Wonderful smells were drifting out of the restaurant, which is what ultimately lured us in. We sat in the back garden, which was so peaceful and pleasant, and for appetizers, ordered the Lentil Soup ($3). It literally tasted and looked exactly like yellow Gujarati daal. Thin, and maybe missing the scattering of small black mustard seeds, but otherwise, seemed to be a simple toovar dal recipe: toovar (yellow split peas), salt, and a little garlic, onion, turmeric, and cumin seeds. The dish’s similarity to Indian dal shouldn’t be incredibly surprising, since Olive Vine is a Middle Eastern restaurant, but I was still pretty astonished, since the “lentil soup” I usually have out is thick and dark brown.
We then ordered the Olive Vine Pizza ($8) to share. I wanted it because it was topped with fried garlic and onions (!) in addition to the zucchini, eggplant, sauce, and mozzarella…. But while the pizza was good, I thought it definitely could have used more garlic and onions. It was missing that zest.
Olive Vine is on 54 7th Avenue, in Park Slope, Brooklyn.