Review on The Olive Tree
If you are suffering from withdrawal symptoms after your last Greek holiday, head out of the city to this renowned taverna in a converted Victorian house on the outer ring road. And, if you're feeling in party mood, go on Friday or Saturday evening, when live bazouki music, dancing and plate-smashing are added to the mix.
Owner George Psarias is not one to hide his light under a bushel and his high-profile restaurant is seldom out of the news. Good-quality ingredients are deployed for a lengthy menu that shows off all the usual Greek-Cypriot old-stagers, plus a handful of more unusual regional specialities.
Vast plates of meze are one of the star turns with their array of dips, salads and the like, closely followed by trencherman helpings of souvlaki, kleftiko and moussaka, with sticky baklava to finish. The kitchen also turns its hand to things like arne ma frouta (lamb cooked with apricots, prunes and apples), fried salt cod with skordalia (a kind of mayonnaise), and chicken stuffed with Feta cheese, spinach and dill. To drink, look for the gutsy Greek-Cypriot names on the wine list.
Not content to rest on his laurels, George Psarias recently opened a second restaurant on Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm Mon-Sun (all day Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card