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Olive Tree

Café society on Swains Lane is ruled by Kalendar, the friendliest of the street’s nosh shops and also the most popular: punters will hover expectantly if you’re lucky enough to grab a sunny terrace table in the warmer months. Breakfast here is a joy, from artful eggs Benedict and grease-free variations on the full English to chunky cups of coffee made with beans from the Monmouth Coffee Company. Sandwiches are also expertly made – try the grilled halloumi with grated carrot and crunchy lettuce – and the deli counter serves a reliably delicious range of delights, from artisanal cheeses to tempting stacks of cakes bought in from Konditor and Cook.
Venue name: Olive Tree
Address: 177A Blackstock Road (entrance on Mount Grove Road)
N5 2LL
Opening hours: Meals served noon-10.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun; noon-11pm Fri, Sat.
Transport: Tube: Arsenal tube/Finsbury Park tube/rail
Price: Main courses £4.90-£13. Set lunch £5.90 bento box.

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Amazing food best I've had in London, lovely family run place fresh home made food totally recommend it. Will definitely be going back soon.

Jason Anderson

Having lived in the local area for many years, I was surprised to have not found this absolute gem before. Tucked away just off Blackstock Road in N5, the Olive Tree Taverna is an authentic a Greek experience you can have without paying EasyJet your hard-earned cash to fly you to Greece! Family owned and run for over ten years, the food and welcome here are simply second-to-none. Enormous portion sizes, freshly cooked and incredibly well flavoured food, if you like Greek food then you simply have to pay the Olive Tree Taverna a visit. Unlike other Greek-style restaurants in London, this establishment benefits enormously from the quality, attention to detail and wonderful flavours that can only come from recipes that have been passed from generation to generation. Simple touches like cooking all meat over a wood-burning grill and baking pitta breads on-site all add up to a tremendously authentic experience. The quality of the food, and the wonderful welcome you will receive, are not diluted by any high prices, either. The Olive Tree Taverna offers exceptional value for money on all of their meals and they also have a regularly-changed specials menu where a three course meal can be had for little more than the price of a cinema ticket. If you like real Greek food, and a real Greek welcome, then this is the place to be. And if you're exceptionally hungry, then try their full meze - a meal of truly gargantuan size and offering a cacophony of incredible tastes!