Tucked away in a side street a short distance from Old Street is Fifteen.
It's a bit off the beaten track so it's thankfully not packed out with tourists. Instead it is filled with people who will go the extra few tube stops for a great dining experience.
I was first introduced to Fifteen in Melbourne several years ago and love the concept behind the restaurants, helping young disadvantaged people into employment. Also the profits from these restaurants go straight back into the foundation. Fifteen Apprentice Programme.
The restaurant is cosy, with a lovely bar area. It was very busy on the day we came - despite it being a Monday! The staff were all extremely friendly and it created a nice relaxed atmosphere. We were early so sat at the bar and had a drink before dinner. I always like watching the action of a busy restaurant so watching the drinks being made and served kept me entertained until our table was ready.
The restaurant menu focuses on british food and the it changes daily allowing fresh seasonal produce to be used.
We tried Summer truffle tagliatelle with hen's egg, the braised rabbit, heritage carrots and rainbow chard, and the chargrilled short rib, baby beets, mustard leaves.
Everything was well presented and beautifully flavoured with just the right amount of fuss to get my photos several Facebook 'likes' but not so much fuss that the flavour gets confusing.
We were generously presented with glasses of prossecco after dinner as we were celebrating a significant birthday of a friend which was a nice final touch to a lovely evening.
They have a large clay oven so I assume they make pizza too. I'm pretty sure they make their bread in here, it tasted amazing!
I'd definitely recommend going to extra few stops on the tube to pay Fifteen a visit.
15 Westland Place, London +44 20 3375 1515
Jamie Oliver's Fifteen
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