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Discover the Culinary Delights of Olivia Restaurant & Lounge: Best Spanish Dining in Singapore 2023?


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Brian Kennett

Amateur Chef and Traveling Foodie Extraordinaire

Olivia Restaurant and Lounge: will transport you to Spain. Shut your eyes, open slowly and say goodbye to Singapore

Olivia Restaurant and Lounge: Are you ready for an unforgettable culinary adventure that will transport your taste buds straight to the vibrant streets of Barcelona? Look no further than Olivia Restaurant and Lounge, a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Singapore’s bustling cityscape.

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Experience the essence of Mediterranean soul and elevated homestyle cooking in a chic and inviting setting.

Picture this: a warm Mediterranean breeze (with a Singaporean accent) gently caresses your skin as you step into Olivia, where the spirit of Catalonia comes alive through every dish served. This isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill restaurant; it’s an oasis of flavour, style, and hospitality that promises to leave you craving for more. My Wifey and I sat there and felt very special: the staff are exceptional, the ambiance sublime, and the food is out-of-the-park. Just prepare yourself for the $$$ haha.

olivia restaurant and lounge interior

If you’re searching for an exceptional dining experience that transports you to the vibrant streets of Barcelona, look no further than Olivia Restaurant & Lounge. Nestled in the heart of Singapore, this culinary gem has been making waves in the gastronomic scene, offering a delectable fusion of Catalan and Mediterranean cuisines. Owned and passionately run by the acclaimed and award-winning chef, Alain Devahive, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge has become a haven for food enthusiasts seeking innovative and authentic Spanish cuisine.

At Olivia, they’ve mastered the art of meticulous preparation, offering you an authentic Spanish dining experience like no other. A new menu hit the tables in May 2023, with incredible dishes to tantalise your taste buds. First up they slap your senses with the Spherical Olives, then you simply must-try the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio (up there with the best I have ever eaten), The Jamon is 48-month-old and is to die for, especially with some of their tomate bread. The Jamon Croquettes are exceptional, and then to the mains and the White Pyrenees Lamb Rack. Oh my goodness gracious me.

Oh, did we mention the heavenly Creamy Homemade Cheesecake? It’s like biting into a cheese cloud with distinct savoury flavours of blue cheese and a lingering creaminess that will make your taste buds dance with delight.

Wash that down with a Strawberry Margarita or their palate cleansing citrus spirits with flamed rosemary.

But it’s not just the food and drink that makes Olivia Restaurant and Lounge shine; it’s the inviting atmosphere that embraces you like an old friend. Cool, chic, and rustic elements blend seamlessly, creating the perfect ambiance for enjoying good food and making cherished memories. The friendly and attentive staff, led by the ever-charming Saroj, ensure your dining experience is nothing short of exceptional.

Hungry for more? Join the crew at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge and embark on a culinary journey that will leave you enchanted, satisfied, and eager to return for more mouthwatering adventures. 

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A Culinary Journey through Olivia Restaurant and Lounge Menu

Olivia Restaurant and Lounge beckons you with its thoughtfully crafted menu, designed to captivate diverse taste palates and cater to various dietary preferences. As you explore the extensive a la carte menu, you’ll find an array of appetizers, two main course lists, and an exquisite three-course suggestion.

Additionally, if you visit during brunch hours, a set brunch menu awaits you, featuring appetizers, a selection of main dishes, Sunday specials, and delectable desserts. Enhance your dining experience by opting for free-flowing champagne or wine, and savour the essence of Spanish and French wines from their impressive collection.

olivia restaurant and lounge spherical olives

Spherical Olives 

Given to us free as a welcome dish. A tribute to El Bulli’s molecular gastronomy magic. This really caught me off guard as I just wasn’t sure what to expect. Spherification is uber-cool by anyone’s standards, but these bad boys took it up a level. The flavour explosion you get when you pop this in your mouth is incredible. It literally explodes a flavour bomb in your mouth. Top drawer!!!

olivia restaurant and lounge padron peppers

Padron Peppers

@ $21++

olivia restaurant and lounge 48 month jamon

Iberico Belota Ham

@ $52++

Some of the very best Jamon I have ever eaten. We took the advice of Saroj and had it with the toasted sourdough and tomate. It’s killer. You can taste Acorns (basically what the pigs are fed on) through the meat. Exceptionally good quality, and aged for 48 months. It’s WOW!!!

olivia restaurant and lounge octopus with pork belly

Octopus Crispy Pork Belly, Potato Puree

@ $39++

This is a beauty. Wifey still awards the coveted position of best pulpo in Singapore to Lavo up the top of Marina Bay Sands. But this was a cracker. I tried the pork belly and it was stellar, and the mash puree was just out there. So smoky, and the perfect kick of paprika. 

olivia restaurant and lounge wagyu beef carpaccio

Wagyu Beef, Foie Gras Carpaccio with Truffle Dressing

@ $42++

This was my absolute favourite today. What an insanely good carpaccio this dish is. This should be THE must-try dish on the menu. Wagyu beef thinly sliced, candied fruits, foie gras (almost like perfume over the Wagyu beef), and then black truffle oil. I tell you Chef is a genius for creating this. The best Carpaccioo I have ever eaten in my 55 years. Off-the-charts-good!!!

olivia restaurant and lounge lamb rack

White Pyrenees Lamb Rack

@ $94++

Then this bad boy rocks up. Low and slow to medium-rare lamb racks. A beautiful lamb dish. Crusted with baked parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs, so flavour and crunch. All that is truly wonderful for the 1st few bites, but then ENSURE you wipe your lamb in that glowing green liquor on the plate – that’s a life-change right there folks. Fresh herbs, citrus, and oil: but add that to the unctuous lamb and angels start a singing. 

olivia restaurant and lounge cheesecake

Olivia’s Creamy Homemade Cheesecake

@ $15++ : but the restaurant kindly donated this to us for free.

Best cheesecake ever. It’s just sublime. I could taste like the creamiest Burratta cheese, but then some sourness that’s perhaps some blue cheese in there. I can’t call it. Suffice it to say though, this has to be on your menu choice. Decadence on a plate. And I don’t do desserts… But for this, I’ll make an exception.

Highlights of Olivia Restaurant and Lounge Culinary Offerings

Chef Alain Devahive takes classic Spanish dishes to new heights, infusing them with his culinary expertise and flair. Standout must-try dishes include the tantalizing Spherical Olives, which delightfully burst with an intense olive essence on your tongue. The Jamon Iberico de Belotta, a delicacy showcasing the finest Iberico ham, is a testament to Olivia’s dedication to premium-quality ingredients. Seafood lovers will relish the Lobster-Avocado roll, and meat aficionados will be in heaven with the succulent Tenderloin Steak Tartare topped with smoked caviar.

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Experiencing Olivia's Ambience

Olivia Restaurant & Lounge stands out from the crowd of Singaporean eateries for several reasons. Firstly, its chef, Alain Devahive, boasts an impressive culinary journey, having spent a decade at elBulli’s food research laboratory, ellBullitaller, renowned for its three Michelin stars. His expertise and passion shine through in every dish, elevating them to a level of gastronomic artistry.

Secondly, Olivia offers a unique selection of off-menu items for those adventurous foodies seeking culinary surprises beyond the regular offerings. These experimental dishes, curated by the chef himself, promise to delight and surprise your taste buds.

Unveiling the Prices of the Culinary Treasures

Olivia Restaurant & Lounge’s menu provides an exceptional range of dishes that cater to various budgets. The starters are affordably priced from $1.5 to $22, while the main courses offer an exquisite range from $23 to $98. For those with a sweet tooth, desserts are priced between $15 to $36, allowing you to end your meal on a delightful note.

The wine enthusiasts will also be thrilled with the extensive wine selection, featuring glasses starting from S$19 and bottles from S$110. Cocktails, for those who fancy them, start at S$25, rounding off a comprehensive selection of delightful libations.

Let’s be straight, it is not cheap here. This would be $$$ on the price-o-meter. We were just two of us, and the bill reach a whopping $455 all in. But, the food, the crew and how the place makes you feel so relaxed made that more than worth it. It’s just wonderful.

olivia restaurant and lounge family dining area

Olivia Restaurant and Lounge is recognized by the Spanish Embassy as one of the Global restaurants that use Spanish produce from wine to oils, fish, meat, and so on. Because of that, they get the prestigious ICEX award and the status of a Restaurant of Spain.

ICEX Best Spanish Restaurants in Singapore

What does Olivia Restaurant and Lounge have to say about itself?

Named after the chef's daughter, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge is a dynamic restaurant and cocktail bar for every occasion – whether it's a solo counter top lunch, an evening dinner or a long weekend group brunch. Multi-award-winning chef and co-founder, Alain Devahive has over a decade of experience in Michelin starred restaurants, including the unrivalled elBulli Restaurant, and held coveted roles as Executive Chef for Catalunya Hong Kong and Singapore. Alain is the commanding force behind the kitchen at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge. Olivia Restaurant & Lounge is designed by the renowned, Barcelona based, Lázaro Rosa-Violán, with music curated by in house DJ Null, to take diners seamlessly from day to night.

Our Conclusions of Olivia Restaurant and Lounge

Olivia Restaurant and Lounge is not just another dining establishment; it’s an extraordinary haven for food enthusiasts seeking the epitome of Spanish gastronomy in Singapore. Chef Alain Devahive’s culinary artistry, combined with the restaurant’s warm ambiance and impressive menu, makes Olivia an unforgettable dining destination.

Whether you’re looking to indulge in Spanish classics elevated to new heights or explore experimental off-menu delights, Olivia offers a feast for your senses. Embark on a culinary journey to Barcelona without leaving Singapore, and savour the flavours of Catalan and Mediterranean cuisines at their finest. Book your table now at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge for an unparalleled dining experience that will linger in your heart long after the last bite.

Next up for us is the whole family to come back, because my Jude has to try that Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. I’ll come back early evening too so we can sit outside and Al Fresco it with DJ Null’s eclectic tunes wafting through the warm evening air, as we drink and dine. Magical experience number two coming to a blog near you soon.

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What's the address and contact details of Olivia Restaurant and Lounge?

Telephone: 6221 0522

What are the opening hours of Olivia Restaurant and Lounge?

Saturday 12–2:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm
Sunday 12–2:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday 12–2:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm
Wednesday 12–2:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm
Thursday 12–2:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm
Friday 12–2:30 pm, 6–10:30 pm

People Also Asked about Olivia Restaurant and Lounge

What is the story behind the name “Olivia” for the restaurant? 

Olivia Restaurant & Lounge holds a heartwarming tale behind its name. Unlike the time when the name “Olivia” was controversial in Spain, the restaurant’s name is an ode to Chef Alain Devahive’s daughter, symbolizing “peace” and “fraternity.” It represents love, family, diversity, and inclusion – values that come together harmoniously in this culinary haven. 

How does the ambience at Olivia set the mood for a delightful dining experience

Step into Olivia, and you’ll be whisked away to a bright and open Mediterranean home. The interiors, thoughtfully curated by Barcelona-based design firm Lázaro Rosa-Violán, evoke the feeling of being by the seaside. Whether you visit during the day or night, the warm and welcoming atmosphere, along with the open kitchen as the centrepiece, creates a perfect setting for memorable gatherings with friends, family, or loved ones.

You immediately chill when you sit here. I must also come back and try that outside seating, perhaps for an early evening to have DJ Null at the decks to.

What are the must-try dishes at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge?

Olivia’s menu is a treasure trove of delectable tapas and shared plates. Indulge in the visual and gastronomic appeal of the “spherical olive,” a tribute to El Bulli’s molecular gastronomy magic. Sample the punchy Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, tender slices of acorn-fed ham that melt in your mouth. And make sure you try that White Pyrenees Lamb Rack. Punchy at $100, but some of the best lamb you will ever eat, trust me.

What sets Olivia Restaurant & Lounge apart from other dining spots in Singapore

Olivia’s uniqueness lies in its embodiment of Mediterranean soul, coupled with a commitment to elevated homestyle cooking. Led by Chef Alain Devahive, who honed his culinary expertise at Michelin-starred restaurants, including the legendary El Bulli, the restaurant seamlessly blends family culture and international sensibilities. 

Does Olivia Restaurant & Lounge offer outdoor seating?

Yes! Olivia Restaurant and Lounge’s ambience extends outdoors with a welcoming and breezy rooftop setting, where you can savour your culinary journey amidst a delightful atmosphere.

Are there gluten-free options available at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge?

While specific gluten-free options are not listed, Olivia does offer a diverse menu, and the team is accommodating to dietary preferences and restrictions. Don’t hesitate to inquire about gluten-free dishes during your visit to indulge in the delectable flavours worry-free. 

How can I make a reservation at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge in Singapore?

To secure your spot at Olivia Restaurant and Lounge, you can make a reservation by visiting their official website or contacting them directly. A delightful culinary experience awaits you, so book now to avoid missing out on this Mediterranean culinary journey! Easiest thought is just CLICK HERE!

Does Olivia Restaurant & Lounge offer delivery or takeout services?

Yes, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge understands the convenience of takeout and offers this service for patrons to enjoy their delicious dishes in the comfort of their own homes. Indulge in the flavours of Spain without leaving your doorstep! 

What forms of payment are accepted at Olivia Restaurant & Lounge?

Olivia Restaurant & Lounge accepts credit cards, making it easy and hassle-free to settle your bill after savouring their delightful dishes and warm hospitality. 

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