The first day of our holiday we spent mooching around the beautiful city of Oxford – apart from being one of the most expensive cities in the UK it’s also perfect for a spot of holiday shopping, light brunches and visits at dinosaur museums. For lunch we stopped at the Oxford branch of Jamie’s Italian (find out where it is here). I’m already quite a fan of the one in Birmingham, so was naturally intrigued by the Oxford one which was absolutely booming at Saturday lunch time. We were lucky to even get a seat!
The interior is just as lovely as any other Jamie Oliver restaurant – those ambient touches of everything Italian and rustic with a modern twist to it. You get the obligatory mini olive trees and the blue & white Jamie Oliver napkins (which about every other person nicks – why people, just why?!). The food was as always delicious; a massive plaice with cream sauce and sauteed courgettes – the chef’s special and my absolute favourite Jamie’s dish ever – the squid ink spaghetti with mussels. Squid ink is such a strange ingredient – partially because it makes everything on your plate look a little alien (black spaghetti, whuut!) but also because it has quite a strong salty tinge to it. I remember the first time when I had rice with squid ink sauce – I could not get over the strangeness of it yet it was so incredibly intriguing and tasty! Thumbs up for this special little dish!
Finally – the service at Jamie’s in Oxford was the best! Hello if you’re reading it!:)
Next time we will pop to the Jamie’s Pizzeria which is at the basement of the main restaurant and by the influx of hungry crowd on that Saturday afternoon I can only assume they make some extremely delicious pizzas there!
You can find more about Jamie’s here.