When the Indian market opened in the early 90s, numerous food brands flourished – McDonalds, Dominos, Pizza Hut were amongst the first to expand their footprint. The initial success of these foreign chains inspired few entrepreneurs to bring global food to India. Rahul Akrekar’s Indigo and A. D. Singh’s Olive Bar & Kitchen were among the first few Indian stand-alone restaurants that started with the thought of serving authentic International cuisine.
They were the first to democratize gourmet pizzas, pastas and burgers. Over the years, both these brands have established a loyal fan following.
We had the perfect start to the evening with Parsnip Soup. It had a creamy froth like cappuccino. For the starters, we had Beetroot, Goat Cheese & Walnuts. Slow poached wine marinated beetroot was served with house churned beetroot sorbet, goat cheese croquettes and caramelized walnuts. Though I am not a fan of beetroot but I thoroughly enjoyed the complex flavours. But my favourite element in it was the beetroot sorbet. We also had Tuna Tartare, Egg Yolk & Avocado (raw tuna served with crispy fried, poached egg yolk, pickled summer vegetables & diced potato).
Salad for the evening –
We also had Olive’s Specialty cocktails which were beautifully paired with our food. The Wood Apple cocktail served with the starters and Cherry cocktail served with the chocolate dessert were simply brilliant. The unusual yet interesting pairing of various flavors had been the highlight of the evening.
The summer menu, created by Chef Sujan & Chef Dhruv Oberoi, is inspired by the sun. It is fresh, light, vibrant, colourful and visually stunning. It reflects the cooking trends of modern French and European cuisines. It combines a variety of ingredients picked from various farms from all over the country to create distinct and robust flavours. It’s one of the finest European menus we have experienced so far. Over the last 20 months, Chef Sujan has transformed the food ideology of Olive to make it one of the finest food destinations in the country.
Meal for two:
Address: One Style Mile, Haveli no. 6-8,
Kalkadass Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi – 110030
Phone no: 01129574444 / 3, 9810235472
Facebook: Olive Qutub
Lunch: 12pm – 3.30pm
Dinner: 7.30pm – 12pm
All day menu: 3.30pm – 7.30pm
Sunday Brunch: 12pm – 4pm
The Dirty Martini bar: Wednesday through Sunday, 7pm – 12am