Review - Jamie's Italian

Wed 26 Feb 2014 - posted by Jess

I was lucky enough to go to Jamie's Italian with a very handsome young gentleman last week and it was the best meal I've had in quite some time!

We had a 20 minute wait so we sat at the bar and I flashed my Jamie's gold loyalty card at the barman. This entitled both of us to a free cocktail...result! We both has a 

Rossini which is a glass filled with red berry puree topped with Prosecco... Mmmmm!

We were feeling fairly hungry so opted to skip starters and go straight for mains. I opted for the Pumpkin Panzerotti which is pasta filled with roasted squash, ricotta & Parmesan, in a pumpkin, chilli & rosemary butter with smashed amaretti. The pasta was fresh and the flavours really hit your taste buds in all the right places!

My 'date' chose the British Lamb Lollipops.

Looking nowhere near a childish as the name suggests this gargantuan meal of lamb chops grilled under a brick with a pickled mint, tarragon & red onion salad, toasted nuts & a lemony yoghurt dressing is not for the faint hearted. The lamb was beautifully tender and mixed with the yoghurt dressing just improved the flavours even more.

We both chose to have a side of Jamie's famous Polenta Chips with a garlic mayonnaise to dip. I was a bit surprised by these as I've had them before and they are more chip shaped, whereas this time they came out the size of bricks. They still tasted AMAZING though!

By this point we had both made our way through 2 of our favourite drinks each... the ginger mojito! Normally I'm a huge advocate of alcohol at dinner but these alcohol-free alternatives taste so fresh you can't help but love them.

For dessert  we always have very conflicting views. For me a warm fudgy brownie with amaretto ice cream & caramelised amaretti popcorn. Whilst Jack indulged in something a bit 

sweeter, the Autumn Ripped Pavlova, Zesty cream, limoncello-soaked fruits & smashed hazelnut praline.

Needless to say we were both suitable full by this point and needed to go and have a well deserved lie down.

With a child-friendly atmosphere and a huge menu with several sharing options available too, I'd definitely recommend Jamie's as a great place for any family to head this Mother's Day.

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