The best of the garden, the sea, and the field are carefully harvested by the fresh-obsessive proprietors of York’s well-known Olive Tree, prepared simply with the flavours and colours of the Mediterranean in mind, and brought to table with a justly proud smile. Located down Tower Street in the city centre (you can see the castle from the window seats), The Olive Tree’s reputation precedes it – this Mediterranean restaurant draws a crowd from far and wide. Bookings essential.
The Olive Tree takes its cues from the Mediterranean states of Europe, primarily. Here you’ll find classics from southern France, Italy, but also hints of the Middle Eastern end of the Med and North African-Arabic influences, too. The Olive Tree are renowned also for their ability to put a British twist on certain compatible examples of these continental and typically sunkissed dishes; following through with this hybrid practice (it’s not fusion, folks, neither is it rocket science unless you’re thinking arugula!), The Olive Tree also offer Mediterranean-inspired interpretations of local Yorkshire specialties. It’s a knotty approach, but a tasty knot, much like a pretzel. And, when undone, it’s really very simple: fresh is best and that’s all that one can find at this Tower Street restaurant in the centre of gorgeous York.
Yorkshire game, lamb, and beef – and fish of equally certifiable but necessarily further afield origin – make their way into some of Olive Tree’s finest dishes. Duck breast with rosti tipped with ginger, carrots and rosemary honey: the ginger and honey imparting sunshine to the deep flavour of the duck, bringing the Mediterranean to the moors. Then there’s the Tornedo, Yorkshire beef fillet given a British-Italian fusion treatment: wrapped in pancetta but topped with Stilton and served with mash and broccoli, and a red wine jus. It’s perhaps the chef’s specials (besides the obvious pizza, pasta, antipasti/tapas-style dishes to start) that showcase this York city centre Mediterranean restaurant’s influences the best. The seafood, chicken, chicken and chorizo, and vegetarian paella designed to be shared are a major reason you’ll find The Olive Tree’s Tower Street premises packed out with happy couples many nights of the week. Be sure to book to have properly relaxed access to some of York’s best European and Mediterranean cuisine.
Lunch menu was varied and delicious. We were not rushed or pestered. A fantastic place to take my business colleagues, overlooking Clifford's Tower. Thoroughly recommended.
So very glad to see The Olive Tree fully recovered after the floods earlier in the year. As always, every mouthful was an utter delight.
Good menu range. Food hot & well presented. Good lively atmosphere. Prompt service. Queries dealt with quickly. No hurtying or rushing. Reasonably priced. Good evening all round.