Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
Food can’t be about magical sensations all the time, can it? Every now and then you just want to sit down – and eat well, without any hassle, without the “ahs!” and “ohs!” that grand cuisine always wants to incite. That’s the moment to step into “L’Olivier” at lunchtime, an unpretentious canteen sitting on Boulevard du Temple, close to République, not really far from places like the Picasso Museum or the “Merci” concept store. What do you find here? Good, tasty food with a Greek twist, that’s even listed in the famous red Michelin guide, and with a reason.
There’s a lunch formula for 13 Euros (16 US$), you’ll get an entrée and a main course and even the coffee is included. As said above, don’t expect high cuisine here, just some satisfying food. A slice of lamb shank served in a tasty jus and accompanied by some nicely done vegetables, for instance. Or a chunk of seabass fillet on a bed of creamy tomatoes. Drinks include many wines of Greek origin, and you can’t go wrong with a glass of Retsina on a hot summer day. Overall, “L’Olivier” is for people who like tasty food and who need a short break from the bustling city. Good food. Good mood.
P.S. : We just revisited the restaurant (in March 2012) for a weekday lunch. Still a great bargain, daily formula came with a choice of coalfish and an excellent dish of braised beef cheek and parsnip purée.