We didn’t really know what to expect from Paesan. We knew it was an Italian restaurant that had recently opened, but other than that we didn’t know much at all. We decided to go for lunch and find out what they’re all about.
The area around Exmouth market is blessed with some excellent restaurants in the area (we particularly like Morito) and it therefore takes some gutzpah to open a new restaurant on the cobbled streets of Exmouth. Paesan focuses on rustic Italian dishes and follows the popular mantra of constructing mostly sharing dishes.
When we visited Paesan we tried the following dishes:
- Proscuitto di Parma, salami and burrata (7.5/10)
- Crochette Schiacciatina (7/10)
- Dandelion salad (8/10)
- Sardine bruschetta (7.5/10)
- Rabbit pappardelle (6.5/10)
- Liguini vongole (7/10)
- Fritto misto (7/10)
- Amalfi sorbet (7/10)
While none of the dishes disappointed, none of the dishes stood out either. The best dish was the dandelion salad, but to be honest none of the dishes were memorable like the thought of dishes at, for instance, Zucca or Bocca di Lupo linger on in your mind for months after you’ve eaten their. Paesan is therefore an ok option if you’re in the area (although we vastly prefer Morito if we want to have some casual sharing plates), but not worth travelling for.
The total bill at Paesan came to £95 (including service charge, 2 coffees and 4 soft drinks).
Food rating for Paesan: 7/10
Service rating for Paesan: 7/10
Overall rating for Paesan: 7/10
(Overall rating is based on personal taste, opinion of the ambiance and price)