The restaurant provides a large selection of meals to choose from, so it can cater to anyone's taste including the fussy eaters or the weight watchers.
We dined with a group of 10, and with most of us opting for a three course meal with a bottle of wine to boot the bill came down to a surprisingly $40 each (this is of course after 2 entertainment discount cards - even if not used it would have been fairly priced).
To top of the price, the service was attentive, friendly and was so patient with us, especially seeing as some of us arrived at different times so our meals weren't ordered as soon as we got there, but they were still very patient and lovely. In fact, I must admit, although our waitress lacked a bit of confidence when it came to knowing her "specials" - which she actually knew but was always like "i'll double check for you", she was just the sweetest and was just so cute in all her mannerism.
Of course, nothing is as important as the food itself, and I must say it was delicious.
The entree consisted of:
The fried brie - which was delicious, although I think fried camembert is a lot better.
The garlic bread is homemade with love. It smelt so delicous and was probably one of the best garlic bread I have ever had. Although the addition of sprouts was a little odd.
As for general bread with balasmic vinegar? well, it's an italian restarant so it was done well.
The mains were cooked with love and attention to flavours.
The chilli crab pasta has the right amount of bite from the chilli without the chilli over-powering, or without the whole dish being too bland. Although, again, the addition of sprouts as garnish was just plain weird - they probably bought too much!
The tapas for two looked boutiful and delicious. The two that got the tapas plate to share was content and loved every bit of their meal!
The pizzas looked so appetizing and they didn't skimp out on the toppings.
The pork belly, it was tender, although it was said that the crackling wasn't the best.
The dukkah lamb was juicy and tender and the cous cous on the side was just laced with the right amount and mix of spices and herbs. It also came with a side of mixed steamed vegetables which perfectly balanced all the spices in my dish.
The fillet steak with prawns according to bf was tender, and juicy with a great sauce.The desserts were house-made and were pretty fantastic, although not necessary mind-blowing.
The sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce was almost as good as the one at Melbourne Supper club. It was moist and the butterscotch was a nice sweet touch (although it wasn't as smooth as it could have been).
The cheesecake was apprently delicious although she said it probably paled in comparison to the other desserts.
The creme brulee was delicous, not too sweet and the caramelisation at the top was done to perfection.
The carrot cake was moist and yummy. It was also a massive slice of carrot cake, very generous!
The tiramisu on the other hand paled, still delicious but I still think Ciao Italia is the best.
The apple crumble dessert was delicious, it was nice and warm and homely. The ice-cream on the top and the cream on the side were the perfection addition to what was already a yummy dessert. It's definitely the perfect dessert for the colder months.
Overall, Oliver's on James Street, is a must go to in Northbridge, especially for Italian food in Northbridge. It outshines all the other ones on the strip and it's value for money, with big serves, good service and wonderfully cooked meals all with a very lovely casual atmosphere, perfect for that catch up you been meaning to do. You couldn't really ask for more.