Jamies Italian restaurant, Bath UK

Jamie Oliver is a household name, not just in the UK but almost everywhere in the world. He has a restaurant franchise or two and books aplenty. Then there are TV cooking shows and motivational TV programmes that range from improving the poor quality food in UK school canteens to helping oversize people in many states of America change their fast food habits.

In the Italian restaurant here in Bath we found the service from both the kitchen and wait staff extremely efficient. The restaurant does about 200 covers and turns tables over 2-3 times, that smells of a successful formula to me. At no time do you feel you are in a large restaurant as it seems to occupy a variety of spaces on different ends of a building and over 3 floors.

We sat in the area adjacent to where the cold collations were prepared by two chefs at a zinc covered bench and servery. From here they rustled up antipasti and other cold starters or salads. You can see the hams hanging above and boxes of fresh produce behind them.

This is my main of roasted mackerel and roasted baby vine potatoes. Loved it.

We chose two dishes to share for entree, here is the zucchini fritters. To the rear is fresh buffalo mozzarella topped by pesto.

This is one serve of bread – a variety of crisp bread, grissini and slices from rustic ciabatta.

John had a mixed salad leaves with slices of pear surrounded by generous slices of prosciutto. Serves were huge all round and as the plates are oversize as well.

Lady at next table had the largest hamburger I have ever seen.

We bought ‘Jamies Italy’ book and a copy of his mentor ‘Gennaro’s Italian Year’  both for 15 pounds each, heavy for the suitcase but a bargain compared to the price in Australia. We are heading to Cornwall and plan to visit one of the Fifteen restaurants he has spurned to assist young people to get an opportunity for retraining in hospitality. Jamie’s website.

  1. #1 by Dayle on September 7, 2010 - 9:14 pm

    looks brilliant! You both must be having a great time. I love zucchini fritters xx

  2. #2 by Kate Heylen on September 7, 2010 - 9:50 pm

    Love the review and pictures Roz…, everything looks delicious!

  3. #3 by Anna Johnston on September 8, 2010 - 1:19 am

    I love Jamie & his food philosophy & would love to visit his restaurants, in fact *its on the list* of must do. Thanks for sharing this experience, its great to get a peep into his world.

  4. #4 by Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial on September 8, 2010 - 8:45 am

    Roz, I’ve been without broadband for three days now, so it’s with great delight that I’m sitting here with a cup of peppermint tea catching up on your posts. Great reading, thank you! 🙂

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