‘A place to share simple and honest food’? Well, Paesan at Exmouth Market sure don’t let on that there is something very extraordinary about them. Serving you true Italian peasant dishes, lovingly prepared and created, and in a most inspiring place. Paesan were nominated for Restaurant & Bar Awards as well as shortlisted for menu of the year, doing it all with the simple yet magic formula of aperitivo, small plates, pasta, carne and pesce.
Italian food was meant to be enjoyed by everyone. There’s nothing fancy about a plate of wonderful hot pasta – just culinary bliss. And for all you true lovers of authentic Italian cuisine there is Paesan, a restaurant at Exmouth Market that manage to show their true colours in the name (paesan meaning peasant in Italian). Serving you a tantalizing array of ‘simple and humble food’, Paesan will wow you with a stripped-back, truly rustic Italian experience as well as a culinary experience that’s nothing short of wonderful.
Paesan at Exmouth Market are proud to have a passion for both family and food. The menu of Paesan is inspired by people’s favourite family dishes, the history behind these meals and what they mean to them. That’s why at Paesan, you will feel that your hosts love looking at food, eating food, cooking and sharing food with friends and family – it’s an absolutely immersing atmosphere, and the exceptional design earned them a nomination for Restaurant & Bar Awards, their menu earned a shortlisting for menu of the year. About all that being simple? Well, you know…
It was pretty good. Here are some utterly pointless filler words to get to the minimum required in order to post this review. Good night.
As always, super food and great staff. The menu had changed since the last time I was there but still very good. If you are looking for authentic Italian food with decent wine and great service, Paesan fits the bill.
We had a very relaxed Sunday lunch for a party of eight. Friendly service, the food was simply presented but distinctive and good value for the quality. Would definitely go back.
Amazing customer service and incredible food. Happy hour 5-8 is also a bonus! I have been here countless times and highly recommend it to all my friends
Third visit to Paesan and it managed to remedy a disastrous birthday night-out from the previous evening. It's exactly what I go there for - authentic, tasty food with a casual atmosphere and friendly staff. The service is timely and yet relaxed and I always leave with buzzing tastebuds and a full belly! I love that the menu is seasonal so you get slight changes and rotations to keep it fresh. Never actually been to the late-bar downstairs but it's great that there's the two separate options. Highly recommended if you want to sample authentic regional Italian dishes :)
Had an early pre-theatre dinner here on a Monday night. As usual, we were treated as if we were invited guests of the house. The service was subtle but exceptional, and the food--as always--was terrific (sea bass, vongole, risotto on this visit were all first-rate). I've eaten here half a dozen times since 2014, and at every visit I've left thinking, "Paesan is even better than I remember!" This is the place for a top-notch dining experience at a relatively affordable cost, and service aimed directly at making customers feel appreciated, first and foremost.
This is the second time I've been to Paesan having initially hesitated because of the Observer review but the service has been extraordinary both times, and the food is simply excellent. I've now had the mussels, the tagliata steak and watched two different dining partners devour the papardelle ragu. Highly recommend the sicillian white (recommended by the waiter) and if you're feeling totally indulgent - a side of french fries cooked in truffle oil with a smear of dolcellate will be the best cheesy chips you've ever eaten.
Paesan is a lovely restaurant. The service was great, staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Food was delicious, the menu has a lot of different dishes to choose from. The bar downstairs also has a happy hour until 8pm, where you are able to go before hand and bring your drinks up to the restaurant. The atmosphere was really relaxing, music and lighting was just right.
I'm a big fan of Paesan, and this time again the food was great, service was good. Very veggie friendly, as long as you are happy with a lot of cheese! It's pretty loud, but that was ok. A bit of a mess up with dessert which was a shame - they apologised and took my dessert off the bill without me asking, but it took a while to explain why I wasn't happy to be eating my dessert at a different time from everyone else.
First time in Paesan, really impressed by the place, and the quality of food and drinks. There is not much to choose in terms of Pasta, but the dishes were great. Couldn't say no to the happy hour! The drinks were very good and affordable. The staff were nice and friendly. Would definitely come back!