Restaurant Review: Grape & Olive (Swansea)pp

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A friend and myself dined here on a lunch time in May 2014. The restaurant is located on the 28th floor of Meridian Tower in Swansea.

The tower is the tallest building in Wales and offers amazing views out over the city & the sea. The lunch menu was £11 for two courses or £14 for 3 courses. The steaks, grills and seafood ranged from £11 to £24. Starters were around £6.50.

Entry to the restaurant can be a challenge with just a single lift giving access to the three levels that the restaurant is on. There is a separate function floor beneath the main dining area where the toilets are also located. The restaurant itself is finished to a very high standard with glass and wood being the main materials. Tables are a simple enough with one or two being at awkward angles and a little bit crammed in.

My friend ordered off the main menu and I went for the lunch menu. I was served an asparagus and stilton soup to start. The soup was unusual and very thick with asparagus. The salty stilton worked very well with the asparagus. I felt the bread served with the dish was a little stale.

My main was chicken with leek and garlic potatoes. The chicken was very tasty and cooked to perfection. It was moist and took up the flavour of the leek, gravy and potato very well. My only complaint was that the serving of the leek and potato were not generous.

My friend had a duck and apricot terrine to start and lobster tail with garlic butter and chips for main. He described the food as good but not fantastic.

In summary the views are stunning
and well worth price of coffee alone (they cater for people who just want to do this) however it is not an excellent meal but a satisfactory one.

Website: Grape & Olive

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