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“Very disappointed.”
Review of Olive Affaire

Olive Affaire
Ranked #20 of 444 Restaurants in Sunderland
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$34
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: We are an authentic Greek family run business, we provide a selection of Greek dishes, wines and beers and a great atmosphere. We are a Cafe Bistro Restaurant and provide good home cooked food at a very reasonable price. We also cater for weddings, business lunches, and other such occasions. You won't leave hungry. We do ask for your patience while waiting for your food as everything is cooked from fresh and we are proud of our quality and authenticity.
Reviewed 15 February 2014

After reading very positive reviews on trip advisor, we decided this might be the place to eat before seeing a show. I rang a few days previous asking if there was a menu on line and was told to access it from the takeaway menu, which we did and liked the look of.

When we arrived at lunchtime, we were given a menu which stated "lunchtime" but were a bit disappointed to find the Greek dishes we had viewed from the takeaway menu were not listed, and assumed as it was lunchtime that is was a limited menu. So we chose from the Mexican dishes listed instead. However, when we started to gave our order we were informed that they no longer did Mexican food!! Not knowing the area and only having a certain amount of time before the show started, we had little choice other than to pick something else. Shortly after our food arrived (our Greek salad arrived with what I can only describe as crumbs of feta cheese sparsely sprinkled on the top, whilst the so called "chunky chips" weren't chunky and tasted stale as though they were left overs and re fried again), I overheard one of the waitresses telling another customer that they did moussaka etc.. When she came to our table I asked if they only did the main Greek dishes on an evening, only to be told no, they were available all the time, but you have to ask for them!! How on earth can you ask for something if you don't know they do them especially if you hadn't accessed the takeaway menu on the net?! So not only had we been given menus with a whole host of dishes that were no longer served but not told about as we were given the menu, but we weren't told that other dishes were available but weren't listed on the menu!! We were told that new menus were waiting to be printed and that the place was very new, but surely that would make it even more important to give the right info regarding meals in the first place if they want to ensure customers come back.

I pointed out to the lady who we spoke to that it wasn't common practice to give people a menu to choose their food, and then expect them to ask if they did other things!! It would be like going into a fish shop but asking them if they did Greek salad, you wouldn't would you! So our overall experience was not good at all. Thankfully the show proved to be worth going to Sunderland for, unlike our lunch venue.

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5  Thank llpasah
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Reviewed 8 February 2014 via mobile

We can only echo the positive reviews for Olive Affaire, it's a much-needed breath of fresh air on Sunderland's restaurant and cafe scene.
Good ingredients treated with care by a young chef who clearly knows what he is doing in the kitchen, a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service - and very reasonable prices for the amount and quality of food you get.
We had one lot of meze which we shared between the two of us, plus slow roasted lamb which was full of flavour and virtually melted on the tongue.
If they can extend the range of alcoholic drinks (and turn up the heat on the deep fat fryer for the chips!) this place will be just about perfect.

2  Thank Sunder64
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

Visited this restaurant and shared the meze with friends which was great.
If you love Greece and the food then you must book or if you would like some different tastes then give this restaurant a try

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1  Thank sachaDurhamEngland
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Wow! What can I say about the food we had tonight (January 29th)? We were a group of three and decided to go for the Greek meze. Every mouthful was beautiful, fresh, and flavoursome. there were so many different tastes and textures - if the weather had been better we might have imagined ourselves in Greece! The staff were friendly and helpful and the bill was very reasonable. I had found this place one lunchtime and was pleased to return with my friends and we will certainly be recommending it to others too!

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1  Thank Lakshmi S
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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

After eating at most of sunderland's restaurants, we decided to try something different and after reading the reviews for Olive Affaire on trip advisor booked a table for Saturday 25th of Jan. The whole experience was fantastic, a small intimate place, with a great atmosphere, the staff were really helpful, explaining the menu and making recommendations. We chose the meze and I can honestly say we have never been served so much fresh, delicious tasting food and it just kept coming!. We washed it down with Mythos and Greek red wine while listening to Greek music. The whole experience was amazing.We will be visiting again. Thank you.

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