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.
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 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 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 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 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!
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.
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 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…
Opening Times: Monday – Thursday 1100-2000
Friday – Saturday 1100-2100
Nearest Train Station: Leicester