, colorful salad under the calamari.
Overall the appetizers were decent but not very great. For my entree I ordered 3 tough, chewy Elk Medallions with cold, starchy, grainy mashed potatoes with a hint of black truffle and crunchy, toothsome asparagus spears as well.
My younger brother ordered a large tender, juicy bison steak covered in spiced corn with a well made potato cake that contained potato’s and straight from the farm vegetables. Sadly like my mashed potatoes, his potato cake was cold.
Finally my mom ordered a tasteless slab of Halibut with a scoop of dark green, velvety guacamole on top and floating on a bed of bead like quinoa. I do not think she enjoyed the dish for she left a large amount of it behind.
Overall the food at Olive B’s was not very satisfying. On the other hand, the dessert was delicious. We ordered a warm Cookie in a Skillet oozing with chocolate chips with a cold refreshing scoop of Huckleberry Ice cream on top. The huckleberry ice cream was a little too sweet for my liking but still good.
My younger brother ordered a Brownie Sundae with a rich brownie/rice crispy treat with a scoop of chilled peanut butter and chocolate ice cream.
We both enjoyed our desserts immensely. The atmosphere of the restaurant was a mix of modern and rustic that made me feel right at home. The value of the restaurant was very expensive and was DEFINITELY not worth it for the disappointing food. The service was very good. Our waitress looked over us like a hawk and also joked with us quite a bit. Overall I would be willing to give it another try just on the slim chance that it was an off day when we went. The restaurant was mobbed so maybe we were just unlucky. I would give it ZZV- 2 1/2 Z’s- Yuck.