It’s been a year this cafe and bar, with its signature whites and blues and Mediterranean/European style menus, has been giving you a look and feel of being there by the blue sea. Now Olive Cafe & Bar in Sector 26 has come out with a cool-cool new Summer menu to help you chill in the heat.
The beautifully laid out salads, dishes and drinks from the new Summer menu at a special media preview on Tuesday had the lensmen all excited, so much so that even after taking dozens of pictures they still wanted more. Despite his busy schedule, and eagerness to head back to the kitchen, Head Chef Anubhav Moza obliged each and every request for different angles and poses from them.
Photos Courtesy: Olive
Finally over with the photo shoots, Chef Moza sat down with us to share the details of the new Summer menu and the thought which went into each of the items on it.
He explained, “The dishes in the new food menu use fresh seasonal produce, thereby making the concept of farm-to-plate a reality. The cool new summer menu has ingredients that are best suited for the season, like tomatoes, mangoes, mulberry, millets and more.”
Orange Mint Lemonade
Beetroot & Plum Teq-Tonics
One of the highlights of the new menu is the Spanish cold soup, ‘Gazpacho’, made using yellow and red cherry tomatoes.
In fresh salads, the ‘Mango & Mulberry’ salad with other ingredients like cream cheese, granola and arugula leaves, he said is a must have. It has the extract of Roselle (an edible flower) used as a dressing to provide the salad an exquisite flavour.
Beetroot, Guava & Citrus
The other signature salad is ‘Beetroot, Guava and Citrus’. Guava carpaccio, golden beetroot, candy cane beetroot and goat cheese are the summer ingredients used to make this salad. Golden beetroots are being introduced for the first time in the city to enhance the culinary experience of guests.
To commemorate the International Year of The Millets, Olive Cafe & Bar has also introduced some millet-based dishes in the new Summer menu. So, ‘Avocado and Millet’ is made with Foxtail Millets and Avocados. The millets, with a half avocado placed on top, was smooth as silk and tasted great, debunking the general impression that millets are coarse grains, and thus not too good to taste.
Other millets used in various dishes in the new Summer menu include quinoa and pearl barley.
Avocadeo & Millet
For lunch, diners can choose from an exciting new burger menu. A major attraction here is the ‘Shroom burger’ that has truffle mayo, button mushroom, shitake patty, arugula leaves and cheese in brioche burger buns; served with house-made sweet potatoes. The ‘Go green burger’ has Avocado slices, spinach, broccoli and peas patty, cheese and charred onions.
The menu includes gourmet sandwiches and an array of bowls like the Mediterranean Bowl, Burrito Bowl and Asian Bowl.
Olive Café and Bar has also introduced hand-made pastas, ‘Pumpkin and Walnut Pasta’ being one from the range.
In the cocktails, the in-house concoctions have been made with natural fruits, and exclusive infusions of Asian herbs, coconut water, thyme, mustard, basil and more.
The Café and Bar also offers in-house churned ice creams and sorbets, which are featured in the menu this time. The cassata and choco bar are quite unique. The cassata features flavours like rum n’ resin and salted caramel served with mulberry compote. The choco bar is perfectly flavoured with whiskey, banana and vanilla coated with chocolate and hazelnut.
Come, let’s enjoy the summer!
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