Olivia Restaurant Review: Good but Pricey Spanish Food at Keong Saik

This is our second Olivia Restaurant review. Our first visit to the stylish Spanish restaurant in Keong Saik was in 2019 when it first opened. We returned in 2021 to this popular Spanish restaurant to try more items from the menu.

Olivia Restaurant Review 2021
Olivia Restaurant Review

The decor of the Olivia Restaurant is done in a contemporary and timeless style. It still looked fresh and new after two years. The open kitchen is the heart of the place. It is flanked on three sides by the U-shaped dining area.

Olivia Restaurant Review 2021
Olivia Restaurant Review

Olivia Restaurant Wine Menu

There is a good range of wines in the Olivia Restaurant wine list. They start from around $90 a bottle and are mostly in the $100plus range. As one would expect in a Spanish restaurant, Spanish wines are prominent in the list. Here are pictures of some sample portions of the Olivia wine list.


Being unfamiliar with Spanish wines generally, we decided to go for the tried and tested safety of a German riesling. Like a familiar face in a room of strangers, the $90++ 2019 Fritz Haag was a fresh light wine which we were thought would go well with the wide range of food we were having that day.

Olivia Food Menu

Here are pictures of some portions of the food menu. We decided on a mixed selections from different parts of the menu.

Olivia Restaurant Review: Our Lunch

Here is a bird’s eye view of the starters that we had that day: ham croquettes ($14 for 2 pieces), bread with tomato ($14), roasted eggplant with miso ($14) and lobster avocado roll ($34). They were all plonked onto our table at the same time very soon after our orders were taken. We would have preferred a slower, staggered pace of food.

All the starters were nice. The one item that stood out was the lobster avocado roll (picture below). It was a sausage sized roll topped with pretty flowers and fish eggs. Lobster dishes always taste luxurious and this was no exception. The lobster meat in the roll was enhanced by the pops of flavours from the salmon roe and caviar.

Our main course was suckling pig ($88). There was a choice of shoulders or belly. We chose the former as the belly part sounded too fatty. The shoulder turned out as we expected – the front leg of the pig. It must have been very young, judging from the size of the little trotter. It was sous vide in advance amd roasted after the order was taken. The result was a very tender piece of pork with a light and very crisp skin. This was the best suckling pig I have eaten in recent memory. The pieces of grilled pineapple provided some contrast from the oiliness of the dish.

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs   4 tops

Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
55 Keong Saik Road
#01-03
Singapore 089158

Chope Reservations
Online Reservation for Olivia

Opening Hours:
Tue-Thu: 12-2:30pm (Last Order: 2:15pm), 6-10pm (Last Order: 9:45pm)
Fri-Sat: 12-2:30pm (Last Order: 2:15pm), 6 till late (Last Order: 10:15pm)
Operation Lines: Tues to Sat, 10am–6pm
Closed Sunday & Monday


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Food is about making an interaction with ingredients. If you talk to them, they will always tell you a story. – Jose Andres
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