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Oliva Italian Restaurant

BeerEuropeanItalianPizzaWesternWine

Tue - Sun: 10:00 - 22:00

+65 62912297
$28 based on 16 submissions
After Work (7 votes), Dinner (6 votes), Lunch (6 votes)
Antonius Howard

Hidden Gem

Found this restaurant from Lady Iron Chef, whom rated it as Hidden Gem in the East. And it truly is! Situated in the midst of the popular Arab St, the restaurant was not full even on Sat night. Wary as we might, me and my partner proceeded anyway since we had a reservation. The restaurant ambience is surprisingly nice, with candles and warm lighting, perfect for a romantic dinner. However they opened the door to the street so at times, it could be a little noisy. We ordered Sunny Side Up pasta and Lamb Shank, with salmon bruschetta as an appetiser. I am a cream pasta lover, and the Sunny Side Up has a stunningly unique blend of saltier carbonara and creamier alfredo. It was tremendous and I fell in love with it. My partner, on the other hand, love tomato-based dish, and instantly fell in love with the generous portion of Lamb shanks that is served with a more herb-ish version of bolognaise sauce. Overall, this restaurant is my new favorite in haji lane.They have a few wine selection and desserts which I have not tried. Will definitely return.

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05 Jul 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Hidden Gem

Found this restaurant from Lady Iron Chef, whom rated it as Hidden Gem in the East. And it truly is! Situated in the midst of the popular Arab St, the restaurant was not full even on Sat night. Wary as we might, me and my partner proceeded anyway since we had a reservation. The restaurant ambience is surprisingly nice, with candles and warm lighting, perfect for a romantic dinner. However they opened the door to the street so at times, it could be a little noisy. We ordered Sunny Side Up pasta and Lamb Shank, with salmon bruschetta as an appetiser. I am a cream pasta lover, and the Sunny Side Up has a stunningly unique blend of saltier carbonara and creamier alfredo. It was tremendous and I fell in love with it. My partner, on the other hand, love tomato-based dish, and instantly fell in love with the generous portion of Lamb shanks that is served with a more herb-ish version of bolognaise sauce. Overall, this restaurant is my new favorite in haji lane.They have a few wine selection and desserts which I have not tried. Will definitely return.
Lamb Shanks
05 Jul 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Hidden Gem

Found this restaurant from Lady Iron Chef, whom rated it as Hidden Gem in the East. And it truly is! Situated in the midst of the popular Arab St, the restaurant was not full even on Sat night. Wary as we might, me and my partner proceeded anyway since we had a reservation. The restaurant ambience is surprisingly nice, with candles and warm lighting, perfect for a romantic dinner. However they opened the door to the street so at times, it could be a little noisy. We ordered Sunny Side Up pasta and Lamb Shank, with salmon bruschetta as an appetiser. I am a cream pasta lover, and the Sunny Side Up has a stunningly unique blend of saltier carbonara and creamier alfredo. It was tremendous and I fell in love with it. My partner, on the other hand, love tomato-based dish, and instantly fell in love with the generous portion of Lamb shanks that is served with a more herb-ish version of bolognaise sauce. Overall, this restaurant is my new favorite in haji lane.They have a few wine selection and desserts which I have not tried. Will definitely return.
Bruscheta
29 Apr 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Good value

I had the Lambshank Provenzale as it was on "today's special" at 50% off. It was good.I also tried the Mamas Pesto which my colleague ordered. For a meatless pasta, it was really flavourful. The Bruschetas were good too. The ice-cream that came with the Flourless Chocolate Cake was 1 of the best I've ever tasted! So creamy but light. The Flourless Chocolate Cake was overshadowed by it. Service was a bit slow though. If you are in a hurry 
27 Jun 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower

Gorgeous Italian Restaurant

Oliva caught my eyes when pass by at Arab Street. Gorgeous interior and nice chairs. Delicious pasta especially must try their Oliva Signature Pasta. Staffs are friendly.
18 May 2013 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Worst ever restaurant experience

I feel compelled to write this review as this is the worst restaurant experience I ever had. When I made the reservation I was told that there is only a table in the outdoor area available. When we arrived, we sat at the table that was reserved for us. The next moment, the guy at the next table started smoking and the wind blew the smoke right into our face. This happened for quite a while as he smoked 2 sticks of cigarettes consecutively. I asked the waitress if she could move us to a table indoor and she said that they were all reserved. However we noticed that there was an empty table for 2 and my husband talked to the waitress and she allowed us to move there. After ordering the food we waited quite a while for the starter. After finishing the starter, my husband's food came after a while. I kept waiting for my food and it did not arrive even after he had finished his. We asked the waitress whether my food was coming and she did not seem to check with the kitchen. Another half an hour passed. By then we were already in the restaurant for about an hour and my food was still not served. There was a couple who took the outdoor table that we vacated, and their food came before mine though we came much earlier!?!? This was the last straw. We questioned the waitress and she said that the kitchen probably mixed up the order papers!?!? That's not a valid reason!! After a while my food came but I had lost my appetite. We had originally wanted to order some dessert but didn't in the end as it was such a bad experience.