I had wondered what was going to be built in this old building located on King William Street. Electra house has been renovated to give three levels of dining and function space. On the ground floor is a beer garden and bar where it is great for a few drinks and nibbles. First level is the restaurant, Olea and the top floor is a function area which consists of two separate function rooms. Olea has been advertised as a world class fine dining restaurant. The decor was casual, very clean and they used of a lot of earthy colours. It was modern. The chairs were definitely very comfortable. We were welcomed by a friendly girl who introduced us to the menu. The menu focuses on traditional Greek cuisine, with emphasis on wood grilled dishes. We also had a friendly sommelier whom was very knowledgeable in explaining the wines to us.
As I settled down and looked around, I noticed there were a lot of little olive plants around the restaurant, hence the name 'Olea', it means olives.
A lot of plates are designed to share. To begin, we had picked the eggplant melitzanosalata as the dip with pita and koulouri. The bread was nice and warm and the dip was just amazing. Eggplant throughout, we finished the pita bread quickly and the waiter replaced them in no time.
Next we tried the haloumi with fill pastry, spinach, pine nuts and raisins.
The highlight of the night was the seafood platter, chargrilled octopus which was lovely and tender. Prawns which were marinated and cooked well. Calamari which was slightly fried, it was crunchy outside and soft inside. It was served with an ancient grain salad on the side.
The village salad was a great accompaniment, local cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, olives topped with a big square piece of feta. Salad is no greek without the feta cheese. I could definitely taste the freshness of these ingredients.
My favourite Greek dessert at all times is the loukoumades. These ones were not doughy. It was caramelised with white chocolate. I loved the honey and pistachio nuts sprinkled on top. It was delicious!
The cheesecake appeared like a tart, it consisted of fennel seeds with poached figs on top.
To finish our meal, we also had the Greek coffee which took a long time to arrive at our table. We thought they almost forgot our coffee, I guess they needed to boil the coffee and then let it settle before it is served.
I loved the menus hanging on the wall at the entrance of the restaurant. The service was exemplary which is a rare commodity in Adelaide. Great fresh food, good atmosphere, and friendly staff. These are reasons that will make you want to go back.
Visit Olea - 131 King William Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 - (08) 7123 4055