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 😉 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. 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.