There’s nothing I like more on a weekday than heading out for a post work cheap eat with a gal pal and having a good old gossip! The babes at Jamie’s Italian* obviously knew this about me so invited me down to their Angel branch to try out their new Super Lunch menu, which is available Monday to Friday, 12 – 6pm, so perfect for a weekday fun lunch or an early dinner. Bring on the carbs!
It was quite quiet when we arrived at half five, but soon filled up once the nearby offices had all packed up home for the night. My friend Rachelle and I settled down into a nice booth and perused the menu, deciding that as it had been a tough day at work we should probably go all out and get three courses for £14.95 (after all, two courses are £12.95 so what’s £2 for a big plate of sweet goodness?!) For a set menu we were really impressed with the options available but were a bit surprised not to find a pizza on there. We decided a cocktail would be the best way to help us decide what to eat so I ordered a Jamie’s Mojito (£7.25) – Bacardi Carta Blanca rum and Martini Bianco with lime juice and agarve syrup topped with Jamie’s Prosecco. Delicious! Rach doesn’t drink and was really impressed with the selection of mocktails on offer, selecting a Berry Blast (£3.70) – strawberry and passion fruit purée shaken up with lemon, sugar syrup and cranberry juice.
We were both totally torn over what to have for dinner, so we took the advice of our lovely server! I started with the Frito Misto – crispy fried sustainable fish and squid tossed in fennel-spiced flour with garlic and lemon aioli. It was amazing! I couldn’t believe how big the portion was (especially as we were on a set menu – I swear sneaky restaurants usually give you smaller portions when making the most of a deal!! Not the case here AT ALL – it was huge!) The fish was really light and fluffy, the squid nice and tender, and it was all coated in a subtly spiced crumb giving it a satisfyingly crunchy texture.
Rachelle chose the Truffle Tagliatelle for her starter – Jamie’s famous handmade pasta served in creamy black truffle butter with aged Parmesan, nutmeg and more shaved black truffle. NOM! Again, the portion size was huge – especially as the deal we were taking advantage of is actually the lunch offer! It was very rich and decadent, but with loads of flavour.
On to the main courses! My turn for a pasta now – Tagliatelle Bolognaise – a true classic! I wouldn’t normally choose this at a restaurant as I think it’s done so easily at home, but our waiter had assured me, I could never make it as good as this one! And he was right – it was AMAZING! The pasta was cooked perfectly, with a slight al dente bite to it and the sauce was really rich with plenty of meat in it. The dish was also topped with crunchy herby breadcrumbs which I would most certainly not have added if making at home but I’ll definitely be trying to emanate going forward! They were such a great addition – bringing crunch and a really herby hit which enhanced the other flavours of the dish. SO GOOD!
Rach fancied the Italian Steak and Fries (£2 surcharge) which was char-grilled and served with herby garlic butter, skinny fries and a fresh horseradish and rocket salad. The steak was cooked to order and had that amazingly smokey grilled flavour and the chips were deliciously salty.
Feeling pretty full to bursting we had a little breather to hope our food babies went down enough for us to order dessert. We each had a Refresher non alcoholic cocktail (£3.70) – fresh lemon juice, elderflower cordial and cranberry juice topped with lemonade. This was a great shout as it really was so refreshing and nice and light so didn’t add to the feeling we could well explode, with a touch of sweetness to get us ready for COURSE 3 – BRING ON THE PUD!
There was a clear winner on the dessert menu for me – I mean, fresh fruit is nice and all if you’re into that kinda thang, but for me, it had to be the EPIC BROWNIE! And my word, epic it was! Served warm, it was still beautifully soft and squidgy within but with a nice flaked crisp edge. It was topped with salted caramel ice cream which helped lift the heaviness of the brownie and cut through the sweetness slightly. To complete this work of art was a sprinkling of caramelised popcorn and a very big splash of chocolate sauce. Sweet mother of pearl, epic is the only word for it! I’m so glad I’m not a quitter and went for the three courses as this brownie was seriously incredible!
We had such a lovely evening at Jamie’s Italian. The food was amazing and such great value. I was feeling very full after my starter and main, so think if I came at lunch time to take advantage of the Super Lunch deal I would go for a main and dessert (I could never sacrifice that Epic Brownie!) The restaurant itself was really nice and bright and open, with loads of tables but without feeling on top of each other. They’ve got a nice big bar area too and Rach and I are already planning a summer Friday evening where we bring the other girls from work for cocktails (and probably an Epic Brownie or three!)
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