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The Green Olive

Louise Elgin celebrates a good neighbourhood diner in Maida Vale, W9

Good neighbourhood restaurants are worth celebrating. Where I live in W9 they are few and far between which, as I’ve said before, is bizarre in what must be not only a very residential area but also an affluent one at that. With its wide streets, beautiful white stucco houses and lush communal gardens, most residents of ‘Media Vale’ are hardly short of a buck or two. Yet, they are let down by a shortage of good local places to dine out. Tucked down a small street a stone's throw from Little Venice's picture postcard canal is The Green Olive, a small and intimate restaurant offering a modern Italian menu.

Split over two levels, the dining rooms are a mix of simple but elegant surroundings, with bare brick walls and wooden floors all adding a rustic feel. The tables are a little close together in places so, if you are dining a deux it's best to request a round table of which there are several on the ground floor, - my preferred place to eat - the other dining room being downstairs. There is a new chef in the kitchen too, Carlo Salodini, has cooked all over London, more recently at Little Italy in Soho and Artigiano in Bayswater. Carlo has introduced a new menu and I felt duty bound to try it!

After some very good bread and olives to nibble on whilst choosing our starters, my guest commenced with sautéed king scallops and prawns with a cherry tomato and mild chili dressing, this was pronounced delicious, the scallops and prawns plump, flavoursome and tender, with good presentation all round. Her only negative remark was perhaps the tomato and chili sauce could have had extra oomph, but then that, I feel is a question of personal taste. I had a starter size portion of linguine with fresh white crab meat, rocket and cherry tomatoes in a light spicy sauce, which was good without being outstanding. We were drinking a highly palatable Sicilian wine (Grecanico Dorato- a Sicilian grape variety) at a very reasonable £21.00 a bottle, which I would highly recommend, La Segreta Bianco Planeta, 2004. It was rich in colour with a good depth of flavour and was light and dry on the palate whilst being highly refreshing at a very fair price. In fact, a perfect accompaniment to my next course, grilled cod with panzanella salad and basil dressing. The cod was very moist with a wonderful interior - and panzanella salad, a Tuscan specialty - a superb concoction of parsley, tomatoes, black olives, bread, vinegar, celery and cucumber all finished off with a hit of lemon, altogether a first rate light combination with the fish. My guest tried the pan-fried fillet of lamb with potato gratin and thyme jus. She said the lamb was tender and well flavoured with a good jus but the potatoes were a disappointment being a little on the cold side and lacking in flavour.

Spoilsports that we were, we didn't have room for pudding, (somehow managing to resist the hot chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream), instead, finishing with a wonderfully refreshing glass of limoncello (an Italian very lemony liqueur, best served over ice in my opinion!), which was a highly cleansing and refreshing end to our meal. The Green Olive is what Maida Vale and Little Venice needs more of, local, reasonable priced restaurants that are on tap for those nights when one wants to get out of the kitchen and enjoy a relaxing evening with a few drinks without having to travel to do so.

Louise Elgin. June 2006.

A two-course meal with wine and water is about £40.00 a head.

The Green Olive 5 Warwick Place London W9 Tel: 020 7289 2469

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