Jamie’s Italian is one of our favourite places to eat out as a family; the food quality is always fantastic, and they cater marvellously for children. However, since moving to Yorkshire we’ve not had the opportunity to visit a local Jamie’s (we very conveniently lived a short bus ride away from the Brighton restaurant), so I was over the moon to be asked to review the York branch, and we excitedly headed there for lunch on Bank Holiday Monday!
Jamie’s Italian in York is in a gorgeous, slightly hidden location, almost opposite the famous Betty’s Tea Room. The restaurant interior is stunning – a mix of industrial and modern – and there are tables to eat outside in the courtyard if you wish. It was sadly rather cold on the day we visited, so we sat next to one of the huge windows (a big blogging “YAAAS!” from me for the natural light) inside.
Busby was given a children’s activity pack, crayons and a fun slideshow menu! She got stuck in right away, and never had a bored moment. As I’ve said above, children are always so well looked after at Jamie’s Italian, and she loved showing us the menu through the view finder. We love being able to eat out with the kids – and well-thought out activities and entertainment always make the experience easier and more enjoyable!
Our experience began with prosecco (as all good experiences do); I love Jamie’s prosecco – it’s peary and light, and absolutely delicious. Nick opted for the (non-alcoholic) ginger mojito, which was very refreshing. Busby had an orange juice – which came with the kids menu.
We were asked to review the new Super Lunch Menu which costs £10.95 for two courses, or £12.95 for three. A complete bargain in my opinion! There isn’t a kids equivalent Super Lunch Menu, so Busby and H-Bear had the children’s menu, which costs £6.50 (for littles like H-Bear) and £6.95 (for Busby) and consists of a main course, a salad and a drink.
Nick and I both had the Truffle Tagliatelle for our starter, which was utterly divine. The truffle flavour running through the dish was beautiful and not over-powering in the slightest, and the pasta was cooked to perfection and wonderfully buttery. Yum! I think we could have eaten that for all three courses!
For our main course, I opted for the steak (which has a £2 supplement); it came with garlic butter, rocket and chips. It was delicious, although could have done with being slightly more pink, as it was such a thin cut – it was a touch overdone.
Nick had Gennaro’s Chicken Club, which was very tasty! He was very happy with his choice (he almost had the steak too), and the flavours were perfect. The Chicken Club didn’t come with any sides, so he opted for our favourite – polenta chips – which weren’t as good as they usually are unfortunately. I think they could do with being smaller, as some of the flavour gets lost in the blandness of the polenta in the bigger chips.
Busby and H-Bear both had the Happy Chicken Lollipops from the Kids Menu. Our Waiter was fantastic dealing with H-Bear’s dairy and soya allergy, and confirmed with the kitchen exactly what H-Bear could eat from the menu, and then reminded the kitchen when the order went through to prevent cross contamination. Both children gobbled up the lollipops – and H-Bear also demolished the salad.
Nick and I were feeling very full by the time we had finished our first two courses, but there’s always room for dessert, so we decided to share the Chocolate Brownie, which came with salted caramel ice-cream and caramelised popcorn (I mean, who could resist that??). It was HUGE and absolutely divine. All of the flavours matched perfectly, and it went so well with our lattes.
Busby chose chocolate ice cream for her pudding (children’s puddings range from £1-£1.50), and she relished in every single lick! Nom!
We had a wonderful experience at Jamie’s Italian in York. The service was a little on the slow side – especially when we were trying to leave with two tired children – but they were very busy as it was Bank Holiday Monday, so it was understandable. We will definitely be visiting again; the Super Lunch Menu is fantastic value for money, and we left with full bellies, feeling very content and happy after a delicious meal.