Olive Vine is currently into its fourth year of operations, with their three restaurants located at Marina Square (Basement 1, Marina Link), Suntec City Mall (3rd level, Sky Garden) and 470 North Bridge Road (opposite Bugis Junction). Their range of pasta dishes, Western and Local Fusion food is highly commended and recently, they received the Singapore Brand Awards, based on industry recognition and affirmation of their food quality and professional standards.
Olive Vine Pasta Fusion
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Olive Vine Pasta Fusion serves some of the cheapest pastas that you can find out there. It is perfect for any Western food lover on a budget. In fact, I even prefer eating at Olive Vine Pasta Fusion than Mad Jack - it is definitely much more worth it. You can expect to spend slightly over $10 for a full meal.
Olive Vine's seafood fettucine is delicious, and I have yet to find a place that can cook such amazing fettucine. I love it so much that I always have to order that whenever I visit Olive Vine; a visit to Olive Vine without eating the seafood fettucine feels incomplete. It is very creamy, which is how I like it, but might be too overwhelming for some people, so I only recommend it if you love cheese as much as I do (which is a lot).
I chanced upon Olive Vine Pasta Fusion accidentally as I did not remember seeing this cafe at marina square. I tried their set meal which consists of a soup, main course, desserts and drinks. The soup they served that day was creamy mushroom soup which was creamy yet not over the top, with crunchy mushroom bits. For the main course, I had a Non-Spicy Spaghetti Arrabiatta - Chicken which was surprisingly good! For that price I paid, I did not expect such great food! The extremely generous portion of chicken bits were soft and not too fatty. When I say extremely generous, I mean REALLY generous. The chicken meat was as much as the spaghetti! I am not kidding!
I left the cafe with an extremely satisfied tummy and I would definitely head back there to try out their other pastas!
I visited the now closed branch opposite Bugis Junction. They sell pastas and western food like different types of chicken chops, fish and fried nibblets. Also, they sell some local delights.
When you come to this sort of place, one would not be recommended to order local delights as western joints are not specialised in chinese food. However, we order the Chicken curry with rice which was a pleasant surprise. This was one of the western joints which did their local delights well too.
The curry wasn't overly coconut-y, and wasn't too spicy either, it was a delight to eat with the fluffy white rice. One thing though, I saw that the curry was placed in individual plastic containers and then heated up in the microwave for serving, this really gave me some doubts about the source of the curry.
Overall, this is a rather reasonable place to have your western fix when you have a craving, but don't expect restaurant standards.
Olive Vine is a place of first dates.
It's situated on the highest floor of Suntec and it overlooks all the levels below and I guess it counts for some sort of a view? It's also really cosy and comfy so plus points for the ambiance! Now we shall come down to the food.
Their soup is pretty decent. I had cream of chicken that day and I remember thinking I'd love to have seconds and quickly snatching my ex boyfriend's share over. I ordered an iced tea so, it can do no wrong!
My main course was fish and chips while my ex boyfriend's was chicken linguine. I disliked my meal and switched it over but I didn't like the linguine too so I ended up pouting and demanding to eat at subway after. Stay off those 2 choices.
Dessert was pretty okay, the cake was decent but nothing I'd try again. Overall it's worth a first visit but not worth a second effort.
Come here for the ambiance!
The place is pretty crowded and small. You have to order at the cashier by yourself while squeezing past everyone else. There is a pretty wide variety of food to choose from. Of course, they are well known for their olive rice which my friend said was not too bad; I did not try it though.
I had western - chicken cutlet, deluxe set. If you order a set meal, it comes with a drink and is $2 more on top of your main dish. Deluxe set includes a drink, a soup and a dessert. It costs $4 more. The chicken cutlet is pretty small but they give plenty of fries. The fries really makes you stuff, but i would prefer to taste more of my main dish. The chicken was not too bad though. The dessert was chocolate fudge cake and that wasn't too bad either.
My friend ordered beef ribs and it did not come until everyone of us finished our meal. We had asked them a few times for the order but it just does not come. They were apologetic about at last, and asked us to write our feedback on a small slip of paper. I don't think the feedback will reach anyone though.
Whenever I’m at cityhall and want to have a reasonably priced meal, Olive vine is the place that I will go. Prices are reasonable and the unpretentious food is adequately tasty and well-portioned for a quick meal. If you are feeling particularly hungry, I suggest getting the set meal which includes a drink, soup of the day and dessert, definitely value for your money, though it may be a bit too much for ladies. One of my favorite mains is the Non-Spicy Chicken Spaghetti Arrabiatta, the Arrabiatta sauce tastes great with the tender chicken. Though some of my friends have claimed that the sauce seemed to be too strong, I feel that it’s just right. I guess if you want something light, this is not for you.
Another dish that I want to mention is their mushroom soup bowl! This dish comes in a round, toasted bread shaped like a coconut with, thick creamy mushroom soup inside. The top of the bread bowl is served as garlic bread which you can choose to dip into the soup or eat it on its own. The soup itself is served with huge, fat chunks of bread croutons. The mushroom soup is obviously cooked from scratch because it tasted very creamy, thick and not too salty. However, beware because a simple mushroom bowl is more than enough to fill you up!