It’s been a couple of months since my last blog post for various reasons but recently my jaded palette was revived when I sampled the excellent and tantalisingly alternative Christmas Menu at The Olive Grove Greek restaurant in Cambridge.
The Christmas Menu at The Olive Grove has a wide range of interesting options for starters, mains and dessert which shows the versatility of Greek food to its full advantage. It features locally sourced seasonal produce with an authentic Greek twist and offers an exciting alternative to traditional Christmas fare. There is something for everyone with a choice of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free dishes clearly defined on the menu. It’s worth noting that all food is freshly cooked to order at The Olive Grove and special diets can be catered for.
My companion and I enjoyed sampling eight dishes from the Christmas menu which all tasted delicious and were beautifully presented. Our starters included the Stilton Gougere drizzled with Spicy Cranberry Marmalade, – which was a new take on a seasonal favourite. Scallops on a bed of Celeriac Cream, with Green Apple, Wild Cherry Compote and Vanilla Mayonaisse, and Fish Croquettes, with Tomato sauce, Baby Rocket and White Truffle Oil. We both considered the Stilton dish to be our preferred choice, although for me the perfectly cooked Scallops came a close second.
We sampled three main courses including the Pan-seared Duck Breast on a bed of Celeriac Mousseline with a Vinsanto Santorini and Dry Fig Jus. The Lamb Selection of Lamb Cutlets and Short Saddle Lamb, with Parsnip Puree, Baked Heritage Carrots and Mavrodaphne Jus. The Pork Fillet Tournedo and Slow-Cooked Caramelised Pork Belly, with Saute Spinach, Baked Heritage Carrots and Mavrodaphne Jus. Of the three dishes, I thought that the cooking of the Short Saddle Lamb was outstanding, as it was so moist and tender.
Although my dining companion and I aren’t big meat-eaters we really enjoyed the Duck, Lamb and Pork which we wouldn’t usually choose, and we loved the way the selection of vegetables were prepared and served as an integral part of each dish. I also liked the sound of the Prosecco Saffron Salmon and the Stuffed Butternut Squash which were the alternative choices on the menu for main courses. We were almost too full to sample the desserts but we managed to do justice to the extremely rich and decadent Lemon Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Almond and Biscuit Crumble, and the Mastiha Panna Cotta marinated in Fresh Forest Fruit and Blackcurrant Sorbet which were a delightful way to complete our meal.
If you are looking for a restaurant in Cambridge for your Christmas gathering with a cuisine that offers something different The Olive Grove can cater for small and large groups and comes highly recommended. I have enjoyed eating there several times over the last few years and it never disappoints on food, service and ambience. You will be guaranteed a meal to remember with a taste of the Mediterranean and that famous Greek hospitality!
Prices for the Christmas menu is £33 for 3 courses for dinner or £29 for lunch, booked in advance. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Olive Grove
100 Regent Street
Tel: 01223 778575