The Palm Tree, Leigh-on-Sea

Last night I went for an impromptu dinner with a friend at The Palm Tree in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. I am currently trying to eat a little better and so wanted to go somewhere that would offer meat that wasn’t covered in a cream sauce or batter.

I am a huge fan of Mediterranean and Greek food, I could eat it everyday, so as soon as I thought of The Palm Tree I was eager to get there and dig in!

We booked a table for 7pm but were the only people in the restaurant for the duration of the visit. This doesn’t bother me particularly as it means you can talk quietly rather than feel like you need to shout. The staff did say that it was a massive contrast to the previous Monday where they were fully booked! It was a hot day however and I suppose people were happy with a salad whilst sat in the garden.

The Palm Tree Leigh-on-Sea Essex
The restaurant itself is tastefully done and not overtly tacky like some Greek restaurants could be. Table accessories were silver and the tables were covered in crisp, white linen. It made for a very enjoyable setting.

For starters we decided to share the Karisik Meze Dips (£6.50) which was a selection of homemade Humus, Tzatziki and Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves) served with Pitta Bread. This was absolutely delicious and I think these were one of the best Dolmades I have ever tried! They were so tasty and refreshing after spending the evening in the sun.

I would say that the portion was adequate but there wasn’t a huge amount, especially between two people. The plate included 4 quarters of pitta bread, 2 Dolmades and probably about 2 tablespoons of each of the dips.

The Palm Tree Leigh-on-Sea Essex
For main we decided to share two of my favourite Greek dishes ever – the Moroccan Lamb Tagine (£14.95) and the Cypriot Kleftico (£14.95). If you do decide to order these dishes please note that you will literally just receive the meat itself and need to order any vegetables or potatoes separately. We decided to avoid carbs and just eat the meat alone.

Both dishes were incredible, they were so tasty and the meat melted in your mouth. The flavours of the various herbs and spices used meant that you wanted to eat it all quickly but at the same time didn’t want it to end!

The size of the Kleftico was more than adequate for one person, however I think it would have been nice for the Tagine to come with some form of rice accompaniment – especially for the price.

We complimented the meal with a bottle of bubbly and it set it off perfectly.

Overall I was impressed with The Palm Tree and would visit again. It was slightly pricey and not somewhere I would necessarily go frequently, but it is definitely a great place to head to if you are looking for a special treat. Saying that, they do offer a smaller and more limited set menu during the week which is a little more reasonable.

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