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Lunch on a budget

IF YOU work or live anywhere near Richmond Road or Residency Road and want to grab a quick bite to eat, then head to Olives. It is a new multi-cuisine restaurant (located opposite Urban Edge, where Paratha Point once existed) that serves everything from pastas to kebabs.

Cool and airy interiors, good food and quick service make this an ideal place for a working lunch. In addition to the regular menu the place also has a sumptuous vegetarian buffet lunch priced at Rs. 49, for those on a budget, and in a hurry.


The menu is quite large and is neatly divided into Tandoor, Italian and Kebabs with special emphasis on seafood. The fish items are separate in the menu and they are from all over India. A quick glance and it pretty much covers the whole country, fish wise.

Multi-cuisine might be mantra for city restaurateurs now, but most of the food is Indianised before being served and this is also the case with Olives. The pastas here are good Indianised versions, with the Ferdinando standing out in particular. It is chicken pasta with double cream and a special curry powder prepared in-house. Another must-try is the Mermaid, which contains prawns, spring beans, double cream and paprika.

For starters, the kebabs here are a good bet and veggies need not feel left out. For the greens, the dawat-e-paneer is a good try while the rest can try the Olives Special seekh kebab or the murgh peshawari.

Buffet lunch

Coming back to the buffet lunch, it is basically a spread of north Indian or tandoor thali sans the tiny katoris. (It is quite irritating to figure out how to eat two rotis and rice with just a couple of katoris of curry!) The buffet consists of rotis, pulao, plain rice, three curries, raitha, curds and dessert — all unlimited. The rotis are standard tandoor rotis and the curries are also tandoor, but the chefs promise a change every day.

Thus the buffet is perfect for someone on the go and wants to have a quick, filling lunch. And for the price it is definitely paisa vasool.

There is also a range of desserts on offer for those with the luxury of time. Olives also offers home deliveries, call 51511777.

Ambience: Cool and airy

Wallet factor: A meal for two costs around Rs. 400

Specialty: Buffet lunch and fish curries

Service: Good and fast


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