Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bath (U.K.): Jamie's Italian

It's hard to watch any TV channel, even here in Hong Kong, without seeing Jamie Oliver's face in some show or another. So, of course, if we were to go to the U.K., we'd have to see if the food is up to par. Interestingly enough, Jamie doesn't have much in terms of fine dining restaurants. But that's fine, a good gastro-pub is just as good as far as we are concerned.
In bath, we therefore set our tummies on Jamie's Italian. After a bit of a wait, we were seated to the second floor where the homely ambiance was quite nice. However, we thought that the food was very average; we ate better at gastro-pubs such as The Dogs in Edinburgh and Anchor and Hope in London.
Made us question whether Jamie spends any time checking the menus out or whether he just sold o..., I mean,  lent his name.

Baby mozzarella, basil, tomatoes & “music bread”.
Don't know who's behind having what is essentially a cracker to "augment" an otherwise ok Caprese salad; it just doesn't work. What's nice about a Caprese salad is the freshness of tomatoes, the spike of the basil with the goey-ness of buffalo mozzarella. Crispy adds nothing to the dish, actually, it removes the classic balance.

Slow-cooked rag├╣ with garlic & herbs, mascarpone & Amalfi lemon

Fried garlicky prawns with shaved fennel, tomatoes, chilli & rocket

Lemon curd.  £4.95  

Tiramisu. The taste was there but it was too heavy.  £4.95   

Jamie's Italian
10 Milsom Place
Bath, U.K.

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