Tonight I get to cross off another place off my "to-eat" list and I'm glad I did so. Hubby and I finally made our way to Cafe Oliv for a supper bite (late dinner rather). They are open til midnight but I don't think they get that much business after dinner hours. We were the only customers there at 10pm and they seemed surprised to even see us walk in.
Still, the place looked cheery to us and service was extra attentive. We had starters of the famed salted egg coated soft-shell crab as well as cheese wedges. Both were fried piping hot and crisp. The crab was delicious! It was a party of savoury, umami and seafood flavours. Went very well with the flavoured mayo that came with it. I think some of the salted egg went inside the shell though (but not a bad thing). By the way, the orange juliennes you see are not carrot but deep-fried sweet potato. Interesting touch.
These were fine - just your usual wedges. However, I did wonder how come potatoes cost more than crabs for the starters.
This was the highlight of the evening. Very yummy ribs atop flavourful mash. The meat was soft, sweet and fell away easily enough from the bones. Parts of it were charred and caramelised til crispy (they grill it just before serving, for that effect). I'm not sure if they actually do import this special cut of ribs from Germany, which includes soft bones at the end but my hopes for cartilage were more than met. There was probably more soft bones than meat - you could literally pull out complete soft bones from the ribs - wonderful for me, as I'm a soft bone fanatic! So in addition to my proteins, I think I satisfied at least two days' worth of calcium! Half slab for S$15.90; Full slab for S$25.90 (I'm going the whole hog next time).
The other main dish we shared was the tenderloin. Nice, tender chunk of meat but there was something in the marinade or seasoning that tasted odd...maybe some herb or spice. Too creative? Sigh...really good beef doesn't need seasoning more than salt and pepper. The ribs were much better.
Wash all that greasy grub down with some pure fruit juice! They carry this range of Mountain Fresh Fruit Juices that aren't made from concentrate, have no added sugar or water, no preservatives, no artificial flavours or colours. Oh, in addition to coffees, teas, juices, they have a variety of beers, wines and even champagne!
Well, all in all, a really good place I wouldn't mind coming back to. Good food, cosy ambiance, nice soft chairs and pleasant service. There's also no service charge or GST.
220 East Coast Road