Hidden along the beautiful cobbled hallways of Bath is a hidden little gem of a Greek restaurant serving homemade Mediterranean cuisine in the heart of the city.
Jars Meze sits discreetly down the hall from Northumberland Place and is a family run restaurant where the food is prepared by members of the Jars family originally from Corfu.
The restaurant has been open for six years but I hadn’t tried it yet, so I thought what could be better on a sunny day in Bath than to try some real Greek food. I was not deceived.
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I was greeted by a most hospitable owner/house manager who seated me at a lovely table in this rustic restaurant. The sun was shining and it felt like a vacation outside, if only.
There is a lovely atmosphere at Jars Meze, with Greek mandolin music adding to the Ionian feel. The menu is quite traditional with favorites like moussaka and Greek salad, hummus and tzatziki to choose from.
Greek Salad at Bath Jars Meze Greek Restaurant is delicious
It was lunch time so decided to try some small plates. My warm host told me that one of the best small dishes is the Rolo Gournounaki, a marinated port stuffed with vegetables, flavored with halloumi cheese and honey, simmered.
It was delicious, the meat was literally falling and so tender with wonderful flavor after being marinated and slow cooked for so long. There was enough for two to share.
I love authentic Greek salad, it’s so different when you get the real thing, and I was not disappointed with Jars Meze.
Everything was delicious, the olives were so good and the feta cheese so crumbly and chewy, and the tomatoes and red peppers ripe, soft and succulent. I would have this dish every day.
I also tried the Spanakopit, a filo pastry filled with feta and spinach. Again, it’s a pretty classic dish but all of these dishes taste so different when cooked by an authentic Greek chef. The pastry was lovely and crispy and the filling, the combination of wonderful feta and spinach was melt in your mouth.
There are beautiful Greek wines on the wine list. I opted for the Mol Je M’en Fous which was full-bodied but light with aromas of blackberries, raspberries, strawberries and flowers and a hint of pepper.
I was in paradise and if you closed your eyes you would think for everyone that you are on a Greek island, the mandolin playing in the distance. The only thing missing was the ocean and the fact that I had to get back to work.
Jars Meze really is a great little Greek restaurant in Bath, the reviews on Tripadvisor are superlative, it’s popular so you’ll need to book if you fancy trying it.
It’s good value, with small plates reasonably priced and the portions are generous. My meal including wine and a large bottle of sparkling water came to £34.70.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-25 04:00:00