Jamie Oliver Italian Victoria – Fast Food at its worst – Stay Away!


We made a trip to England in December, decided it would be a good thing to introduce my son-in-law to family he’d never met because not everyone made it out to Colorado for the wedding.

As expected England was cold, and sometimes very wet, but it was a lovely worthwhile trip. We at great food in pubs and restaurants. “M” on Victoria was fabulous. Great cocktails, fabulous food and incredible service. The pub grub and restaurants up north and in the midlands were amazing. I’ll tell you more about them in another blog. I want to dedicate this blog to Jamie Oliver’s Italian on Victoria.

Our reservation was made almost three months ago. We picked the food in advance from the celebration menu. I made a reservation for five people. It was supposed to be a perfect New Years Eve Meal before heading to the fireworks (which were Spectacular).

We were greeted by the hostess at the restaurant who didn’t say “Welcome to Jamie Oliver”, but said “We need the table by 8:30 so you need to finish your meal by then.”

“What” I’m almost sixty, and a traveling foodie who likes to dine in restaurants all over the US and Europe. I have never ever been greeted so rudely.

We were taken to a booth upstairs and when our waiter turned up to take our order I explained to him I’d ordered everything for our table back in September, including the wine. He looked confused! Eventually the food started to arrive. My smoked salmon was just OK (how hard is it to put salmon on a plate?) No one was impressed with their appetizers, which were a bad start to a terrible meal. The wine eventually came and WAS NOT what I ordered. I can’t drink Sauvignon Blanc, it’s too acidic for me, but that’s what they brought me. A carafe of cheap undrinkable wine.

Main course. Mine was pan-fried cod floating is a sludgy mass of something green! Not good, but perhaps the best of the five main courses we were served. Everything looked like warmed up congealed leftovers , with exception to the vegetables. They were burnt beyond recognition. The Tiramisu Pavlova, ordered for dessert by two people in our party was inedible. You get the drift. We paid over two hundred pounds for this disaster.

Yes I complained, no they didn’t care.

Mr. Oliver, I’ve watched you on television for several years, you are quite a star here in America, but I will no longer be a fan or waste my time on your shows. In my opinion you have put your name to this restaurant as a money-making machine and nothing else. I don’t eat fast foods, but in my opinion, your restaurant in Victoria is an overpriced fast food restaurant (very overpriced for the slop you serve). As a chef, you should be ashamed of yourself.

My advice to anyone wanting a nice meal. Go to “M” which is close by, has great ambiance, and serves good food. Or save your pennies and go to Gordon Ramsay’s Maze where you aren’t herded in like cattle and you’ll be served a meal you’ll remember for the rest of your life, for the right reasons.

Daily Gripe, Restaurant Review and Birthday Treat.

Alright, my daily complaint is…..I HATE job hunting. It takes up so much time. Also it takes so very long for anyone to get back to you. It’s a waiting game. I dread checking my emails because I don’t want to read that one that says. Thank you for your interest, but the position has been filled.

Today was a gorgeous day in Colorado, over seventy degrees, a perfect day for a walk, so thats just what I did. I walked four miles, breathed in the warm January air and enjoyed the mountains. Doesn’t get much better.

This evening I drove downtown and had dinner with my daughter and son-in-law. I was impressed with the restaurant, so I am going to give it a review. We stopped for drinks in a Prosecco bar, which was very good, and then we ate in Work and Class. I’ve heard so much about this restaurant and finally got to try it. Lots of small plates and delicious appetizers. We shared goat, 1/2 jerk chicken and lamb. Each dish was cooked to perfection. All very different and delicious flavors. The sides we chose were cheesy polenta, Brussel sprouts and fried plantain. Yum! Seriously! We had three different salads for appetizers and then for dessert, my son-in-law had the butterscotch pudding, which he said was to die for. Work and Class is in the new and exciting RiNo district, an extension of LoDo and well worth visiting. A perfect place to be on a warm evening in January. It helped me to forget my stressful search for jobs….also my daughter paid! It was my Birthday Treat.


We tried this delicious appetizer!










This was all a great distraction from my daily routine of job hunting. Back to reality tomorrow.