It was at Snubnose’s suggestion that we all collectively moved our lazy butts off the couch and headed out to dinner on Mother’s Day. If it weren’t for her, honestly I don’t think we’d do anything at all. And I am so grateful to her for this particular one because we had a great time at dinner.
We decided to go utterly posh with our dinner plans and booked a table at Olive Beach. The place is famous for its Sunday brunch but we skipped that and decided dinner would suit us better.
We go a lot more fancy in restaurants these days because Snubnose is turning out to be quite a foodie willing to experiment and looking to try new things. It’s fun to see her enjoy all the different flavors without any wasting or whining.
Here’s what we ordered, We went completely vegetarian so that everything could be shared easily
- Roasted pumpkin soup with vegetables shared between K and Snubnose
- A plate of crostini for the rest of us to have along with drinks
- Spaghetti with Amatriciana sauce for us all keeping Piglet’s spaghetti obsession in mind
- Roasted pumpkin and sage ravioli
- Spinach and goat cheese pizza
- And Tiramisu for dessert
Phew, it sounds like we really pigged out, and though we did, it’s not as bad as it sounds. The portions were for the most part single serving portions and we left the restaurant feeling satisfied but not uncomfortably stuffed.
Here are some photos of the food
Piglet dug into the complimentary bread plate taking care of the bread sticks, and a big bun. He even went for the olives but I put a stop to that worrying he would choke on them.
I didn’t get any shots of the spaghetti or the tiramisu because I was too occupied feeding Piglet who jumped to attention the moment the spaghetti came to the table.
The food was uniformly top class – I especially loved the pumpkin soup and ravioli. I am not a huge fan of pumpkin in cuisines other than Indian but both these dishes were very good and not too sweet. I was a bit taken aback by the spiciness of the spaghetti, which was drizzled in chili flakes, but since Piglet enjoyed it very much (he loves his spice), I let him have at it.
Snubnose enjoyed everything she ate interspersing every bite with a lovely it is comment. It was so nice to see her clear her plate.
After dinner we sat lounging around for some time chit-chatting and watching the IPL match on TV. The ambience in the restaurant is awesome, it’s just perfect for relaxing. I am generally a little uncomfortable in fancy restaurants – usually the chairs are too straight-backed or low-set, the lighting is sometimes too dim, and they are not kid-friendly in general. However, Olive Beach was perfect. The sofas and chairs were perfectly comfortable, the overall decor very welcoming, and apart from the fact that they don’t have a child seat, everything else was very kid-friendly and safe.
I loved the table decorations and would have taken a snap but we quickly had to remove the flower arrangements as Piglet spilled the water from it, and then we had to move the glasses to one side of the table. In short order, forks and napkins went tumbling to the ground, but I have to say our waitress was very patient and kind over all of this. You can see how empty Piglet’s side of the table was in the photos below 😀 .
The one decor item that I liked and could photograph is the sofa upholstery. I love the combo of the stripe settee with the prints on those pillows. It’s something I am going to keep in mind when we plan our terrace garden.
I wore this new dress that I had blogged about here. This wasn’t a dress that I had intended to get at all. On paper, it’s all wrong for me. It’s got a sort of halter tie-neck at the back, which is rarely flattering on me, and I hardly ever wear dresses anyway. However, I gave into the impulse and it was totally worth it. I’ve worn this dress twice already. I wore it without a cover-up for a day at the pool while I was in Chennai and with a cover-up for this dinner to make it look more formal, and I love how it looks both ways.
The halter tie with a huge bow at the back that I was so unsure of is actually the prettiest thing about the dress and much sturdier than it looks. Totally happy with this buy, I know I am going to wear it a lot.
Once in a while, it’s good to try something different stylistically speaking 🙂 . I would have felt even better had I attempted heels but that was a bit too much to brave with the frisky Piglet around.
Overall, it was a great dinner at Olive Beach. The restaurant definitely lived up to its fame, and even though the food is pricey, I think it was well worth it. In fact, some of the more exotic meat dishes were actually pretty reasonably priced and I think non-vegetarians will get a much bigger bang for their buck than we did.
Such a great time!