"I visted The Olive after reading Restaurants of Manchester
review and I'm glad I did. It's a good Italian restaurant.
I opted for the meal deal, which was 2 courses at £5.95, having
the Mixed Salad for starter and then the Lasagna for main. It tasted
delicious and the portion size was big.
The service was good - very friendly
and professional. I definitely would recommend this restaurant to
others and will be returning myself soon for another lasagna."
- nancy, manchester 18/4/08 (visited on a friday lunch)
visited The Olive expecting a Meditteranean taverna that was winning
rave reviews from our readers. Instead we found it under new ownership
and serving Italian cuisine. Just around the corner from the Palace
Theatre, you'll find this cellar restaurant (opposite 5th Avenue
nightclub for the indie fans amongst you) and, ignoring the bright
neon lights of the previous tenant outside, a surprisingly plush,
large, welcoming dining area. The menu is equally as inviting with
a 2 course menu available at lunch times and pre-theatre for a staggeringly
low £5.95. The a la carte menu is also impressive with plenty
of traditional Italian dishes to choose from together with a handful
of Persian dishes which have remained on the menu. We received a
large Tomato and Garlic Bread courtesy of the chef as we flicked
through the menu, from which I opted for the Funghi Gratinati All'aglio
starter (£3.95). The mushrooms were cooked to my liking, sautéed
in white wine and gratinee with garlic and olive oil. I opted for
the same dish later that evening in Giorgio's around the corner
and can safely say that The Olive produced the better dish (and
for £1 less). My only gripe was the lack of bread which would
have soaked up the remaining oil well. The Linguine Al Frutti Di
Mare, which included mussels, squid and prawns in a garlic, white
wine and tomato sauce. At £6.95 for an extremely generous
portion, I couldn't fault it. Hopefully The Olive can overcome the
disadvantage of it's hidden away location in the same way East Z
East has opposite, because on first impressions this could be one
of the best Italian restaurants in Manchester city centre. Honest
food, friendly service, great prices and ideal for pre-theatre dining."
- neil, restaurants of manchester 16/4/08 (visited on a weds lunch)
"This is a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away at the bottom end
of Princess Street, The Olive has recently changed ownership and
the Mediterranean menu has been replaced with an Italian one. I
decided to go for the special offer of 2 courses for £5.95,
trying the Garlic Mushrooms and then Lasagna, both of which were
hefty portions and really couldn't be faulted!
The staff are all really friendly and make the
whole experience that bit special. I will certainly be back soon"
- nick, stockport 16/4/08 (visited on a weds afternoon)