Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Olive Tree @ KLIA & Athens International Airport

Same name, but two different restaurants; same cuisine, but at two different airports _ Travelers can eat at outlets named The Olive Tree at both the Kuala Lumpur International Airport & Athens International Airport. Neither establishment is affiliated to the other.

First up, KLIA's The Olive Tree, where an acceptable Greek salad's available (RM30+), though with far less feta than what customers would be accustomed to at the birthplace of this recipe.

Vegetarian moussaka (RM28+), safe & agreeable in the manner that airport food tends to be.

Lamb casserole (RM42+). The fatal flaw: the surliness of a staff member who shouldn't be in the service sector; he casts The Olive Tree in a bad light by looking angry & inconvenienced & refusing to even reply when we asked to move to a larger table in the near-empty restaurant & requested ice for our bottle of wine.

Wine by the glass costs about RM40 here, so order a RM120 bottle instead.

We ended up having a more pleasant experience, with substantially friendlier service, at The Olive Tree at Athens International Airport.

Complimentary rolls are served here, complete with dips of spicy cheese, fish roe & eggplant.

The Olive Tree's house burger (13) comes with a Greek twist ...

Olives & feta folded into its pork-&-beef patty.

Peppers & tomatoes also come stuffed here ....

... with rice for a home-cooked feel (14).

Snatch a seat by the window & savor wine (4 per small bottle) while watching planes take off.

Frappe, the Greek obsession as far as coffee orders are concerned.

The Olive Tree @ Kuala Lumpur International Airport
The Olive Tree @ Athens International Airport

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20 comments:

  1. Oh? I had a blogpost by this same now - our local black olives are in season right now and durians...lots and lots and lots of them! The lamb casserole's my pick form the lot!

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    1. Suituapui: olives and durian would be a quirky combo, heheh :D and ya, i couldn't resist ordering the lamb casserole :D

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  2. Great name and decor here, Sean! I love lamb and nobody makes lamb better than a Greek restaurant! The peppers and tomatoes look so good! I love Greek salad, but the one depicted here doesn't quite look like the ones I am accustomed to. Great review, as always!

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    1. Linda: that's true, the greeks are justifiably proud of their lamb dishes! and they do tomatoes and peppers pretty well too ... yeah, the greek salad at the kuala lumpur airport wasn't fully what it was supposed to be. thanks! :D

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  3. Urghh i hate bad service!
    But hey what a coincidence - the name and both at airports :P

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    1. Rebecca: heheh, me too! :D and ya, it was a cool coincidence, i enjoyed observing it =)

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  4. Frankly speaking, I don't really like olive because it taste sour~ haha

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    1. Mr Lonely: heh, no worries, i'm not a major fan of olives either =)

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    1. Dex: i wouldn't mind a layover in istanbul =)

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  6. What a coincidence with the name, and I would rather dine at the one in Athens too! Food looks much better there.

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    1. Baby sumo: ya, it was fun to try to visit both Olive Trees ... But yeah, you're right, the one in Athens turned out to be the one we preferred too! =)

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  7. The stuffed peppers look delish.

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    1. The yum list: they were something I had been aiming to have in greece :D

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  8. Interesting comparison! Bad service? Ok I will skip that one. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, ya, I wish the KLIA one was as good as the Athens one, but between these two, the Greeks turn out to be better in food, service and setting =)

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  9. Good to know that olive tree doesn't offer olives only :P

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    1. Ken: heh yeah olives are just one small component of the offerings here =)

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  10. Ate at the Olive Tree...food is fairly decent and priced typically airport style. LOL.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, we'd go bankrupt quite quickly if we had to eat at airports all the time! :D

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