Story and Photos by Julie Unger
One of the most popular items at Oli’s Fashion Cuisine in Wellington is its signature dish, Lobster Tacos.
Co-owner and Executive Chef Dustin Parfitt said that the dish is made with fresh Maine lobster, flown in live to the restaurant. When Florida lobster is in season, that is offered, as well.
Large pieces of lobster meat are cooked to perfection and sit nestled within a set of tacos filled with citrus quinoa, avocado, cilantro lime slaw and aja aioli.
“They’ve gone over really well,” Parfitt said. “On Tuesday nights, we have half-priced appetizers at Oli’s, so you can come try them for half the price.”
The poached Maine lobster is complimented by its accompaniments.
“We’ve always done mini tacos here,” Parfitt said. “There are four renditions of them, and they all have a different sauce and different ingredients. They’re fun.”
It’s a fun and special meal that pairs well with Oli’s other taco offerings — Tuna Tacos, Skirt Steak Tacos and Blackened Chicken Tacos — all of which are happy hour items.
People come in and order them all, Parfitt said, mixing and matching to get a unique blend of flavors.
Oli’s offers a fashionable, modern atmosphere with something for everyone. This month marks the sixth anniversary of the popular restaurant, named in honor of the community’s namesake, C. Oliver Wellington.
Eating at Oli’s is an experience, from the artwork along the walls, the chandeliers casting dancing shadows from the ceilings, the equestrian elements and the elegant bar.
“This was the first restaurant of many,” Parfitt said.
Parfitt’s company also operates the Grill Fashion Cuisine, the Seahorse Fashion Cuisine, White Horse Fashion Cuisine and Oli’s Oasis, their newly remodeled food truck at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
Parfitt is working on a new menu for Oli’s Oasis, implementing healthy, organic foods, such as an on-the-go salads and other grab-and-go foods. “Whenever there’s a show, it’s open. If there are people out there practicing and doing things, it’s open,” he said.
Oli’s Fashion Cuisine offers an amazing brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a wide range of cuisines, from southern to Italian to traditional. There are benedicts, omelets, tapas, waffles, huevos rancheros, French toast, pancakes and more, all served up with Oli’s signature flair.
“We have homemade pancakes, a great French toast, a homemade biscuit benedict with poached egg and a southern-style sausage gravy,” Parfitt said.
Lunch offerings include savory treats like the Beer Cheese Soup, the taco offerings, specialty salads and flatbreads, along with sandwiches, gluten-free seafood dishes, Linguini & Clams, Fettuccini Bolognese and more. Later, for dinner, specialties include Short Rib Pappardelle, Cast Iron Filet Mignon, the Veal Chop, Bouillabaisse, and house specialties such as Chicken Saltimbocca and Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli.
After 4:30 p.m., a special four-course chef’s menu is available. The menu has grown since Parfitt first created it. Menu favorites remain, creating a sense of consistency, while special selections are offered and integrated. Italian, Latin and Asian influences can be seen in the menu.
“The food makes Oli’s special,” Parfitt said. “It’s unique. We have something for everybody here. Our staff is amazing, really friendly and attentive. There is a cool vibe in here, with the white table cloths, the clean décor and the equestrian pictures in the back.”
Photographs in the back of the restaurant are for sale, he pointed out.
Granite countertops, wooden accents and chandeliers all give notes of equestrian elegance to the atmosphere at Oli’s. Craft beers, wines and specialty drinks are available at the bar, which offers happy hour specials.
Oli’s is available for catering and special events, and offers takeout, as well as delivery through Delivery Dudes. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; and opens for brunch at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, closing at 11 p.m.
Oli’s Fashion Cuisine is located at 10610 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Suite 20, in Wellington Green Square. For more info., call (561) 792-2220 or visit www.olisfashioncuisine.com.