When Jamie's Italian asked me to review their new super lunch menu, I thought about it and was going to decline. But, I didn't. I decided to go with an open mind and see what they had to offer. I'm not completely ANTI chains - I enjoy Wagamama, I love Byron and I've had some lovely food at Jamie's Italian in London's Westfield so, lets give this a bash and see what happens.
Cue a gloriously sunny Friday afternoon. Because it was technically the weekend, we kicked things off with cocktails - Aperol Spritz (staying true to Italia) and a gin and elderflower Amalfi Collins. First impressions = good.
We went for some pork scratchings to nibble on whilst we decided what to eat. They weren't the best I've ever had but the cinnamon heavy apple sauce complimented them well. If I'm honest, you can't 'posh up' a scratching. I want them in a greasy bag, too salty and just that little bit gross looking.
Dave ate from the new 2 course £10.95 super lunch menu - available 12-6pm Monday to Friday. I ate from the normal menu. To start we had the Truffle Tagliatelle from the lunch menu and Primavera Bruschetta from the main menu.
Without sounding like a total knob, I've eaten amazing truffle pasta so many times in Tuscany that I was scoffing that Jamie's version couldn't possibly come anywhere close. Turns out, actually, it could. The tagliatelle had bite and the sauce was simple - salty, buttery, with plenty of truffle oil and a healthy amount shaved on top. Truly surprising, especially considering this starter was an option on the two course £10.95 menu.
For our mains, I went for the Spicy Sausage Casarecce (again from the main menu) - pork and fennel sausage rage with herby breadcrumbs and parmesan. Dave had the Italian Steak and Chips from the lunch menu. a chargrilled British steak dressed with parmesan shavings, horseradish and a dressed rocket salad. Accompanied by crispy fries and loads of garlic butter.
|My 'yeah ok, it's pretty good' face.|
Each restaurant is decorated in keeping with the building and they stick to traditional recipes using high quality and authentic ingredients. For me, as long as they don't get greedy and let standards slip, I can honestly say I would definitely return to Jamie's Italian Bristol and would consider visiting their other restaurants elsewhere on my travels.
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*I was invited to dine at Jamie's Italian and we did not pay for our meal but it would have totalled just under £50 for two cocktails, one lunch deal and one starter and main. However, as I hope you'd know by now, all thoughts and opinions are my own*