Leeds has many a great restaurant and boasts a myriad of cuisines in the centre of town as well as on the outskirts. Three award-winning restaurants not to be missed are The Olive Tree Greek restaurants in three different areas. I have had the privilege to eat here on several occasions, but my last visit to its signature restaurant in the area of Rodley, in a magnificant Victorian building, really was unforgettable. Owned by the incredible Greek Cypriot family of dear friend and fellow blogger Honest Mum , the Olive Tree offers a true authentic sophistication with its dishes, yet oozes real Greek home style ambiance. On my last visit I had, amongst other things, an amazing seafood meze. Meze is an abbreviation for Mezedes and is a conglomeration of different appetisers.
The seafood meze, which offered the perfect way to indulge in some shared dining with two friends, consisted of greek salad, taramosalata dip, a seafood salad, prawns and feta, grilled sardines, swordfish, salmon, king prawns, whitebait and Olive Tree rice. Everything was finger licking good! The hummus at the Olive Tree is also simply gorge, as are the desserts. Granted, I have yet to visit Greece and Cyprus, but I simply cannot walk into a Greek restaurant anywhere else, as I’m sure it will not even come close to what The Olive Tree has to offer.
If you’re thinking of catching a break in Leeds, definitely head down to The Olive Tree Rodley on a Saturday night for live music and Greek dancing and an overall buzzing atmosphere. The staff are very friendly and welcoming and you may not want to leave.