It’s not often that Nick and I get quality time together alone, nor do we go for a regular date night at the moment, so when the lovely folk at Jamie’s Italian asked us whether we’d like to review their Brighton restaurant we were more than happy to oblige! Jamie’s Italian has always been one of my favourite Brighton restaurants; we usually go there for celebrations and Nick asked my Mutti for my hand in marriage over lunch there, so it’s a place that holds memories.
With Busby safely in Nursery, and Nick the day off, we headed into Brighton on the bus, excited to see what our lunch date would hold. I was hoping for prosecco and Nick was hoping for something tasty for pudding.
When we arrived we were greeted with a friendly smile and asked where we’d like to sit; with the sun shining we requested a seat on the beautiful terrace outside. We were brought two glasses of Jamie’s Italian prosecco, which is delicious. It’s light and peary, and goes down very easily!
We chose to share a starter; Margherita Aracini Balls, which were deep fried risotto balls with mozarella melted inside and the most delicious tomato chilli sauce. As you can see we may* have started munching before I took a photo… (*definitely did)
The balls were delicious and light, and the chilli sauce was beautiful with just the right amount of heat.
Although the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful, food did take a while to arrive on the table. This was fine as we weren’t in a hurry, but we did get a bit hungry in between dishes!
For our mains Nick ordered my favourite; a classic prawn chilli linguine.
I had one of the specials, which was a bianco pizza. The bianco pizza was tomato-less with a white base of mozzarella and cheddar, pulled pork, green pesto and apple.
Both dishes were good, although we both agreed that they were lacking in flavour:
- Nick’s dish could have done with a bit more seasoning… and more garlic! The heat from the chilli was lovely though.
- I found my dish rather bland and, sadly, no flavours jumped out at me. In the end I asked for some chilli oil to drizzle on the pizza and this improved the dish greatly. I was really quite disappointed with my pizza; a tomato base would have improved it, and would have added a hint of sweetness that I just didn’t get from the apple.
We also had another one of my favourites on the side: polenta chips! These were full of flavour! Hurrah!
Our favourite part of the meal was definitely the pudding! Nick ordered the tiramisu, which I may* have pinched half of (*definitely did). The depth of orange that came through the chocolate and coffee was amazing and it went perfectly with my cappuccino.
Overall, the food was good, although I do feel the dishes have gone downhill since they first opened; Italian food is all about flavour and we found our main courses quite bland. Thankfully our meal was saved by the amazing starter and pudding! The staff were fantastic, friendly and incredibly helpful.
Best of all, Nick and I had some quality time together!
Thank you to the lovely staff at Jamie’s Italian Brighton for having us – we will definitely be back, if just for the tiramisu!