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Wake up and smell the coffee. And maybe gulp it down too. If coffee leads all your conversations about food, then Olive Bar & Kitchen has you covered. This atmospheric restaurant, boasting of soothing white walls, a white pebbled courtyard and tables laid out under the sprawling canopy of a banyan tree, has launched Coffeeology, a coffee festival (on from 6th April till 16th April), that will help you savour a gaggle of Arabica-based dishes, cold brews, cocktails and more.
The caffeine-themed festival is a joint endeavour of Olive Bar & Kitchen and Sleepy Owl Coffee, a brand whose forte lies in something called the Cold Brew Coffee. Cold Brew, in simple terms, is 100 percent Arabica coffee that is sourced directly from a farm in Karnataka, brewed in cold water for over 20 hours to extract the flavours of the bean over a prolonged period.
Obviously, there is much more to the coffee scene at the Olive Qutub other than your favourite brew. So, feast your way through an Arabica-based menu that is off to a flying start with Mushroom Cappuccino Soup with a hint of coffee and Parmesan Espuma And Brioche.
The restaurant ups its game with appetisers like the Burrata Heart that is served with coffee and balsamic granita, heirloom tomatoes and hazelnuts. The mains are a paean to the bean too, and feature Coffee Braised Parsnips with Millet in Mascarpone, Almond Crumble and Charred Romaine, for the roots and shoots brigade while the carnivores can nibble on Belgian Pork Belly with a Coffee Glaze that comes with bountiful accompaniments like Pork Skin Cracker, Bacon and Pear Marmalade.
Desserts designed for the caffeine head are also a texture slugfest. The Affagato Sundae is an extravagant creation where coffee jelly, ice cream and more compete for the top spot on your palate. Also, squeezing into the dessert inventory is Coffee Waffles that is paired with mascarpone mousse, coffee ice cream and honeycomb. For those craving bite-sized desserts, there is Mignardise that offers you a choice of macaroons, coffee ganache and vanilla infused coffee nectar.
If you have stayed with the coffee theme so far, be assured that thirst-quenchers are served at the festival play along with the bean too. Assorted cold brews and cocktails are part of the drinks menu which promises a heady buzz. The Smooth Black is pure coffee but eschews the bitter aftertaste of your morning staple. Then there is the mildly sweet Iced Coffee with milk, Classic Vietnamese Coffee and even a Mocha Cold Brew with deep cocoa notes. The Tipple Talk at Olive Qutub revolves around coffee based cocktails such as Cold Brew Fashion (a concoction of Rye whiskey, brown sugar, cold brew and bitters), Cold Brew Libre (dark rum, cold brew, cola and lime and a potent Cold Brew Gin Tonic (gin, tonic and cold brew).
So, do not be caffeine-starved this summer. Instead, sample the bean in all its glorious avatars and earn bragging rights too.
Susmita Saha is a Delhi-based Features Writer. She has worked as an Assistant Editor at India Today and The Telegraph and writes on arts and culture, films, travel, food, architecture, design and various other lifestyle subjects. She has seriously itchy feet and plans to tick the world off her bucket list, one burger at a time.