Olivia Restaurant & Lounge
The Keong Saik Road stretch has been undergoing a bit of a revamp lately, with cool new hotspots like Gaston and Pasta Bar taking up space next to long-time local favorites such as Tong Ah Eating House and Kok Sen Restaurant.
Next in line on the new opening list: Olivia Restaurant & Lounge. More than just another Mediterranean eatery, the brand is co-founded by Alain Devahive, who takes charge of the kitchen armed with experience in Michelin-starred names, including Spain’s now-closed El Bulli, once touted as the world’s best.
Named after the chef’s daughter, the concept spotlights its open kitchen, where diners can watch all the behind-the-scenes bustle involved in creating flavors inspired by Barcelona. Like most contemporary restaurants these days, the menu blends traditional Mediterranean cuisine with modern renditions of familiar classics.
Adding to the ambience, the rustic vibes of Olivia come together with exposed brick and handmade ceramics on the walls, plus sculptures and pots from Barcelona brightening up the place. Its countertop seats take casual diners, while the booths make space for couples on a date, and bigger groups of friends can huddle together at one of the wooden tables for a chill weekend brunch.