Olivetto: Two thumbs up for classic European cuisine

Published: April 8, 2011
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Located right next to the Russian Consulate, Karachi in a relatively peaceful neighborhood is a uniquely pleasant eatery called Olivetto.

It offers authentic Italian and French cuisine made to perfection and complemented by equally delicious side orders. Tucked away from the city traffic, the restaurant is divided into two main areas – the main restaurant which can house around 50 people and an attached coffee lounge with a seating capacity of around 25.

There’s a separate function hall in the basement which is reserved for ceremonies.

The exterior of this aesthetically built restaurant speaks volumes for the kind of hospitality we should be expecting. To our surprise, we were greeted warmly by an English lady Amanda, who’s working as the manager and offered to be our hostess for the night.

Our picks of the night were grilled fish in provencal sauce and stuffed baked chicken with creamy spicy sauce. Both the entrees justified the price tag that came along. Fish was properly marinated, literally melted in the mouth, grilled to perfection and served with boiled veggies and rice.

Baked chicken was equally delicious and filling served with a heavenly creamy sauce. We ordered their famous shakanjabeen (lemonade) which came with mint and ice which served as a perfect rejuvenator in these hot summers.

Last on our list were their famous bread pudding and crème brulee as our dessert finale. Bread pudding was pure ecstasy while brulee was done with pure French precision.

I’d give full marks for the presentation and finesse while the serving size of the entrée requires a bit more quantity. Otherwise, Olivetto is a genuine European treat with a fusion of vintage architecture, California shutters, romantic ambience, great hospitality and a stimulating experience for connoisseurs of good food.

Arsalan Faruqi

Arsalan Faruqi

An entrepreneur with a degree in computer engineering and an MBA from IBA Karachi. He tweets as @arsalanfaruqi (twitter.com/arsalanfaruqi)

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