Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Olive Bistro , Pune - New Menu

Olive Bistro is amongst my favorite places to dine in Pune .

I love the laid back feel , the pebbled walkways and the charming water fountain that add to the Mediterranean Island  vibe .

 An excellent ambiance and wonderfully hospitable staff makes dining here a delight every single time .

The food is lovely , well presented and with clean flavors . Great options for vegetarians and the desserts are excellent .

I was invited to sample the New Menu and this is some of what I ate and enjoyed .

Spinach and Feta Spanakopita was lovely , spinach and creamy crumbled feta cheese in a deep fried pastry casing . It was served with Tzatziki that had a lovely flavor of dill.

Spinach & Feta Spanakopita 260
 Stuffed phylo parcels with  Tzatziki dip

The Bistros herb-ed  chicken skewers were a nice accompaniment to our cocktails , again nice clean flavors , could taste the lovely rosemary .

                                                           The Bistros Herb Chicken Skewers 280

No dining experience at Olive is complete without a thin crust pizza , baked in their lovely wood fired oven we tried the Philly Cream cheese pizza , it was fantastic . Cream cheese on a pizza is a very very good thing , melt in your mouth sort of good thing . The pizza had a nice strong kick of garlic and that only made the pizza so many times better for me .

                                                               Philadelphia Cream Cheese & Chicken Pizza  460/-
Tomato, Onions, Mozzarella & Generous Amount Of Feta Drizzle With Cream Cheese Sauce

Porcini & Vanilla Cappuccino soup was interesting , I guess being in the middle of summer I did not really want to have soup .

Porcini & Vanilla Cappuccino - 190/-
Dusted With Ground Cinnamon

I loved the Ravioli , tomato infused pretty pink parcels stuffed with ricotta , basil and parmesan and served with a delicious cheese fondue cream . Whats not to like when you have three kinds of cheese all in one dish .

                                                                      Lune Rosse Ravioli @ 440/-
Tomato Infused Pasta Parcels Stuffed With Ricotta, Basil & Parmesan, Tossed In A Sage & Garlic Butter Sauce Served With Cheese Fondue Cream


Greek Salad with Watermelon -290/-
Fresh Mesclun Mix with Olives, Cucumber, Red Onions, Bell Peppers & watermelon Dressed In A Balsamic Vinaigrette & Finished With A Feta Crumble

                   Chef Sagar Joshi does a wonderful job with the new menu and y’all must go try it soon .

Dessert was a boozy Gelato sampler  which I loved right down to the last bite! 

Boozy Gelato Sampler 280/-
Trio Of Chocolate & Cointreau / Red Currant & Vodka / Pina colada (white rum)
(Only For Alcoholics)

All Pictures : Suraj Singh

Friday, 15 May 2015

Anti-oxidant Hibiscus Juice shot

I am a teenie weenie bit vain so when a drink promises radiant skin and anti-ageing benefits it must feature in my day!

Well , jokes apart Hibiscus flower has been used for centuries in Asia and in the Caribbean in teas and other drinks. Also used as a medicinal aid the hibiscus flower is known to have several health benefits like lowering blood pressure etc.

Vendors selling a deep red sweet iced tea called  Agua Fresca (hibiscus teain opean air markets in Mexico is a common sight.

Hibiscus flowers contain high levels of anti-oxidants including flavanoids ....the same stuff found in red wine :))

Hibiscus flowers contain 17% more anthocyanins ( anti-oxidants) ....simply put the good stuff that makes your skin glow and helps fight ageing :)))  .....than other juices!

Tastes so refreshing ........a berry like taste with slight flowery undertones ... I dont know about the health benefits but I know every time I have this I feel a spike in my energy levels ....:))))

So here it is ......

For 1 Glass you need

Petals of 2 hibiscus flowers - washed 
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1.5 - 2 tsp honey

In the smallest attachment of your mixer add washed flower petals along with lemon juice. Leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours.

Grind with a little water till you get a beautiful concentrate all ruby red and pretty ...should look like this......

Add a glass of water .

Stir in some honey and drink to good health :))

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