Now we all know that Chester has pretty much got it covered for most of our modern day dining preferences – we have one of the very best steak houses in the country, the best and busiest Italian of all time, French, British, sushi, contemporary – you name it, we pretty much have it – but we didn’t have a fabulous, über-chic Greek restaurant serving authentic and stylish food – until last week!
In fact, its true to say that The Olive Tree Brasserie, owned and operated by our new Chester friend Dean Wilson has come straight into a Zenith position on the Chester dining scene – its absolutely lovely!
I was luck enough to be invited – along with a few chums – to their soft launch night last Tuesday before they formally opened their doors on Wednesday – and to say we were incredibly impressed is an understatement.
The menu is authentic yet modern, and manager Mark was keen to tell us about all of the ingredients which are being imported directly from Greece, sourced on a recent research trip before opening.
But Dean has been here before, with two very successful restaurants of the same name already trading in Preston and Lytham St Annes, and I feel that Dean, Mark and the team are fitting in very well to their new surroundings – we’re very lucky to have them.
To me, Chester should be about smaller, boutique brands and independent operators rather than soulless high street chains – and we should all welcome dynamic and hard working restaurateurs like Dean and Mark with open arms.
Back to the evening itself – and my friends arrived to an already full, buzzing restaurant where many familiar Chester faces had already settled in with glasses of perfectly chilled wine and gorgeous flutes of fizz – Mark told us all about a Greek sparkling wine that they had found on their recent food & drink adventure being made with a more European style (it was delicious) and we all spent some time chatting and admiring their menu …
We all opted for something different including Garides Saganaki (king prawns, tomato sauce, feta, oregano), Halloumi Loukaniko, (chargrilled halloumi cheese with spicy loukaniko sauage and sweet balsamic dressing) and Sardeles (vine wrapped sardine fillets, olive oil, melitzanasalata, lemon) to start, all were superb.
Our main courses were just as pleasing – I had the Arni Kleftico (shoulder of lamb on the bone slow roasted with herbs, garlic, onions with Greek style roast potatoes) which was sublime – as was the Filletakia (medalions of fillet steak, red wine, Lancashire blue cheese) – and one of the girls had a classic Greek salad which she loved, saying the ingredients were of such good quality and very fresh.
.. special mention to waitress Zoe, very knowledgable, superb service!
The Olive Tree Brasserie is a very welcome and impressive addition to our city’s food & drink repertoire – the venue was designed by Cheshire’s very own Style Contracts Complete Design Solutions who are more-than deserving of their prestigious reputation in the industry.
.. and I couldn’t wait to visit again, so I went back for lunch on Wednesday!!!