Love Oliva Bistro Cafe? Then Check Out Their New Branch in Pasig City

Among all the food establishments that I've reviewed these past few years, what's fascinating is that each one always has a great story to tell. In the case of Oliva Bistro Cafe, how it was established is not just another love story.

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It was a story about Chef Kannan, who used to work as a chef in Singapore and his love for Denden Madridejos, who is an engineer by profession and now manages the restaurant with her husband. Oliva Bistro Cafe opened its doors at Visayas Avenue in Quezon City with a quaint cafe ambiance and offers international fusion dishes and specialties from Chef Kannan's Indian heritage.

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It's unfortunate for me not to know about Oliva Bistro Cafe at first, but thanks to a series of events in my current office, one of Denden's friends and coincidentally an officemate of mine came across my blog and asked if I can visit the place. In this review I visited their second branch, which is located at the Barrio Fiesta compound along Marcos Highway. This area, where an old but closed Barrio Fiesta branch still stands, was brought back to life ever since Oliva Bistro Cafe opened. 

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Oliva Bistro Cafe stands there looking like a hole-in-the-wall, with the advantage of a massive parking space within the compound. Inside, you can see a number of features about the restaurant from various publications.

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Another door inside the cafe led me to another room, which is perfect for corporate and party functions, complete with sound system and microphones.

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But don't be fooled, however, because when it comes to the food, you might be surprised that most of the dishes are very affordable yet wonderfully executed. See how extensive their menu is! And yest Denden mentioned that they already slashed out a number of items on their menu. The establishment boasts of a number of dishes from the East and West, the Mediterranean, Seafood specialties, pasta and beverages.

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I start off with this Indian Milk Tea, which is a first for me. It's a must order if you are a fan of milk tea, with with pleasurable bitter notes that's unlike any other that I've had so far. 

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The Cucumber Mint Cooler, on the other hand, is what JV ordered. You will never look at cucumbers the same way again when you try this drink. Plus, I love that they used fresh mint that is equally refreshing as well.

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The Roti Prata with Curry Sauce is as authentic and freshly made as it gets, especially the curry sauce. One should know that making a curry is actually quite complicated, as it makes use of a number of spices including curry spice. Then again, it was never complicated for me to just tear up a piece, dip it in the sauce and put it all into my mouth. Feel free to tell the servers if you prefer the sauce to be either mild or spicy.

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The Chef Wife's Salad is the Chef's sweet gesture of calling the dish after his wife, and this is packed with crisp salad greens, ripe mangoes, grapes, butter croutons, walnuts and chicken breast slices all tossed up in a yummy creamy dill dressing. And I am proud to say that I finished everything on this plate, thank you :)

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The Linguine with Seafood in Tomato Cream is how I like to have my pasta done: al dente, that's served with a red sauce which you would know is made with fresh tomatoes (which you can again, choose if you want it mild or spicy) mixed in with pieces of fish, squid and shrimp. Topped with olives, and shaves of parmesan, and served with some bread. It's simply delizioso!

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JV took advantage of my food allergy with chicken so he got one of Oliva's bestsellers, the Butter Chicken Masala, which is also one of the cafe's indian specialties. There is no question of how the masala has been made (considering that Chef Kannan is as legitimately indian as it gets) and it's wonderful to have that feeling like as if I am just visiting them at home trying their delicious food.

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The pasta and seafood madness did not stop until the Pasta Oliva came to our table, which is served with baked prawns topped with garlic cream and cheese that instantly turned out as a great accompaniment. Oh and may I just say that it is such a healthy and satisfying dish? It's olive oil based sauce so it's light on your palate, with sun dried tomatoes, garlics, olives, capers and parsley.  

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Me and JV are already full but managed to save some room for dessert with Oliva Bistro Cafe's Mini Cheesecakes, which was just launched recently. It comes in Salted Caramel, Strawberry and Blueberry, and for only P130.00, you can choose two flavors of their freshly made cheesecakes! The Strawberry looked stunning and is topped with fresh fruit, while the Salted Caramel turned out to be JV's favorite.

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With everything that you can find at Oliva Bistro Cafe, one thing is for sure: it is where you can find the best comfort food in an international level, and all of these are readily available within your budget. It's a perfect place to hang out or celebrate with friends and family, so don't forget to stop by at Oliva Bistro Cafe soon!

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*This post was written by the writer's own thoughts about Oliva Bistro Cafe, Special thanks to my officemate Ron M. for recommending this to me. Cheers!

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