It’s raining sea food at Olive

The new light and arty summer menu

olive bar and kitchen, delhiWords: Ambica Gulati

Think olive and the green fruit conjures up images of good health and good living. But when you think Olive in Delhi, images of the white décor, pebbled ground, well lit garden seating and oodles of sophisticated art and arty people eating some really well cooked out-of-the-world cuisine flash before the eyes. And the summer menu doesn’t disappoint. Full of light sea food, lots of green, fruits and fresh dips, it comes dressed in style, thank to Chef de cuisine Chef Sujan S. and Chef Dhruv Oberoi.

It’s nothing less than an art that you hate to cut through that the Chef sends on your table. The meal lasted three hours for us in the cosy, romantic settings, away from prying eyes. That’s what make Olive special-it’s not just about cuisine, it’s also about letting the guest take their own time and enjoy the meal in cool Mediterranean surroundings.

Without getting into the details of each dish, I would say anyone would enjoy the greens, the pickled veggies. And you get to taste freshly ground salsa right on your table. The potions are good and would serve two people easily. I particularly liked the Beetroot, Goat Cheese Walnuts salad and Tuna Tartare which had pickled veggies.

beetroot salad, olive bar and kitchen,, delhiAnd we downed all this with some martinis, ending with the Espresso Martini which is actually a wake up call after the leisurely dinner. It’s a close cousin to the black coffee, albeit cold!

What you must try: Pan Grilled Scottish Salmon, Nantua, Grilled Jumbo Prawns

End it with: Mango Panna Cotta. This vanilla pudding is served with fresh mango, honeycomb, broken meringue, mango jelly and ice-cream and simply melts in your mouth.

Or Chocolate Fondant with its hot melting chocolate centred pudding with cocoa nib crunch and vanilla bean ice-cream.

What’s special: The Tasting Lab every Thursday is Chef Sujan’s laboratory, where a special table of 20 gets to taste special dishes. The Dirty Martini, is the striking cocktail bar set in the 1920s, with a treetop terrace overlooking the Qutub Minar, offers some of the best martinis in town.

tuna tartare, olive bar and kitchen,, delhiMeal for two: Lunch Rs 1500++; Dinner: Rs 2200++

Address: One Style Mile, Haveli no. 6-8, Kalkadass Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi

Phone no: 91-11-29574444/3, 919810235472

Website: www.olivebarandkitchen.com

Timings: Lunch 12-3.30pm; Dinner 7.30-12pm

All day menu: 3.30-7.30pm; Sunday Brunch: 12-4pm

The Dirty Martini bar: Wednesday through Sunday, 7pm – 12am

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