Restaurant Name: Olive House
Phone: (765) 743-5649
Cuisine: Mediterranean & Middle Eastern
Review: As someone who went to a different educational institution that Purdue, I’m fairly unfamiliar with the campus and have an overwhelming fear of running over a student crossing the street, so I tend to stay away. However, in my quest for new dining experiences, I noticed a little corner restaurant called Olive House. I put that on my list and today we made our way over there to dine.
It’s a small restaurant situated directly across from the Noodles and Company. It’s quaint and lovely, with small seating areas clustered together, and a few of the tables backed up to benches on the wall with fluffy pillows. The menu was fairly extensive, and I didn’t know what hardly anything was. Sure, you know gyro, hummus, and pita but then it gets a little out there.
We opted to start with some hummus and pitas. Now, I’m no stranger to hummus, only mine comes out of a plastic container I get at Kroger. But this hummus – it was Good. And I needed to capitalize the ‘G’. Yummy. I ordered the Chicken Biryani, which is an Indian dish made of chicken with basmati rice. I actually didn’t know it was Indian until it arrived. It came with a salad, and they have several different salads to choose from so I chose the Yogurt salad. Basically cucumbers swimming in yogurt sauce. It was delicious, as was the chicken biryani.
My husband ordered the combo kebab, which was several meat choices grilled and served with rice and some vegetables, although he chose the Arabic salad. He devoured both, and raved about how good it was. I did try the Arabic salad and found it very tasty. He also ordered a Turkish coffee that was good.
Overall, I was pretty impressed. The service was fine, although it got a bit slower as the restaurant filled up. My dish was spicy, and I kept running out of water but that could be just because I’m a light weight. If you like diverse food choices, I say head over.
Kid friendly: Yes. The menu included chicken nuggets and grilled cheese for kids and they did have high chairs. However, the restaurant was small and not exactly the setting I would feel comfortable bringing small kids in.
Methods of payment: Cash or credit.
Price Range: Between $9 and $13 for entreés.