St Leonards hidden treasure..
Tucked away in the business district of St Leonards, is an amazing restaurant | bar with fantastic food for an incredible affordable price. With a Mediterranean inspiration, quality of the food was brilliant and the menu selection was delicious that the boy and I cannot wait to go back.
When first entering the restaurant on a Friday night, the sounds of a soothing live band is what is needed to begin the weekend. The live band created an atmosphere that hardly any restaurants have these days and someone what lack in terms of creating a casual relaxing mood where customers could enjoy their meal, with a glass of wine and the company of their lovers and friends. If your ever stuck on thinking of where to eat, Olio is perfect for any occasion with food that will make any stomach very happy
Sourdough bread with balsamic vinegar & olive oil
I love starting my meals with bread especially when the bread is fresh, soft with crunchy crusts
Crispy pork – seared scallops, fennel, rocket and ruby grapefruit
Fantastic way to start the night as the dish was refreshing and light. The crispy pork was soo soft and tender which easily pulled apart from the fork and melted in your mouth. The seared scallops were big and grilled to perfection while the greens were incredibly fresh! What I loved about this dish was the flavours of the grapefruit when combined. Definitely worked wonders in my mouth.
Salmon & dill fish cake with radish and watercress salad with a side of lemon aioli
The boy’s favourite fish is salmon and he could not say no to anything salmon on the menu. Previously we had something similar to this at Cafe Sopra, Waterloo and personally I liked Olio’s much more. Lightly crumbed and the filling was really tasty. Portion is very generous in size and absolutely delicious. Very much loved by the both of us!
Olio Mediterranean seafood stew – fish, prawn, scallop, mussels, octopus, tomato, fennel, potato, saffron and grilled sourdough bread
Due to the cold winter nights, having a phenomenally tasty stew is what everyone needs this winter. The seafood pieces were fresh, scallops were big, prawn was huge and the seafood flavours were soooooo good I cleaned-up my plate. I loved the flavours in the stew which made it pleasurable when dipping the pieces of grilled sourdough. The poatoes were soft which absorbed a lot of the flavour making it brilliant. I loved this stew so much i’m still thinking about it as I write it up.
Duck & orange cognac sausages house made – duy puy lentils, cabbage and pancetta
Oh my goddddddd!!!! First bite made me wanna break out and sing Usher’s song – OMG!!!! I’ve never had duck sausages before and my god these sausages are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I’m aware duck can have an extremely strong taste and in my head i pictured these sausages to be really intense but boy was I wrong. Duck sausages were soo tasty thanks to the orange cognac and the lentils worked brilliantly when combined. Overall a must get dish.. It really is a fantastic dish!
one of the rarest & finest coffees available
Kopi Luwak is a rich smooth coffee with an earthy, syrupy texture and a hint of cocoa undertones. The Asian Palm civet is responsible for the effects of this unique coffee. The tree-climbing civet prowls the coffee plantations at night picking and consuming the finest and best ripe coffee cherries. These pass through the civet undigested with the fleshy coating removed. The beans are hand picked and carefully washed and cleansed before being processed in the normal fashion to make the highly selected top grade coffee.
kopi luwak – with petite fours
At first I thought they handed us vodka shots with our coffee. Instead of vodka, its actually soda water with lime. Your meant to drink it first as it washes down any previous flavours from previous foods followed by downing the espresso shot then munching on the petite fours. I admit i’m no guru when it comes to espresso shots but I do love my coffee so yes I did enjoy this. After the shot, a bitter after taste lingers in your mouth until you take a nibble of the petite fours. Perfect way to end the night!!! Definite must try and remember its a “RARE” coffee which makes it special from the rest.
Vanilla creme brulee
Mesmerised by the size of it I knew i was in brulee heaven. The custard was rich and creamy and what I admired was the beautiful black specs of fresh vanilla bean throughout the creamy custard. The crisp toffee was perfect. Not too sweet nor overpowering like some can be. Loved it!!
chocolate fondant – poached pear and brandy anglaise
Rich chocolate fondant with gooey center. Poached pear worked brilliantly with the dark chocolate creating a good balance. The brandy anglaise wasn’t too sweet and very light and smooth in texture. Definitely a dessert for all chocolate lovers and one where it will easily satisfy an individual.
* pigged-out dined as a guest of Olio Restaurant
Olio Restaurant | Bar
201-205 Pacific Hwy,
St Leonards NSW 2065
Phone: (02) 9439 8988
Fax: (02) 9439 5966