Eating out / London

The Olive Tree, Loughton, Essex

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).

The Olive Tree, Loughton, EssexWe 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!

The Olive Tree, Loughton, EssexIt 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!

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