Olive Qutub located in the tranquil environment of Mehrauli, is beyond description. Every single time that I have been there, the place simply mesmerizes and I fall in love yet again, a little more with the place. The food at Olive has always been remarkable and the chef de cuisine – Sujan Sarkar, always takes extra care that the food on the plate teases your palate even before you have a bite for the taste.
This time around, it was a bloggers meet for experiencing The Earth Menu. A seven course tasting menu inspired by the simple essences of the season and utilizing the abundant ingredients of the Earth. The menu consists of the Chef’s special dishes in small satiating portions.
The extensive course started with the amuse-bouche, which had – watermelon jelly with a fermented gooseberry, parsnip crisp topped with goat cheese & sun dried tomatoes and chicken liver parfait with a poached cherry. The amuse-bouche or the ‘mouth amuser’ expressed the Chef’s idea and the artistry for the course’s intense flavors. It was like a beautifully designed sneak peek into what was about to follow.
First up, were the Consomme, available in both veg. and non-veg. variants. The veg. one was a clear mushroom soup served with goat cheese & mushroom tortellini and kale. The other one was a roasted chicken clear soup with confit chicken tortellini, with a garnish of mushroom, toasted nuts and kale. Served hot, both the soups were scrumptious and flavors were subtle with the stuffed tortellini.
Coming up next were the salads, Andaman Tuna Tartare (NV) and the Heart of Palm (V). Served on a bed of avocado and with some semolina crisps, raw radishes, palm hearts, the salads were fresh and delicious. The appetizers also had Tenderloin pastrami and the lovely White and Green Asparagus with Egg. Sauteed crisp asparagus with a fried poached egg, served with warm cauliflower mash, the dish was so simple but yet so distinct in taste.
The mains began with Chilean Sea bass and had some really palatable Belgian pork belly and New Zealand Lamb loin. The favorite for me being, the lamb being braised perfectly medium rare, served with a truffle mash and parsnip puree. Ah, blissful!
The vegetarian mains consisted of roasted baby pumpkin served with barley risotto, savoy cabbage and parmesan mousse and zucchini & potato terrine. Baby pumpkin was the clear favorite of the day – the barley risotto was a surprise!
Broken Lemon Meringue Tart was the first dessert served to us – the lemon curd was delectable and lemon and passion fruit sorbet will leave you wanting for more. Valrhona Chocolate has mousse, a lovely mandarin sorbet (blissful), chocolate aero and cocoa nib crunch – giving you all the textures you can ask for !
The experience is available at a price of 2500++ for veg. and 2900++ for non-veg. for dinner only. Take time to soak in the charm of the menu and the ambiance, don’t rush it. #TheEarthMenu pleases your visionary sense as much as it does your palate. Go enjoy!
Featured image courtesy – Olive Delhi.
Review Credit – Abhik Dasgupta
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