It is always a delight to dine at the Olive Bar & Kitchen, Mahalaxmi. Even more so, because it reinvents itself each year, by having a new pop up. First it was the lip-smacking Greek food with Thalassa and the vivacious owner-chef Mariketty Grana and now it is Guppy by Ai, with Japanese fusion cuisine from a popular Delhi based Olive brand restaurant. What particularly appeals to me is how the entire decor is changed and the place transforms itself according to the cuisine being served. Kudos!
There was an exhaustive a la carte menu and a drinks menu, but we decided to skip that and settle for the fixed menu. Less confusing and it offered a great deal of variety too. I opted for a Miso soup( can never resist that) and it was flavourful. as always. Comforting and gentle on the palate. The Mushroom suimono- clear soup with mushrooms was equally delightful. The vegetarian sushi always surprises me and it did here too. It was well rolled, filled to perfection and boasted of authentic flavours. The wasabi, horseradish and soya completed the experience. The non vegetarian sushi of the day was with tuna and was lip-smacking of course.
But what took me by surprise was the salad. Perked my taste buds instantly. The tangy flavour and crunchy texture were married perfectly. Full marks here. The service was prompt, the ambience, vibrant, yet relaxing.
Flat udon noodles with mushrooms and chicken arrived next. The fragrant garlic sticky rice enticed me from the bowl itself. My jumbo prawns and the chicken teriyaki complimented these as if they were made for each other. We relished each morsel. A plethora of flavours burst open in our mouth, yet, not overpowering. The prawns were fresh and succulent and the crispy layer on the chicken, imparted an interesting texture to the dish. We were satiated.
The dessert platter with teeny-weeny cakes, was a tad disappointing. Bite sized to the extent that the flavours were non existent on the palate. Maybe serving one or two items, but of a bigger size maybe a better idea? The herbal green tea to round off such a delicious meal, made us feel less guilty. A good inclusion in the menu.
Tapping your feet to the lively music, enjoying your food and the ambience is all a part of being at Guppy pop up. It is a dining pleasure, you will not want to miss. So make the most of it while it is there.