* Huge thanks to Grape and Olive for inviting me to their Christmas showcase event. It in no way has altered my views.
It’s never ever too early to think about Christmas. Well, that’s what I think anyway. The new academic year always makes me start to gear up for Christmas since it’s the next big event for me to look forward to as soon as my birthday is done. So, from the second week of September I’m already planning out presents and meals. I was extremely thankful to be invited to the Grape and Olive’s Christmas Showcase this year where they were sharing with us some of the items of their three Christmas menus.
Can I just say that the design of the menus were absolutely stunning! Whoever did the graphic design for them did an amazing job. We had the chance to sample from the Christmas Day menu, their Festive Buffet menu and their Festive Set menu. They had a pretty good range of vegetarian options and dishes that don’t contain alcohol which was great for me since I eat halal meat and can’t drink alcohol. So, there were a lot of things to pick from which was lush to know.
Thankfully, as well, they decided to let us sample quite a few of the things that were on all three menus. From the starters, mains and desserts. So, here’s what I ended up trying out!
Christmas Buffet Menu
One of the first things that I tries were their mini savoury croissant which were topped with toasted seeds. I had the ones that were filled with spinach and ricotta. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed this more than I thought I was going to. I love a good croissant to be fair and the pastry was so soft and flaky. The only issue that I really had is that the filling was a little too creamy but I guess that’s also to be expected with ricotta.
Who doesn’t love a good roast potato, and the ones I had one the night were lush. A roast potato is the make or break of a Christmas dinner, I’m sure I’m not the only one who can think that. They were crisp and gorgeous and just make my evening ten times better. I’m now craving roast potatoes.
The portobello mushroom, leek and chestnut Wellington was my favourite thing that I had tasted that evening. It was absolutely gorgeous. I’m never actually had a mushroom Wellington before but it was so filling, even from the taster piece that they have us. It was creamy and beautiful. I would happily have that again.
I ended up trying two of the desserts from the Festive menu which was the chelate, almond and pistachio torte and the Sicilian lemon tart. The lemon start had to be my favourite out of the two. It has such a nice, sharp bite to it. It’d be perfect after quite a heavy and rich meal The torte was nice but I think the raspberries gave it a little bit of a weird taste that I wasn’t expecting. Not only that but the structure didn’t hold that well and it was a little too dense for me.
Christmas Day Menu
So, I only ended up trying one dish from this menu and that was the homemade stuffed aubergine. To get to the point, I wasn’t a huge fan. But then again, I don’t tend to like stuffed vegetables anyway. The aubergine was just a little too tough for me which made it difficult to cut.. It was filled with cous cous, sweet potato. feta and pomegranate. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, I just found it didn’t taste of much.
On a whole though I really enjoyed the evening and I honestly think that the menus are pretty good value for money. So, if you’re in Swansea and looking to book a Christmas meal with family, friends or people from work, I would definitely recommend you checking them out.