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The 2013 remodelling of Jamie Oliver’s social-enterprise restaurant was an undoubted success, with both ground floor and basement still frequently packed. The dimly lit venue, with its exposed brickwork and red-leather banquettes, has a New York feel. The charitable angle remains – 18 unemployed young people are trained as chefs every year – but the culinary focus has shifted from Italy to Britain. The daily changing menu of unfussy ingredients-led cooking ranges from small-plate snacks in the cocktail bar, via a £19/£24 set lunch to a more punitively priced carte. After creamy, saline Lindisfarne oysters with cucumber and fennel-blossom relish, we loved the fall-off-the-bone braised rabbit with Tokyo turnips, chard and tarragon dressing, and adored the dangerously moreish side of Cornish potatoes in melted Lincolnshire Poacher cheese and spinach. Desserts include such crowd-pleasing assemblies as ‘texture of chocolate’. Bubbly (if occasionally slow) service and well-chosen wines, keep the vibe as chirpy as Jamie O himself.


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  1. A couple of months back, I was asked if I wanted to come try out Fifteens new menu. New head chef, new place, new approach to their food. Away went the "Italian" focused menu, and in came something with a much more British focus, unsurprising given that head chef John Rotherham's previous employment was at none other than the sadly now defunct St John Hotel.

    Each dish embraces no more than a few ingredients, used intelligently together to highlight the flavours of the other. With lots of the very much sharing focused menu under ten pounds, we kind of went wild...
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  1. The original Fifteen is in Shoreditch and it is a handsome looking restaurant. Split over two floors, the décor is dark; dark tables, dark floors, etc, made even darker as the sunlight goes down as the lighting is kept very dim. But it sets the tone for an intimate atmosphere made buzzier by the constant chatter of the guests. Tables are closely positioned, but the space works...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 4 February 2015

    Foodie Force :: Jamie Oliver's Fifteen

    This week has been a busy one, so I was excited on Tuesday to go along to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant for dinner. Nothing relaxes me more than food.

    Fifteen was set up in 2002 as a social enterprise that uses the wonder and magic of food to help unemployed people find their start in life, with the ultimate hope of a better future. They are part of Fifteen's apprenticeship programme...
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Jamie Oliver

Cheeky chappy Jamie Oliver went from River Café sous-chef to household name overnight and is now better-known as a TV star, foodie campaigner and cookbook flogger than as a hands-on chef. He’s also achieved a great deal as a restaurateur, from his celebrated training establishment Fifteen (est. 2002) to his allcomers’ high-street chain Jamie’s Italian (now with nearly 40 branches). His high-rolling barbecue brand Barbecoa opens a second site in 2015.

Essential Details for Fifteen

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Islington Barnsbury
  • Price: £52.00
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £49.00
  • Lunch: £24/28/34 (2/3/4 courses)
  • Dinner: £60 (5 courses)

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