Two Olives Restaurant in Port Elizabeth – a review
The Two Olives Restaurant is an authentic culinary experience, immersing diners in the basic pleasures of enjoying excellent quality, coupled with flavours that are worthy of a few audible sighs. Situated in the food Mecca of Stanley Street in Richmond Hill, it is at the very heart of the ‘who’s who’ and ‘what’s what’ of the Friendly City.
The menu is a delight to explore. Even simple sounding dishes are presented beautifully and taste heavenly. The tapas options are a great way to sample a number of different dishes, especially when shared amongst friends. The portions (even the starters) are generous, so get here hungry.
Photograph: Centre – Chickpea Falafels
We tried a tapas assortment for starters – suppli (deep-friend risotto balls, stuffed with mozzarella), chickpea falafel served with babaganoosh (so good), Portuguese chicken livers, albondiga (the tastiest Spanish meatballs in a spicy arabiatta and basil sauce) and the calamari and chorizo skewers (served in a tangy lemony dipping sauce). Many of the starters are served with fabulously fresh dipping bread to soak up the sauces and dressings to the last drop.
After these 5-star starters, the expectations were high for the mains. Magnificent beef espetadas on authentic hanging skewers and Mediterranean lamb burgers (with hummus, tzatziki, roasted peppers and an olive and red onion salsa) did not disappoint. The simple, but beautiful, presentation of all of our dishes added to their appeal, while the fresh ingredients rounded them off to perfection.
Dessert was a real challenge after these hearty meals, but we “soldiered through” them, enjoying a platter of cheesecake, chocolate mousse, deep-friend Lindt balls and ice cream.
Starters and tapas dishes range between R35 to R52, while mains are at between R75 (for the burger) and R125 (for the Lamb Shank and the Fillet Ritz). The Espetada was R110, while Greek Lamb Chops are R99 and Baby Chicken R89. There are also salads for lighter meals or as a starter.
Photographs: Left – Calamari and Chorizo Skewers / Right – Espetada
The wine list is succinct, with well-known labels that promise something for everyone.
The Two Olives also has a fully-fledged bakery and coffee shop for daytime diners in search of excellent breakfasts and light lunches. Coffees are whipped up by an experienced barista with a knack for a great cappuccino.
The décor is simple and tasteful. The slightly more formal restaurant area is upstairs and has little bursts of French flair. There is a balcony that is open in good weather, but otherwise sheltered. The coffee shop and lunchtime dining area is downstairs and is a little more rustic and homely in its look and feel. Outside tables on the sidewalk give it a Mediterranean chic that is irresistible.
Contact Two Olives Restaurant:
You will find the Two Olives Restaurant at 1 Stanley Street, Richmond Hill
Telephone: Call them on +27 (0)41 585-0371 to make your booking.