The Shared Olive, Hawarden
It was a special occasion: time for a special venue. Mrs Platinum Al’s birthday demanded an experience that was to be savoured, and the Shared Olive would be perfect.
This restaurant is set close to the heart of Hawarden village, and offers a safe haven for food lovers in the area. The Shared Olive offers a homely, but contemporary atmosphere – it is a welcoming refuge that somehow also manages to feel both relaxing and vibrant at the same time. Offering tapas and Mediterranean food, the meals at the Shared Olive are both exciting and varied.
We began our gastronomical journey with some olives and a glass of wine; with a beer (Estrella – good stuff) also for me. The restaurant was particularly busy on this evening, yet the staff managed to cope well with the pressures and were very attentive.
Our starters were extremely impressive. We decided to go “tapas style” for the first course, though making a choice from the dishes on offer isn’t easy. Chorizo and manchego croquettes, with goats cheese pesto, for her. Seabass and chorizo paella for me. I was looking forward to my starter, and the dish honestly exceeded my expectations! The croquettes were also popular, I managed to get a taste before they disappeared…
A glass of wine and onto the main course. We had decided to choose different courses on this evening, rather than go for a few tapas selections to share. I’m glad we did.
Mrs Platinum Al’s choice was a very nice chicken and wild garlic risotto with dolcelatte. I went for pulled pork tortiglioni, with plum tomatoes and caramelised fennel. I’m quite a fan of pulled pork these days; it’s often served USA style on burgers, so I was keen to see how this meal would work. Work it did: the chefs performing an Enzo Ferrari style example of finely tuned skills and passion for their craft, in admirable Italian style.
Having said that, I also tried some of the risotto. Now I’m not the biggest risotto fan in the world, but found that this was very much to my taste! Possibly even better than the tortiglioni..? Dare I say it?
We are extremely fortunate to have a restaurant like the Shared Olive in the local area. Quality food, well prepared with skill and obvious enthusiasm – yet without being too exclusive price-wise. Great atmosphere; though you’re definitely eating in a restaurant, it can feel like you’re in your own front room.
Food Quest Test
- Food: excellent, authentic Mediterranean food with a wide choice
- Drink: varied and affordable
- Service: a little slow at first on this visit, though it was extremely busy – the staff soon turned it around
- Environment: friendly and down to earth with a splash of glamour
- Cost: great quality food makes it a good deal
The Shared Olive, 68 The Highway, Hawarden CH5 3DH
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