The Olive Tree in Loughton, Essex, is a little family-run spot I’ve had on my restaurant bucket list for a while now and last night Mr Q and I finally got a chance to check it out.
There’s always a fair bit of Twitter buzz every weekend from satisfied diners and I’ve been suffering severe FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).
We arrived early, ravenously hungry, having both skipped lunch; and although we walked into an empty restaurant, we were greeted warmly by Manos and left to chatter over a glass of wine and delicious warm bread with olive tapenade while we perused the menu.
The Olive Tree Menu covers a broad range of Mediterranean-style food, from the Greek souvlaki to the Italian risotto. At first we were a little put off by the prices (some dishes were inching towards £30.00), but once our meals were delivered from the kitchen any such worries had disappeared; the servings were huge!
It wasn’t all about quantity though, the quality was even better. The Kleftico Lamb (£17.95) I chose was falling from the shank bone and fragrant with oregano and lemon, and Mr Q’s Makoronia me Thalasina seafood spaghetti (£14.65) was packed full of plump scallops, mussels and prawns.
I’m no wine buff, but the pinot grigio by the glass was a nice crisp wine that didn’t interfere too much with the flavour of the food.
Too full for dessert, we left without sampling the homemade Tiramisu (£5.25), but there’s always next time!