Restaurant Review: Jamie Oliver Budapest

GarwoodGrub has gone international! I visited Budapest not too long ago to watch my little sister’s gymnastics competition in Gyor, Hungary. The Italian restaurant is located in a bustling area of Budapest, next to tall churches, local shops, and stone pavements. Being in Europe and so close to Italy, I expected to have some of the best Italian food I have ever had. We had to try the prawns, lasagna, and bolognese since they were all our favorite Italian dishes.

The atmosphere at Jamie’s is fun, lively, elegant, modern, and vintage all at once. I felt like the interior was a cross between an Italian deli, American diner, and low light dining experience combined, depending on what time of the day you visit. The wait staff was so friendly and extremely accommodating, making recommendations, checking for quality, and generally making sure our visit was tasty and comfortable. The service alone would make me want to come back to visit, and that was before I tasted the food.

We all know, there is nothing like a perfectly cooked prawn. Large, flavorful, and a premium upgrade over shrimp, that can be paired with all the same foods. Our appetizer of prawns was served with toasted garlic rolls, sliced in half, topped with rosemary, and a sliced garlic chip. The prawns cooked in garlic and chili oils tasted fresh with low-key heat at the end. Rub them in the butter sauce at the bottom, and sprinkle some lemon juice makes it a perfect starter before your dive into mains.

Jamie Oliver Pizza The Parma

The pizza tasted great, fresh wood fire taste, creamy mozzarella, and a nice bite of freshness from the rocket on top. I was expecting a thin crust pizza that my English rave about, but the pizza still tasted good, just wasn’t something I’d fly to Budapest for again.

The Bolognese was amazing. I could taste every ingredient and the meat was seasoned perfectly. Think about your favorite pasta dish with the perfect amount of delicious sauce and just the right amount of meat to pasta ratio. Add some sprinkled Parmesan on top and you have one of the best Bolognese dishes I have had in a long time.

I am glad we stumbled upon JO Budapest, and I left feeling like I paid for a nice Italian dinner. Of all the places we visited this was the most down-to-earth restaurant with good food, a social vibe, and outside seating on a beautiful day. I would recommend going to Jamie Oliver’s restaurant if it’s close, but I wouldn’t make a trip of it. Although the old was good, I can’t say that it truly blew me away, except of course that bolognese.

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

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