Meal : Dinner
Loc : Turf Club, Mahalaxmi
Olive opened on this side of the suburban divide a while ago. Since then, i have been there a couple of times but never for a serious meal (until last night). The Bandra Olive has been the THE place for the Bollywood crowd which is why i avoided it for the longest time (and the fact that it was across the pond)
The Mahalaxmi joint is closer to home at the Turf Club. In fact it is right next to the stables and is done in the regular Mediterranean white washed style, not a patch on the Bandra Olive which is unfortunate.
They have always had a sense of style which is good because we dont have near enough stylish places in this city. Food wise though, they have always fallen flat. If one wants a proper gourmet meal the options are limited, Indigo, Zodiac Grill maybe but not Olive. Olive is for the tamasha (pageantry)
True to their name they offer a selection of black and green olives along with a selection of breads. Fun to munch on Olives, the breads too are okay, same as the ones they serve in Bandra.
Had a pretty decent Bloody Mary, however a horrible Margarita was served to the wife which was duly sent back.
The Feta salad was bunch of green leaves, almonds and feta cheese. Nice, just wished it had more feta cheese though...
We shared the entrees, the mushroom crepe was pretty good, you really CAN'T screw up mushrooms and cheese though... The risotto was grilled vegetables and was utterly bland. It was highly recommended which didn't help much. My other choice would have worked out much better im sure.
The Tiramisu the wife said was non-existent, she found no flavor or taste, just a smattering of Cinnamon and a lot of fluff.
Overall : Olive is a big disappointment, honestly though i expected it as they have never been about food. ,The wife likes her Italian which is how we ended up there. I found little worth talking about, the food was average as was the ambiance. The service is aloof but acceptable.
None of the good stuff was memorable in any way either.
If someone wants to grab a drink or two on a good night to check out the scene head to Olive. For a good culinary experience head elsewhere.
Food : 6/10
Service : 8/10
Damage : 3000
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