I’m a food lover and my friends will tell you that I’m always found munching away on something! So when the guys at Jamie’s Italian invited me down for a meal I couldn’t say no. I’d spent weeks eyeing up the menu so here’s how it went down.
The Experience. We arrived at the Newcastle branch and were promptly shown to our table upstairs, within a few minutes we were browsing the menu with drinks in hand. I love the atmosphere of the Jamie’s Italian restaurants, with Pinterest worthy rustic decor and top notch background music, James Blake anyone?
The staff were extremely helpful and able to perfectly explain everything on the menu, useful when like me you’re not informed about Italian dishes.
The Food. I took my family along with me, so of course I had a nibble of everyone’s meals, for reviewing purposes of course…
We dove straight in with a main course, I picked the Lamb Ragu Pasta from the specials board and I’d like to start a petition to Jamie Oliver himself to put this on the permanent menu as it was absolutely delicious. A rich tomato sauce flavoured lightly with chilli and garlic was stirred throughout al dente tagliatelle pasta, with over-night oven cooked lamb chunks that were so incredibly tender. I unsurprisingly made a clean plate, and I don’t normally like lamb!
My mum went for the Sea Bass (again a special) served on a bed of seasonal greens and crushed potatoes. This dish was incredibly light and fresh, and of course cooked to perfection!
My sister picked the traditional Penne Carbonara and unfortunately the sauce was very runny and didn’t live up to the normal high standards of Jamie’s Italian. However the side of Funky Fries that she also ordered were divine, perfectly cooked (triple cooked I hear) and beautifully seasoned with salt, garlic and rosemary, I may have eaten most of them…
My step-dad ordered the Italian Steak Frites, which was a perfectly cooked featherblade steak served with skinny chips and kale slaw, not a single crumb was left.
There’s always room for pudding so we took a quick look at the dessert menu. I ordered the Amalfi Lemon Meringue Cheesecake, which comprised a crunchy biscuit base, an incredibly rich and creamy lemon cheesecake, topped with a sweet light Italian meringue. It was delicious and I could have eaten the whole thing several times over!
My sister and step-dad went for the Chocolate, Pear and Honeycomb Pavlova while my mum went for the Sour Cherry & Almond Tart. Seeing as I’m not a pear or almond fan I’ll have to leave the fact that not a single bit was left as testament to their deliciousness.
Overall my family and I had a great time at Jamie’s Italian, it was the perfect Easter holiday treat. I can’t wait for my next trip, fingers crossed the Lamb Ragu Pasta will have made it to the main menu by then!
*Jamie’s Italian invited me down & provided part payment for the meal*