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“Too good not to return, often! ”

The Olive Restaurant
Ranked #3,615 of 24,829 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Absolutely 1st Class, Must Be Included!
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Located right opposite the tube station in Leytonstone, the recently refurbished Olive is a solid value in the restaurant front of E11. This is the kind of place that you end up going back to time and again, despite plenty of other choices around.

Classic Turkish cooking with succulent grilled meats, seared to perfection in the open kitchen are the main fare here. But boy, is it finger licking good. All grilled meats are served with rice and salad.

I’d recommend the mixed meat grill which comes with a mezze platter that is the perfect size starter to share. The lamb ribs and cutlets are my favourites.

Portions are very generous and prices reasonable. Count on around £45-50 per couple with a shared starter, 2 mains and wine. Don’t bother with puddings.

Service is attentive and very friendly. The owner welcomes you like a family member.

Highly recommended.

1  Thank Sabine B
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

This is my second visit, for a birthday celebration.

The food was lovely and fresh. The wine was good. Generous portions were served by pleasant staff.

Thanks for a nice evening.

1  Thank Donna J
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Whilst the Calamari we had for starters was fine, we ordered two lots of the Olive special mixed grill and when it came out it was all overcooked. The ribs had literally no meat on them, they were bone and a small amount of overcooked fat, the lamb cubes were dry and the majority of the meat we were given was in the form of chicken wings, which were again over cooked. I would firstly expect a nice mixture of meat from a mixed grill and it not be swayed heavily to the cheaper cuts and also that it come out juicy and well cooked. When we mentioned it was over cooked to one of the waitresses she said they cook it like that so people don't send it back for being under. Why not just cook it properly so it's tender? We did get offered another set of chicken wings but they came out 20 mins after when we'd already asked for the bill and got ready to leave. Very disappointed over all.

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1  Thank belinda_lj
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

A very friendly atmosphere, they cook fresh at once, portions are really big, clean, and what's more important, having a kitchen in the room with tables lacks the smell of roasted ones, a tiramisu was brought to the compliment of the restaurant, LOL (Maybe i paid for it, but I forgot to look in the bill )

2  Thank Valeriia V
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Went with my mother and brother and we love this restaurant, the food is fantastic as are the staff who provide a great service, we love this place and have become quite a regular

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1  Thank Marie A
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