Ole Restaurant, Shop B12, Little Stanley Street, South Brisbane, QLD 4101, Ph: 0738461201Date of Review: 1 September 2012
Being a beautiful Saturday morning and after hearing rave reviews about Ole, I decided to head there myself. Although the breakfast menu finishes at 11am, there were plenty of other delicious dishes to tempt me. Ole has a distinctively Mediterranean feel about it - from the music of a guitar in the background to the warm and inviting decor.
After letting the waitress know I was gluten-free, a whole separate dietary requirements menu was provided. Every dish on the menu was listed, along with categories defining it as vego/vegan/gluten-free/lactose-free. The list offered wine advice and notes as to how large the servings were. Perfect! I started with a traditional sangria followed by sombrasada y vieras - soft cured pork and paprika sausage, Queensland scallops and pork crackling at $17. Unfortunately, there was no pork crackling, but I was still given an additional scallop instead, which suited me fine! The presentation was beautiful and the taste of the scallops with sausage -devine! It was listed in the more substantial meal section, but it was definitely more tapas-style than substantial. To compensate, I ordered a tapas afterwards. I chose the tortilla espanole - potato tortilla (think gratin), roasted capsicum with tomato and rocket ($11.50). This was arguably more substantial, but equally, if not more so, delicious.
The staff were very attentive and friendly, as well as being extremely knowledgeable about the menu.
The food was priced on the higher end of the scale. Despite this, I was very confident it was indeed gluten-free and it was so delicious, I didn't mind too much paying a bit more.
Exceptionally clean - although like most of the other Grey Street restaurants - there are no bathroom facilities.
TOTAL SCORE: 45/50 or 90%