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The Olive, London by Qype User Mariam…
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    • Qype User Roadpo…
    • London
    • 8 friends
    • 81 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    12/6/2010

    A really good value restaurant selling good Mediterranean food. The location is great because the view makes it look like it is in the countryside and gives it a great feeling. The staff are friendly welcoming and attentive, the wine is good and the food is really simple but well cooked, well flavoured and well presented.
    It is the sort of place where you would really have to try to spend a lot of money - you could easiy eat for under a tenner a head if you just went with one course and a glass of wine but that would spoil the fun - for very little more you can have 3 courses and go home really happy!

    • Qype User rharri…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    2.0 star rating
    3/7/2010

    Looks like we visited on a night when they were having an off day.

    Arrived having made a reservation to find that staff just ignored us. Having waited quite some time had to go chase a member of staff for our table - amazingly; despite booking we were simply told to go outside a find a table ourselves.

    At our table for a good 10 minutes no one came. Eventually stopped the waitress and our order was taken.

    Drinks fairly promptly appears, but then we had to wait 35 minutes for our starter. At this point we were told that one of our mains wasn't available (which meant that hadn't started cooking anything either). A new main was selected, but another 20 minutes wait for this to arrive (and only after I'd chased).

    As we had another appointment we had to rush our main course and leave. To our amazement given all the poor service, we noticed that a minor change to a starter meant that had charged for 3 starters. I pointed this out, but they insisted that I had to pay for 3 starters. I thought this was pretty cheeky given the slow service.

    Vague apologies we made for the slow service, the restaurant was not overly busy and they should have been easily been able to cope/plan on a Saturday night.

    I like to support local restaurants and businesses, but won't be going back here.

  • 1.0 star rating
    17/1/2012
    First to Review

    Never again. First a service charge on take-away. Then foolishly returned to eat in. The Tempura was a disgrace - reheated and burn left-overs.

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