A cosy little Southside bistro among grand tenements, with an extensive, seasonal menu offering eclectic and impressive food.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With fairy lights and gently flickering candles, Ollie’s is a cosy little nook among the grand tenements of Nithsdale Road. Scatter cushions and an array of home-baking may give the impression of a quaint tearoom; however, this little bistro has much more to offer. An extensive menu, which changes to reflect seasonal produce, offers eclectic, well-cooked food that is visually impressive. To start, spiced prawn tempura sees light, crisp batter working well with the acidity of the chilli and harissa dressing, or for the more traditional, haggis neeps and tatties is smooth and luxurious with peppercorn sauce. Mains include crab linguine – a generous bowl of pasta that is full of flashy chilli and citrus flavours, which compliments the shellfish fantastically, while an exotic pan-fried sea bass, resting elegantly on a colourful salad of papaya, beansprouts and mangetout, successfully combines hot and cold elements. To finish, a dark chocolate tart is deliciously rich, while the mousse brûlée is light and full of intoxicating coconut flavours. Excellent service solidifies Ollie’s standing as a neighbourhood dining favourite.
- High point: Imaginative menu and attentive staff
- Low point: Tables are a little too close together
- Notable dish: Sea bass with papaya, beansprouts and salted peanuts
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Very quiet MOR
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle