In a line: Olive’s all day cafe offering great breakfast, sandwiches and drinks!
Cuisine: Cafe, European, Asian
Price for two: Rs. 1500(approx)
Location: DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon
Must haves: The Olly Brekker, Prawns Pil Pil, The Big Cheese
Sometimes change is good!
And in this case, it certainly is.
Bidding adieu to the romantic Olive Bistro, the team behind olive have paved the way for a warm and soothing Cafe named Olly, an all-day cafe. Marked by simplicity and holding sustainability at prime, the cafe is filled with hues of cream and brown with a fresh kick from the green plants. With an al-fresco and indoor seating at disposal, Olly would ensure that you make the most of the good weather, when feasible.
A menu that celebrates their known-for pizzas and pastas, the menu at Olly has some interesting additions, all throughout the menu, that’ll leave you spoiled for choices.
Being the breakfast person that I am, I looked no further and got my hands on two of their breakfast platters, namely: Huevos Rancheros and The Olly Brekker. Refried beans, pico de gallo, avocado, crispy bacon, sour cream and fried egg over a tortilla, I knew that Huevos Rancheros was a hit until I laid my eyes on the beautiful Ollys Brekker platter. Consisting of scrambled eggs, mushrooms in white wine sauce, grilled tomatoes, pork sausages, blanched spinach, crispy bacon and toasted bread, this is THE breakfast that I need every day to start my day on the best note possible.
Giving in to my weakness for burrata, the Big Cheese was ordered and demolished in no time. Just fresh burrata, rosemary, honey, coriander seeds and fresh oranges, there’s no mucking around in here! If prawns are your weakness, then their olive oil-drenched Prawns Pil Pil would be addictive (we ordered them thrice. No kidding).
Since nothing can beat a freshly ground pesto sauce, the Green Goddess Pasta, that comprised of penne pasta tossed in pesto along with broccoli and asparagus, was ordered. While the flavour profile was spot on, since this is a dry pasta, I’d be happy to see it in either spaghetti, linguine or angel hair pasta instead. The pizzas, needless to say, are the safest bet and won’t disappoint you a bit.
The desserts menu is so good that even a person without a sweet tooth might feel like jumping in. Though this is where I’d say there’s room for improvement. The tiramisu, though bang on in terms of the texture, was slightly on the sweeter side, making the coffee greatness of the dessert mellow down. The brookie, too, had a similar issue when it came to the sweetness quotient. The pannacotta with salted caramel and popcorn had a beautiful medley of flavours, but since it wasn’t set properly, it gave the feeling of an unset custard instead.
Confession: Overall, Olly does offer a great experience in terms of food, service and a fuss-free ambience. The breakfast platters are a must and of course, there’s a lot of offerings in the menu to satiate every palate. A little improvement in the desserts segment and it’ll become an all-encompassing place!
Value for money: 4/5