In the bustling area of Union Park at Khar, is this charming and inviting place called Olive Bar & Kitchen. It makes me wonder how they have created this charming place that can cut you off the outside commotion. As we arrived, we took a good look at the entire restaurant and figured out the options of seating. Olive has two sections; the air conditioned inners section and the outer one. The outer in again divided into two viz. a family table seating with sand like floor made of tiny gravels and the wooden flooring with raised metal chairs. Every table was lit by a candle creating a very cozy environment.
As we settled into a raised table near the bar, the waiter got us our special Citibank Gourmet Flavours menu. The menu looked very well curated comprising of appetizers, mains and desserts. Here is a detailed account of the dishes we experienced:
Trio Beetroot and Feta Textures
Never thought I would say I love beetroot in my salad but this surely has changed my perception. A perfect start to the meal with the delightful salad at hand. Beautifully plated these beetroots were cooked in 3 different ways and were delicious with each bite served along with fresh citrus salad, peppery arugula leaves and to add crunchiness walnuts were added to it. All in all a very healthy and scrumptious meal to begin.
Cauliflower and Date
If you have a sweet tooth and you are a big date fan then this is your dish to call. A mixture of cauliflower and date puree with some fresh ground cocoa nibs and cream crumbs served with big chunks of cauliflower pieces dipped in the puree brings out the sweetness of the dates and stays on your palate till you munch on the cocoa nibs. Go Healthy !! Go Dates !!
Feta Stuffed Mushrooms
WOW !! WOW !! WOW !! These mushrooms were spot on and perfectly cooked. Filled with feta cheese these mushrooms just melt in your mouth and literally make you go mmmmmmm. You should simply get here and call for them instead of reading more about how they were made. They were stupendo-fantabulously-fantastical.
Not every restaurant can get a risotto right but here at the Olive Bar and Kitchen, they don’t let your hopes down. Made of Italian arborio and puffed wild black rice, this risotto was simple yet delicious. Cooked with 3 different types of mushrooms along with truffle mascaporne, the risotto goes easy on your palate. A dish doesn’t always have to be experimented with various ingredients, sometimes the most simple ones make it better.
A beautiful harmony of vegetables baked to perfection with parmesan cheese, a delicacy loved my most. Often the vegetables can be overcooked which spoils the taste of the whole dish but Olive makes sure not to disappoint you. Served along with chunky breadcrumbs the dish surely brings out all its elements and is just splendid !! Call for it !!
Warm Toffee Pudding
There is always room for dessert as rightly said and with this as an option there are no second thoughts for the same. Served with brown butter ice cream and well done caramelized bananas and coffee caramel custard, this toffee pudding was just exceptional. Getting the texture right, this cake like pudding was not airy or fluffy but just perfectly made. If you have a sweet tooth,call for it.
Tiramisu has been a personal favourite and as said earlier not every restaurant can nail this dessert but what are the odds. The Classic Tiramisu here is heavenly and to die for. Getting that espresso flavour with every bite makes you feel content and reach out for more. I can with guarantee say that once this dish comes to your table it will disappear within seconds. This was the perfect way to end a great meal.
The verdict is clear and it need not be said. Olive Bar & Kitchen really stands out not only for the food they serve but also for the service they provide. The staff is humble and friendly. If you are looking out for a place to take your next date then this is the place to be at. With delicious food and good music you will surely shake a leg towards the end of your meal.
Taste – 4 / 5
Service – 4 / 5
Value for money – 4 / 5
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