Some of the wall decorations at Olie’s Cafe. Image: Azrina Zin

Hidden amidst the sleepy Seria town lies a charming culinary gem with an invitingly cozy and warm atmosphere called Olie’s cafe.

The 30-seater eatery brings comfort food with an organic twist.

Whether you are on a ketogenic diet plan or just simply looking for a place to hang out and enjoy a sip of coffee, Olie’ s Cafe is the place for you.

The moment you step inside, you will be instantly captivated by the modern and calming shades of blue interior that takes its cue from the night sky and the aroma of freshly made espresso permeating the air.

Some of the wall decorations at Olie’s Cafe. Image: Azrina Zin

The location of the cafe is a peaceful refuge from the outdoor hustle-bustle with only the sound of Blues music playing softly in the background and customers enjoying a conversation over coffee.

From the colour scheme to the choice of furniture, Olie’s Cafe ia all about creating a relaxing and modern feel of an eatery.

If you look closely at their logo design over the counter, you will be able to see a birds eye view a cup of coffee with latte art that spells out “Olie”.

Beyond the modern aesthetics, the eatery also stands out as it aims to simplify healthy eating and support active lifestyles by offering wholesome, flavourful food.

The quaint little cafe is run by health enthusiast duo, Azrin Alus and Azim Moksin, who poured their love and dedication for healthy and hearty food.

(L-R) Founders of Olie’s Cafe, Azrin Alus and Azim Moksin. Image: Courtesy of Azrin.

According to Azrin, the name of the eatery comes from the Dutch word that means oil.

Azrin who has been residing in Kuala Belait for five years has always been fascinated by Seria’s historical background.

“We wanted to have something that tells a story of this Oil and Gas town (Seria), being the place where we establish Olie’s Cafe,” he explained.

Drawing inspiration from the growing health and fitness culture in the sultanate, the business partners noticed a lack of availability of local healthy options in Seria.

Guests savouring the sweet delights of Olie’s Cafe. Image: Azrina Zin

They added that sticking to a weight loss program or a healthy lifestyle can be a challenge.

“I don’t like the idea that every hangout at a cafe or a restaurant has to be on a “cheat day”,” said Azrin.

“That’s why we decided to open up Olie’s Cafe so people can hang out and enjoy the ambience at the same time indulge in some guilt-free food without exceeding their daily calorie limit.”

One of the staff preparing a drink for customers. Image: Azrina Zin

Food for the soul
The eatery takes pasta, nasi lemak and shakes to a healthy, guilt-free level with no sugar or MSG added, just using natural ingredients.

The cafe additionally offers plenty of mouth-watering choices to suit every palate, from homemade spiced farmer’s pumpkin soup to their hearty chicken curry with blue pea rice with sambal ijo.

In the mood for pasta? Try out their signature healthier version and low carb classic Aglio olio, where the pasta noodle is swapped for konjac or zucchini.

The scrumptious Low Carb Aglio Olio. Image: Azrina Zin

Made with fresh parsley, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes, the flavours are rich and well-spiced, creating the perfect blend of a classic Aglio Olio with a healthier twist.

A special dish that is also worth trying is their signature scrumptious Nasi Lemak Pandan.

The low carb version, replaces rice with cauliflower (caulirice) giving the dish a more natural sweetness which compliments the air fryer chicken that is delightfully juicy and full of flavour.

“We recreate dishes that would often be considered “unhealthy” or “sinful” and make them healthy and delicious,” Azrin said, adding that they would carefully select and experiment with keto-friendly ingredients that bring out the flavours.

One of the desserts available at Olie’s Cafe, the Keto Burnt Cheesecake. Image: Azrina Zin

If you want to indulge your sweet tooth without feeling guilt, Olie’s Cafe offers a wide variety of sweet treats that are sugar-free (or uses natural sugar) and gluten-free.

One of the most popular cakes among customers is the Keto Burnt Cheesecake and the Mango Chia Santan Cake — a refreshing compliment after a hearty meal.

Besides that, Olie’s Cafe also has a wide selection of coffee and tea worth sipping, from their Bulletproof Coffee — a velvety and rich coffee drink filled with healthy fats of butter and Medium-chain triglyceride oil (MCT oil) and their Butterfly Pea Flower Tea.

One of the highlighted drinks of Olie’s Cafe, the Bulletproof Coffee. Image: Azrina Zin.

Also notable is their Whole Avocado Milkshake filled with delicious creaminess of rich and fresh avocados.

This delightful drink has quickly become a customer favorite and is the perfect way to start your day.

When asked about future plans for the cafe, Azrin said that the duo are eyeing on adding more items to their menu to give customers more options and hinted at the possibility of expansion.

Olie’s Cafe is located at the first floor of Unit 2, Lot 10, Jalan Sultan Omar Ali, Seria.

The entrance of Olie’s cafe. Image: Azrina Zin

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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