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Olives Pakistani Cuisine

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published December 1st 2021
Recently opened, Olives Pakistani Cuisine on Main North Road in Blair Athol specialises in Pakistani cuisine. Service was quite efficient, our dishes not taking long to arrive after we have placed our order.

Although the pieces of chicken in the Chicken Biryani had bones, it was an easy task to separate the flesh from the bones. The flesh of the chicken was juicy and the rice had a light and fluffy texture. Enough spices were used in both the chicken and rice to give them a flavour that you would expect from a good Biryani.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Chicken Biryani, Adelaide
Chicken Biryani (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The stir-fried okra in the Bindi Masala still retained a bit of bite while having a bit of a charred flavour. The curry gravy the okra was cooked imparted a delectable spicy taste.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Bindi Masala, Adelaide
Bindi Masala (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The chunks of chicken in the Chicken Tikka Boti were juicy and tender and the bread we chose to accompany the dish was light and airy. Also served with the dish was a salad, yoghurt and chilli dipping sauce.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Chicken Tikka Boti, Adelaide
Chicken Tikka Boti (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Chicken Tikka Boti, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Chicken Tikka Boti, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Another of the kebab dishes available, the Lamb Tikka Boti, had a firmer texture compared to the Chicken Boti but it was still tender. It also had quite a pronounced spiced flavour. For those concerned about lamby flavour, it was hardly there.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Lamb Tikka Boti, Adelaide
Lamb Tikka Boti (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Much like the chicken in the Chicken Biryani, the flesh of the chicken in the Olives Charcoal Chicken was easy to separate from the bones. It also had a lovely flavour from the spices and was grilled sufficiently to give it a good char. Instead of bread, we chose to have the chicken accompanied with rice which had some pomegranate seeds mixed in for a bit of sweetness.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Olives Charcoal Chicken, Adelaide
Olives Charcoal Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The chunks of chicken in the Chicken Handi were tender enough to be cut with a spoon and of a size to make eating the dish a satisfying experience. The tomato-based gravy the chicken was cooked in had a potent spicy kick but it should still be suitable for most tastes.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Chicken Handi, Adelaide
Chicken Handi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


For a curry option that is not as spicy, there is the Eggplant Masala. The eggplant was soft while still retaining some firmness and imparted the dish with a delectable smoky flavour. The spiciness of the gravy is ideal for those not used to spicy foods and was tempered by the topping of yogurt sauce.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Eggplant Masala, Adelaide
Eggplant Masala (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


A dish that is beginning to become common at restaurants offering similar cuisine, the Samosa Chaat, had pieces of samosa that were fried to a golden brown. The filling packed a good amount of heat. Extra texture was provided by chickpeas and the yogurt and chutney mixture tied everything together.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Samosa Chaat, Adelaide
Samosa Chaat (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The décor of the restaurant gave it a clean and comfortable feel. Off-street parking is conveniently located behind the restaurant.

Olives Pakistani Cuisine, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: 12pm – 12am
Phone: 08 7079 9138
Where: 440 Main North Road, Blair Athol, SA
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