Why waste your money on 5 star hotel restaurants (like the disaster that is Blue Ginger @ the Taj) when you can have the near-perfect dining experience at Olive Beach?
Tucked away in a residential neighbourhood not far from the madding crowds of Richmond Rd, Olive Beach is a fine dining restaurant, though, as far as we could make out, less Meditteranean, than "new age" American. When there are things on the menu that most folks have trouble pronouncing, you know the place is either pretentious, or just plain good. Olive Beach is good. Not perfect, but good. Very good.
We ordered a cheese platter as an appetizer, couple of glasses of Merlot (an Indian one and a French, just to compare --- no prizes for guessng which won), and a wild mushroom soup to get started. The cheeses were good --- usual suspects, Brie, Camembert, Edam, and a couple of Italian ones which I wish I remember the names of. As a main course, I got a steak (yes - medium well was in fact, understood and well executed) , and a seared tuna. The tuna fell short ... no blood red insides, the way it's supposed to be, but pinkish in teh deepest areas, and sadly chewy on the outsides.
Dessert - a white chocolate parfait, was more than perfect, and made up for the tiny-tuna problems.
Service was good, what you would expect when you're shelling out 4 figures for a meal, but the waiter, while good natured, and polite, did not come across as super knowledgeable.
We heard that OB has a food sale on last Saturdays of every month - that might be a good place to pick up some specialty mushrooms, and wine!
We also read that they have a location in New Delhi with the Qutb Minar as the backdrop.