Review: Olive Bar and Kitchen, Mehrauli, Delhi (Mediterranean)
One Style Mile, Mehrauli, New Delhi. Ph # +91-11-29574444
An enviable rustic hideaway under the shade of the Qutab Minar, the Olive Bar and Kitchen, Delhi is a spectacular alfresco- Mediterranean restaurant in the city. It was over a lazy lunch on a winter afternoon yesterday that we felt in love with the place, as much for its gourmet menu as for the stunning setup.
Characteristic white walls, pebbled courtyard under a canopy of Banyan tree, traces of olive green- blue upholstery, the open wood fire pizza oven, immediately casts an enchanting spell as one walks inside the restaurant. We could have actually not asked for a better ambiance to relax and share some great conversation over great food with drinks pouring in.
The nights here however I am told is a different affair, with lights, live bands and the Dirty Martini bar with their claim to the best martinis in town, is definitely something we got to check out soon.
Service was pretty good I’d say. The lunches here are curtailed affair and being a weekday the place was thankfully not swarming with crowd, so we didn’t have to struggle for an attention from the staff. The food was brought with smile and the drinks were served, repeated promptly.
Food I reckon is an artist’s expression and the Exec Chef Sabyasachi Gorai simply creates magic in the way he brings the food on plate to life. His love and expertise with food is reflected in the great attention that is given in plating each dish, to make it look palatable and exotic.
The restaurant claims to source the finest ingredients from best of the sources around the world under high quality packing to ensure the best quality, so felt safe and placed a majority of our orders in seafood. A basket of fine fresh breads with a charecteristic thin Italian bread (Pane perhaps) with good olive oil were served complimentry while we scanned through the menu.
An order of Sizzling Gumbas and Olive signature Tuna nicoise salad with a roundup of cocktails and wines proved to be an excellent choice for starters. The salad was a work of an art with fennel flavoured mild dressing over the cold cut, shallots, olives and the quail eggs, deliciously elite. The pan roasted tiger prawn, garlic, olives, olive oil were super awesome too and we liked off the plate in no time.
The blue cheese gnocchi for mains was soft and light with the seasonal broccoli, green peas and parmesan shavings on top, I’d have loved an extra punch of blue cheese in the recipe though. The other two mains were the sea food risotto and a sea food stew, both equally delicious. The perfectly cooked risotto rice with tiger prawns, clams and calamari in a creamy red sauce was lip smacking. The seafood stew was outstanding, smooth, lightly flavoured gravy over a plate full of seafood and a crispy slice of bread.
The deserts were both a work of some delicate art on plate. The Chocolate fondant with homemade vanilla gelato and a berry compote was sinfully delicious and worth getting addicted to. The mille feuille of strawberries served with fresh sorbet was good too, the mille feuille although had an extra load of whipping cream to suit my taste but the sorbet was absolutely smooth and delicious.
The cocktails were apparently pretty good too according to my company of drinkers, what was impressive is the way they served the cocktails in tea-cups and large iron mugs, a reminiscent of the prohibition era. The wine and Champagne menu is pretty extensive and impressive too but with a very limited by the glass options on the list.
An ideal place for a rendezvous over great food and drinks, this stand-alone restaurant can give any five-star restaurant a run for fame. The exotic experience they offer is also fairly priced for the class and quality of food they are serving. Our bill of four for the above order including an Iced tea, 4 cocktails, 2 wines by the glass and 2 pint beers was a total of Rs. 9807/- including taxes (Aprox Rs.4100 was for the drinks alone). I am all set to do a second round of this place soon to taste some fresh baked pizzas from that open wood-fire oven.