One word: underwhelming. I heard and read about how fantastic the food at Olivia is, but none of the dishes tingled my senses. The now famous milk braised pork shoulder was too salty. I could not finish the dish. My taste buds needed a break after that dish, but the dessert was heavy and very sweet. The lamb's tongue and mint salad turned out to be the better dishes of the night, but not very memorable.
My visit was in the winter of 2008, and perhaps my nose and mouth were numb from the cold. I think I should try Olivia again before I rattle off and end up regretting what I write. The brunch menu holds promise.