Have you ever eaten at Jamie’s Italian?
We ate as a family at Jamie’s Italian Nottingham, in the city centre branch on the edge of the Creative Quarter.
It was quite consistently excellent. The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, the waiting staff were polite and attentive and, crucially, the food was delicious.
We started with bread while we waiting for our mains to arrive: fresh, tasty and served with a pot of zingy chilli jam.
Mark opted for steak from the Specials board. It was dry-aged and served medium rare as requested. Mark was thoroughly happy with this dish, which came with a pepper salad on top and a side of triple cooked crinkle cut potato chips. Delicious.
My choice was the porcini fettucine, hand made and dressed with wild mushrooms, mascarpone, garlic, white wine, lemony gremolata, Parmesan & herby breadcrumbs. The sauce and seasoning was pretty flawless – not too greasy or claggy but also with enough punch to keep me interested to the last bite. The handmade pasta was a little stuck together, but not so much as to be off-putting.
Miss J (3) went for a safe option, fish and chips. It was great to see that they were made with a variety of sustainable fish fillets, lightly dusted with breadcrumbs & baked until golden. They were served with lemony yoghurt & baked crinkle-cut wedges. Miss J was delighted.
Jamie’s Italian is also one of the few restaurants serving kids meals with the option of a smaller knife and fork, which gives Miss J more independence at the table and makes a difference to everyone’s enjoyment of the meal. Goodness knows why all chains don’t follow suit.
JD (7) opted for this pasta bake from the kids’ menu, which he chose by peering through a View Master – very retro!
There were more breadcrumbs on the pasta and less sauce than expected, which meant JD found it quite dry. The waitress offered to swap it for some spaghetti bolognese (also on the kids’ menu) to which JD gratefully agreed and wolfed down.
Feeling greedy, we opted for a number of sides. These polenta chips were the hero of the meal, I think. Perfectly fluffy inside, perfectly crispy outside and seasoned with parmesan and rosemary. Truly wonderful. I’d go back just for them.
These were the Seasonable Vegetables, sliced, chargrilled & marinated in herby olive oil. What you get on your plate obviously varies through the year, but these were pepped up nicely with a little candied lemon peel.
For dessert JD played it safe with ice cream, while Miss J and Mark shared the Epic Brownie, a gorgeously warm, fudgy brownie with vanilla ice cream & caramelised popcorn. Note: it’s a pretty huge portion, so not one to opt for if you’re already stuffed.
I selected the Amalfi lemon meringue cheesecake for dessert. It’s a baked mascarpone & lemon cheesecake topped with Italian meringue, served with lemon curd & blackcurrants – a perfectly balanced, stunningly tasty dessert that I am craving as I write.
The meal came to around £18.50 per person for a bread starter, two courses, two sides and a round of drinks, which puts it on the more expensive side of the high street chains by just a smidge, but as an occasional treat it’s well worth it.
We ate as guests of Jamie’s Italian