REVIEW: Olive Bistro Mediterranean Café, Brookhaven, DeKalb
As a food critic, I love surprises! Such was the delight I experienced at Olive Bistro Mediterranean Café for lunch this past week. I will confess, dear readers, I am not an exotic foodie but I do consider myself adventurous at times. Most of the time, I do not travel far outside of my comfort zone but this was one of those days I was challenging myself and I am SO glad that I did.
I ordered as blindly as I had entered – I spotted a “business lunch” that included your choice of chicken or gyro meat, rice and lentils, with a salad and tea for $8. My co-worker ordered the chicken and I went with the gyro meat. I waited, thinking I really wasn’t going to enjoy the food, but I fell in love at first bite!
The gyro meat was so tender and full of flavor – it was just fantastic! The rice and lentils were seasoned and prepared so nicely it was impossible not to enjoy them. The other thing that struck me, and this one is one of my pet peeves, is the food was served steaming hot! The salad was a wonderful mix of greens topped with huge, fresh chunks of diced cucumbers and tomatoes. What’s not to love? I thought this meal was over-the-top!
I have to admit, Olive Bistro Mediterranean Café changed my whole thought process of Mediterranean food. I walked away just wishing it was closer to my office so we could go everyday! Guten appetit!