Olive Bistro – with its rustic hide away has always been a place where life slows down around good food and unforgettable experiences. Recently, when I was invited for the launch of Olive Bistro’s latest offering “Bistro Lunch Box” I was curious on how the Mediterranean & European influenced menu would fit into this concept. All my apprehensions were put to rest when I saw the menu – A smart format of three simple steps:
Step 1) Choice of Cuisine:
From Mediterranean flavors to European Influence, the choice of cuisine includes North Africa – spiced orange & tomato sauce with chickpeas & saffron rice, Greece – feta & oregano gravy with braised lentils, dill & olive oil pilaf, Spain – sofrito mix of tomatoes, oregano & bell peppers with roasted garlic rice and Portugal – fresh herbs & black eyed peas with deep flavors of piri piri and green pea rice.
Step 2) Choice of Protein:
From lean meats to beans, the choices included marinated cottage cheese, wild mushrooms, fried veggies, Grilled river sole, Prawns, Crisp Chicken, Beef Silvers & Braised Pork.
Step 3) Finish with a Topping:
From ubiquitous tomato salsa to the Greek Tzatziki and the flavorful Sorrel Pesto to the humble fried egg they had it all.
My Goan roots dominating my selection, I opted for Portugal box with marinated prawns as protein and a fried egg topped over it. The turquoise blue lunch box with a reminiscent of childhood reminded me of the school lunches where you’d eat straight from the box itself. The flavors of peri peri with green pea rice was super delicious and went well with the lemon zest & herb marinated prawns which in itself was perfect.
The box for sure would appeal to any healthy conscious plus rice loving person although I wished it included a small dessert as my meals are never complete without a dessert. The box is designed in a way to suffice only for a single person but if you’re a heavy eater then you may want to opt for another box.
All in all, the concept of Lunch Box is not new but Olive’s Bistro Lunch Box is innovative and ideally works for someone who want to go light and soak in the wonderland of vibrant colors, large airy windows and Med – inspired tiles.