The Olive, Greek Street Food

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The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

Leicester is going a bit street food crazy right now. Little eateries keep popping up all over the city. One of the most recent additions is The Olive, a small restaurant on Belvoir Street, specialising in Greek cuisine – in particular traditional Gyros.

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

Belvoir Street is becoming a real hub of quality food in the city. Not so long back we discovered the awesome Waffle and Scoop plus a launch party for the revamp of the Walkabout venue. The Olive doesn’t look out of place amongst its more established competitors.

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

The menu really drew us in. Fair prices for what is being offered and every single dish sounded well worthy of trying. Inside, it’s a simple yet comfortable restaurant with sofa seating, comfy chairs and a large table in the centre for groups.

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

The system is very simple. Order at the counter and then take a seat, cafe style. We went for the signature Chicken Gyro and a side of Halloumi Fries. Sinking into a cloud-like leather chair was the ideal way to wait for our order.

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

The food is made fresh, as street food should be. Looking around the restaurant on a Tuesday night, the place was relatively busy. A good sign to match the positive reviews so far across the internet.

 

Halloumi fries were first up, presented beautifully in a basket with a side of tzatziki. We’ve had these at Camden Lock in a more Middle-Eastern style but these were 100% Greek style – bloomin’ delicious!

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

The crunch on these bad boys is almost deafening. The tzatziki also was refreshing after a mouthful of deep fried, rich and salty cheese – a really great side!

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

When the Chicken Gyro arrived we had to really consider just how it was going to fit on the table – this thing was a beast! You definitely get your money’s worth! Gyro, in case you were wondering, is Greece’s answer to a kebab. Chicken shredded and stuffed into a flatbread with tomatoes, tzatziki and salad.

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

Interestingly, the real star of this plate was the flatbread – really fresh and soft to eat. The chicken had been marinated in yogurt and herbs, you could really pick up on that depth of flavour from the marinade.

 

Let’s not forget the unique filling in this ‘sandwich’ – the chips! Chunky chips thrown into the mix just to ensure that  all carb limits for the day are exceeded. Who cares though when it’s this delicious?

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

The Olive is becoming highly rated by the diners of Leicestershire, and rightly so. The food is excellent. The street food vibe is present in what they serve but in the relaxed surroundings of a restaurant environment. Greek food isn’t something that we eat a lot but that looks set to change…

The Olive Greek Street Food, Leicester

 

Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 1100-2000

                         Friday – Saturday 1100-2100

 

Nearest Train Station: Leicester

24 COMMENTS

    • Hi Amber! Where are you from? Leicester is well worth visiting, the food scene is getting more exciting by the day! There are veggie options such as Halloumi Fries and some sweet dishes from memory, a really good place for Greek cuisine thats for sure!

  1. Love Greek Food. Can’t get enough of it since I was there. Never had halloumi fries though, they sound magnificent. I’ll be heading here the next time I’m in Leicester. Thanks for sharing

    • Hi John, Strangely I’ve never been to Greece but really want to after trying the food! The Halloumi Fries are an absolute must – do check them out when you’re next in Leicester!

  2. Yum! Yum! Oh how I wish this was down here in So Fla that meal looks absolutely amazing! Whenever I make it on that side of the world I really have to stop by there!!

    • Hi Diana – You 100% have to come here when in Leicester, also check out the other places in my Leicester section for some of the best food around here. Great to connect with you!

  3. All of these food places look amazing! Especially the Greek place. I have never been to Leicester but this seems like a great reason to visit! Have you guys ever been to Cornwall? That’s where I live. I’ve just followed your blog, you can check mine out if you like 🙂 x

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