Todd English’s Olives

This past week was a splurge week. Because it was restaurant week. There are so many good deals to be found if you look carefully that is. Some of the offerings aren’t much different from the regular price menus! I had been to Olives once before with Adelaide and James when they were in town, and I was impressed then. I went back for their three course meal and was impressed again. Olives is in the Bellagio, overlooking the fountains. The view from the patio was definitely one of the things that made the meal awesome.

Fountain View

Fountain View

I had three courses:

Cantaloupe Soup – Toasted Almonds, Minted Creme Fraiche
Grilled Skirt Steak – Italian Sausage Mash, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Pinot Noir Reduction, Watercress Insalata
Seasonal Sorbet – Mixed Berries

Forgot to take a picture of the soup, but I haven’t become a fan of chilled soups until this year. It was really light and fruity, and part of me wonders why they insist on calling these things soups instead of juices. One of life’s many mysteries I suppose. I should also add that the olive tapenades that accompany the bread as a snack are one of my favorite things about the meal.

Olive- Main Course

The steak was great. I generally don’t like ordering steaks in restaurants, but decided to give it a try, and wasn’t disappointed. I’m not a huge fan of brussel sprouts or watercress either, but everything was really well done. Especially the Italian Sausage Mash.

Olive - Sorbet Trio

The desert was pineapple, mixed berry, and mango sorbets along with mixed berries. The pineapple didn’t measure up to the other two, but all were great. The berries were slightly frozen though, I’m assuming from being next to the sorbets. All in all, it was a fantastic meal, all for less than $40 (including tax and tip, no drinks).

Rating- 5/5 The only bad things I could say about this place are incredibly nitpciky.
Price range – Pricey – $20 entrees. But a steal for restaurant week.
Location – Strip
Recommendation – Definitely worth going to check out if you have the budget. And worth saving up for once in a while if you don’t.

 

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