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A new casual yet sophisticated Mediterranean option to experience
Fancy a casual dinner in the city with a Mediterranean flair ? We visited Todd English’s Olives, a brand new spot that ticks all the boxes.
Chef Todd is known for his restaurants in Las Vegas and Mexico City just opened his first eatery in Abu Dhabi which is located at the Venetian Village close to the Ritz Carlton Hotel Grand Canal.
Whether you are looking for a sophisticated and romantic dinner or something more casual and lively, the restaurant has you covered offering two rooms that match each of these moods.
We opted for the casual side that has an open kitchen. We instantly liked the vibe as you can see the cooks preparing the dishes and the ballet of waiters bringing these appetizing creations to the tables.
Comfortably installed on a dark orange leather sofa, we kept admiring the old-fashioned black and white cement tiles whilst browsing the menu composed with starters, homemade pasta, flatbreads, entrees, sides and desserts. Our first pick was the Olives mezze to share and it didn’t disappoint.
Marinated olives and different scoops of hummus (chickpea, lentil, carrot, eggplant) came along with freshly-baked flatbreads served on a wooden tray.
We then ordered one of the famous specialities-the wooden-baked flatbreads. The Shrimp Scampi flatbread was colorful and tasty-a mix of fresh ingredients we wouldn’t have thought of associating such as the cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beef chorizo and aged Manchego cheese.
The restaurant also carries a fig and bresaola flatbread with a rosemary crust served with gorgonzola.
If you are more into pasta, check their wide selection as they are homemade and there is even a dedicated room facing the entrance where the fresh and multicolored pasta are drying along the walls. Our ricotta ravioli prepared with tomato basil sauce, Italian veal sausage and bread crumbs was a nice pick (75 AED).
We couldn’t resist ordering the lobster mac and cheese as a side dish which were unfortunately a little too salty.
As we finally didn’t have room for a dessert, we promised to head back another time to try their Italian delicacies such as the Canoli, Tiramisu and Panna Cotta.
TODD ENGLISH OLIVES ABU DHABI
The Venetian Village
Tel : + 971 2 404 19 41
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