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.
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