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These Mini Burgers at Olivia & Co. Are Three Times the Fun

Go on a culinary adventure at this new restaurant.

Olivia & Co.
2/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday) and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday to Saturday)

 

 


 

(SPOT.ph) If only traveling the world is as easy as packing a suitcase and boarding the next available flight. But of course, there’s money to be saved and paperwork to be done before you start on this ultimate life goal. Until then, you can take a culinary adventure at Olivia & Co. which offers dishes inspired by the world’s biggest cities.

 


 

 


 

You’ll want to finally go on that trip when you hang out here. It’s hard not to feel bitten by the travel bug as you take in the model airplanes hanging from the ceiling, murals of cityscapes, pin-up posters, framed postcards, and knickknacks that show off this resto’s Singaporean roots.

 

Their name is inspired by a traveler from the 17th Century: Olivia Mariamne Devenish, the wife of Thomas Stamford Raffles, who founded colonial Singapore. “Olivia was a lady who loved food. She was a traveler, [and] she always made trips to other countries, to Spain, to the USA, and [much] more. She always searched for food and brought them back to Singapore,” shares owner Jack Wang. “So when we heard this story we thought it was very interesting. And we thought, 'Why don't we use this story and make it our brand?' We wanted this restaurant to reflect her story.”

 

In the same way Olivia opened Singapore to different cuisines, Jack also hopes to serve the best of what the world has to offer through Olivia & Co.'s food. “You stay here and you get to experience different countries through our food,” he shares.

 

 

Olivia Sliders Board

 

There’s no better example than the Olivia Sliders Board (P435). An order of this will get you three different mini burgers. There’s the classic American beef burger, with a juicy patty, lettuce, and tomatoes. The Asian-inspired pork belly slider has tender pulled pork slathered in a tangy barbecue sauce, with sauerkraut to add a flavorful punch. But it’s the crisp soft-shell crab in between brioche buns that makes the soft-shell crab slider a winner of this board, with the crab just lightly seasoned to let its fresh mild sweetness shine through.

 

Tokyo Wings

 

Olivia and Co.’s chicken wings also take inspiration from some of the world’s major cities. The Tokyo Wings (P275/seven pieces, P440/12 pieces) is a crowd-pleaser, with a sticky sweet-savory glaze—perfect then, that it comes in shareable servings.

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Kimchi Pasta

 

The Kimchi Pasta (P365) is a fresh take on a Korean classic. Each forkful of pasta explodes with the distinct sour-spiciness of kimchi, with crispy chunks of pancetta providing a welcome kick of salty and savory flavor.

 

Fisherman Squid Ink Pasta

 

Fans of squid will enjoy the bold flavor of the Fisherman Squid Ink Pasta (P325). The sauce is also slightly lemony which complements the fresh shrimp, squid, and mussels well, and the whisper of heat that comes at the end of each bite is a pleasant surprise.

 

Snorlax Waffles

 

In this Instagram-savvy world, we’re sure you’re going to snap photos of the pretty Snorlax Waffles (P185) first before eating it up. Pretty apt that it’s named after Snorlax, too—you’ll feel as content as the Pokemon after having this heap of buttery waffles topped with berry compote, honey, sliced bananas, bacon bits, and a scoop of ice cream. It’s fruity and decadent—until you get that salty crunch from bacon that levels up each bite.

 

Olivia & Co. plays around with flavors from around the world, often going ways you never quite expect. It all makes for fun surprises for you and your palate, and what is an adventure without those?

 

Photos by Majoy Siason

 

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