L’Olivier: In the Greek mood

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Reviewed on 06/29/2010 | 3 Reviews

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.

Simple but good

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.

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L'Olivier: In the Greek mood, 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 ratings

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  1. trainer 29 January 2011 Reply

    I totally disagree.
    At this restaurant you say ahs and ohs! because of the extraordinary lunch menu considering the price, “13 euros for 3 plates & coffee real food not pizzas & burgers” and if you take a la carte then you will find out a great culinary experience. for me is the best place for real food in the 3eme arrondissement

  2. tsiou 29 February 2012 Reply

    I was eating at the baratin and some friends talking about l’Olivier the same think happens at the septim so i deside to visit it and it was really pleasant surprise the food is real and it has soul a soul Greek kitchen

  3. marguerite 13 May 2012 Reply

    resto un peu cher pour le rapport qualité/prix. l’entrée et le dessert étaient très bon mais j’ai eu beaucoup de mal à digérer le plat: porcelet aux haricots cocos ce n’était pas de la viande fraiche mais de la viande soit en boite soit sous vide qui au gout et à l’odeur faisait plus penser à du cornedbeef.

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