“ Address: 15 Westland Place / London / N1 7LP / United Kingdom / Tel: 0871 330 1515 / Chain of restaurants owned by Jamie Oliver „
Fifteen is a restaurant started by Jamie Oliver in conjunction with his tv programme of the same name. The programme set about finding apprentice chefs, and the restaurant continues this by running an apprenticeship scheme for 18-24 year olds. There are four restaurants around the world - London, Cornwall, Amsterdam and Melbourne.
We went to the one in London recently and had a lovely evening. The restaurant itself is hidden down a small alleyway so it is quite easy to go past it and miss it! There are parking spaces down that road which are free evenings and weekends, and it is easily accesible by tube.
There is an upstairs trattoria which offers more casual dining, and a downstairs restaurant. The decor is casual but trendy. Be warned, you do have to book in advance especially for the weekend. We booked a month in advance and only got a sitting at nine o'clock.
The restaurant only offers a tasting menu in the evening, but there is a choice of three for each course so it doesn't really feel like a tasting menu. The tasting menu is 60 pounds for four courses which i think is expensive but reasonable value for money.
We started off with rosemary foccacia and salumi which was delicious.
Next, I had Bruschetta of freshly picked Scottish crab with agretti, salsa rossa piccante and fennel tops. This was really lovely although the bruschetta was more like brown bread rather than the sort you imagine from pizza express!
I followed this with a lamb ragu fettucini which was my favourite course, it was cooked just right. And then lamb again for the main course. This course was very large and I was starting to get full.
Dessert was pannacotta which was again delicious.
The food overall was really nice, especially given that the chefs are meant to be apprentices. It was obviously not on par with Michelin star restaurants but I would recommend it.
The service was probably the one thing that I felt let the restaurant down. We were waiting quite long in between courses and although we didn't mind because we were chatting, it was longer than normal. Also, our water glasses didn't get filled up and we had to ask for more water.
Still, I would definitely recommend a night out here.