Chennai Restaurant Reviews

Olive and Basil

Olive and Basil is a name that has been on my list for a very long time now. Last time I had some work in Adayar, it turned out to be Prems Graama Bhojanam, and one another time, it was dinner at Kuttanad. So this time, the moment I knew I had some work in Adayar, decided that my lunch was going to be in Olive and Basil.


I wasn’t exactly sure where this place was, so decided to take directions via zomato app and it was correct to a certain extent, but it said that we reached the destination right in front of the TASMAC on Kasthuribai Nagar 2nd Cross Street πŸ˜‰ For once, I was happy with the directions on Zomato :p btw This place is located at the junction of Sardar Patel Road and Kasthuribai Nagar 2nd Cross Street.
As we entered, this was a small place with just five 4-seater tables and the ambience was very decent and the place was clean. The place had AC and was welcoming when the outside temperature was 40 degrees. We immediately got a table and settled down. The menu was elaborate and had a good choice of Chinese dishes, pretty impressive! We ordered a Chicken Manchow Soup and Dragon Chicken, Steamed Chicken Momos and Pan-Fried Chicken Momos for starters. The soup was served pretty quickly and the starters followed.
The Chicken Manchow soup was nice with a wonderful flavor. It was slightly salty to my liking. They served some crispy noodles along with it and it was nice. While I was discussing this with my friend, next came the Dragon Chicken. I had a similar feeling with this too. This is not something worth a complaint, but at the same time, it is something that is good to have. I felt had it been a little less salty, it would have been awesome. Chicken momos came next and it was very tasty. There was a subtle difference between the steamed momos and the pan-fried momos, unlike the deep-fried momos which was distinctly different. By the time we were eating the momos, we felt kinda full. Just ordered a Chicken Phad Thai Pak which was basically spicy Thai Chicken Fried Rice. It was tasty and since we were a bit too full, ordered a portion of it to be packed.
After we finished and paid the bill, just had a very brief chat with Sai Karthik, who owns the place and gave him my feedback on the salt in the soup and starter. Β  The lunch set us back by Rs 704. Overall, all the dishes we ate were tasty and in fact, there was a lot more to explore on the menu. I will certainly visit again to try more of their specialities.

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