A Taste Of Summer
With summer fast approaching and the lure of the Mediterranean and particularly Greece, can I suggest a trip to the Olive Tree Brasserie to get yourself in the mood, writes Tedd Walmsley
Preston and St Annes are home to two of the restaurants under the ownership of entrepreneur Dean Wilson and his talented team of chefs and front of house ambassadors.
We have been big fans since its opening in Preston in 2014 and we have kept a careful eye on the developments, including the large outdoor seating area and now cellar cocktail bar Elia with its versatility and fun vibe, which is available for private use for groups of friends and businesses alike.
Tonight, we were here to sample the delights of the new menus with our friends Trina and Carl to offer their thoughts on some of the classics and of course the exciting new additions to a very tasty menu. The ingredients are important to the authenticity and taste of the dishes – many are locally sourced from their rich bounty of suppliers and some imported directly from Greece.
The menus offer incredible choice to suit every appetite taste and budget; ‘light bites’, the ‘pronto‘ lunch, an ever increasing selection of gluten free options and a full selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. We were to try a selection of à la carte dishes which would grace any Greek island restaurant I’ve ever been to – so what did we have to eat?
Sikotakia – sautéed chicken livers in a rich sauce of tomatoes, peppers and red wine were for Trina and Carl. Calamari for Liz, lightly battered with a lovely garlic aioli to dip and for me? My old favourite Keftedes – succulent meat balls in a tomato sauce had to be my choice. I have it every time I go to the Olive Tree Brasserie and it never disappoints.
Souvlaki of lamb and chicken were two of our main course choices, classic and authentic with rice and seasoned sweet potatoes, meat charred to perfection and demolished with aplomb. Tom our fabulously attentive waiter was both knowledgeable and great fun had convinced Liz that the Pastourma Polts (Greek bangers and mash) would change her life! I’m not sure about changing her life but they certainly did seem to make her very happy.
Carl opted for the sea bass Lavraki which was both light and delicate and served with a moreish feta and potato cake and Greek style vegetables. We should confess that tonight none of us had room for desserts, with the designated drivers amongst us sipping hot strong Greek coffee and the girls finishing their refreshing Greek rosé. On our way out we collected our VIP cards, which gives you 40 per cent off the à la carte menu Monday to Wednesday, as well as other offers.
We will definitely be returning.
Olive Tree Brasserie
5 & 6 Miller Arcade, Church Street
Preston PR1 2QY
29 Wood Street
Lytham St Anne’s FY8 1QG