This was our first visit to Olive and Oil Umhlanga. Firstly I will start with positive.. the service and waiters were brilliant, the restaurant spotless. We also received a complimentary bottle of still water which was a nice surprise. The negatives - firstly we felt the restaurant lacked light.. I understand low lighting to create a warm atmosphere, however some candles on the table may have helped to see what was on our plates! Secondly I felt that being a Greek type restaurant, they should have played music to suit, however we had French music in the back ground. My husband ordered the sole, and at R129, we expected more than what we received. The sole was very small, and once the fish was off the bone, was probably about 80g of fish. We ordered roast potatoes and got baby potatoes that tasted like they had been boiled the day before and then deep fried at the last minute.. very disappointing and the fact that they added so many potatoes on our plate, to make up for lack of "food"...really did not help!! The lemon butter on the side was very watery and lacked flavour.. again disappointing.. if that had been rich and creamy perhaps it would have been able to drown the bland flavour of the potatoes. I ordered the deep fried calamari which was very average, again with roast potatoes that were incredibly sad! I really feel that, at those prices, they should add a little veg or some other colour to ones plate. We really felt the meal was very average, and not value for money at all. It is very sad, but even though there were some positives, there was nothing about the evening that would make us want to return for a second visit... and this is what I feel is sadly lacking in Durban restaurants - the WOW factor. If I am to pay between R100 - R130 for a meal I expect to at least enjoy it thoroughly. Like most people, dining is out is a luxury these days, so when we do venture out to part with our hard earned money we do expect MORE!!
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