Review: Of Sorbets and Semifreddos in Olive Qutub's Summer Menu

Fancy a Mango Cassata with air-dried mango leather?


Summer in the capital city means savouring new additions in restaurants to welcome the season. If you want to relish real gourmet artistry, the new seasonal menu at Olive Qutub is worth every penny. With plenty of citrus flavours and items like sorbets and semifreddos on your plate, the dishes on the new menu represent the most delicious celebration of the scorching Delhi heat.

You know chef de cusine Sujan S. and head chef Dhruv Oberoi have clearly had a lot of fun when classics like beetroot and goat cheese are presented as a mélange of beets with chevre semifreddo. French goat cheese is served as a semi-frozen galette with chunks of orange poached apricot, and beetroot is offered as a savoury sponge, pickled beets and an intensely flavourful beetroot snow. Both the carpaccio dishes – mushroom with white asparagus and the sous-vide tiger prawns – are supremely delicate and come with many interesting elements on the plate. The smoked duck breast roulade with a choco-bar of a light chicken liver mousse and pan seared Hokkaido scallops served with blackened chicken thighs are a delight to the senses.

In addition to refreshing soups and appetisers, the mains showcase fine Mediterranean fare such as the hand-rolled agnolotti with butternut squash. This artisanal pasta, stuffed with goat cheese and spinach, is cooked with sage emulsion and served with a spiced pumpkin puree. Accompanying this fare is a range of summer cocktails, one for each of the seven Mediterranean countries. Go for the classic Olive with olive brine or simply try our favourite – the Athena. This gin, lime and sugar drink is made so very refreshing with the clever addition of fresh fennel sprigs.

Finally, the desserts. Nothing spells Indian summer like mangoes. The Summer Mango Cassata is sure to take you back to your childhood, albeit with fancy air-dried mango leather, spherefied bubble of mango coulis and a chilli relish served as a gel to break the monotony of flavour. But coffee lovers need not look any further than the Tiramisu. While the flavour is as classic as it can get, the presentation as a magnum bar, encased in an espresso and cocoa butter crust and served with coffee sorbet encapsulates all that this summer menu represents – classically delicious and beautifully presented.

Lunch: 12pm - 3.30pm
Dinner: 7.30pm - 12pm
Meal for two:
Lunch: INR 1500++
Dinner: INR 2200++
Address: One Style Mile, Haveli no. 6-8, Kalkadass Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi – 110030.
Phone no: 01129574444 / 3, 9810235472


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