My hubby and I recently went to Jasper for a snowshoeing weekend. We worked up quite an appetite outdoors all day and so were hoping to find a good warm, stick-to-your-ribs meal and Olive Bistro certainly did not disappoint.
On a Saturday night, after striking out at both Evil Dave's and Syrah's, both with no tables available until late, we came across Olive, conveniently tucked beside the Bear Paw Bakery (from where we picked up obligatory coffees and raspberry white chocolate scones earlier in the day). The friendly hostess gave us a seat by the window and, while not filled to capacity, the restaurant still provided people-watching and a reasonable amount of background noise to make the evening interesting but not unbearably loud.
Hubby had a lager to start and then helped me finish my 1/2L pinot noir. We were treated to warm breads and herbed butter to start as we perused the Mediterranean menu. Lots of varied items, but the menu still made sense and didn't seem thrown together at all, like many restaurants seem to do.
We shared the charcuterie board to start and for $18, the amount and quality of food was great. 3 or 4 different cheeses, lovely crackers, crisps, and thins, prosciutto rolled into roses (very pretty display), spicy genoa, pepperoni, apple slices, mission figs, and red pepper jelly. A very nice start to the meal.
We normally choose different entrees, but the coq au vin sounded so tempting to us both, two orders arrived shortly after our appetizer. The chicken was fall off the bone tender and coated in a delicious, perfectly flavoured mushroom wine sauce, atop potato gratin and season veggies. The portion was huge and only $24. I wish we hadn't arrived so hungry because we scarfed down our plates, not saving room for dessert. :(
A very nice meal and great way to end the day, this restaurant which I understand is still relatively new to Jasper is well worth a visit. :) We'll be back!!