You know one of my favorite things in life is Brunch. Yes, Brunch with a capital “B” because it’s just that important. I’ve eaten at several brunch spots in Austin, and I’m always looking for other incredible places to try with friends or family. I asked several co-workers for a brunch recommendation and they emphatically agreed I should try Olivia.
Being the A-type personality that I am, I looked up the brunch menu online to check it out. First thing listed: 2 farm eggs any style with bacon or sausage and frites. Typical. But what’s this? Three choices of Eggs Benedict? Promising. Then I saw it: Chai French Toast. Done.
I almost stopped reading the menu right there as I clamored for my phone to make a reservation. But my hungry eyes wandered further down the page, landing on the piece de resistance: Shrimp & Gouda Grits. “Sweet Jesus, where is my phone?!” screamed my inner foodie. Finally, I gained my composure enough to call Olivia and make a Sunday reservation.
Now, the reservation wasn’t just for me- it was my sweetie’s birthday on Saturday and we decided to make a weekend of it. I hoped that Olivia would be a wonderful birthday brunch spot and it did not disappoint. I ordered the Eggs Florentine while Jay ordered the “MACDADDY” (crispy pork belly, miso chili glaze, cilantro, green onion, scrambled eggs, english muffin, frites) and Chai French Toast for us to share.
The chai was bold but not overpowering in the generous portions of French Toast, and while I didn’t care for the Asian pears, the almond whipped cream was divine. The Eggs Florentine was also wonderful: eggs perfectly poached and dressed with rich hollandaise and delicate slivers of smoked shoulder bacon. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being phenomenal, we’d give Olivia an ecstatic 8-9. We will definitely be taking our parents and friends there when they visit Austin! If you have a special occasion coming up (like Austin Restaurant Week benefitting Meals on Wheels Sept. 30-Oct. 3), or just want to try out some place very special, Olivia is for you.