I've never tried Jamie's Italian before, it's a restaurant that I’ve heard so many good things about but when most of your family are quite fussy eaters, you tend to just stick to where you know. So when the opportunity to go to my local Jamie's Italian in Liverpool One to try their new Super Lunch Menu landed in my inbox, I jumped at the chance and brought my friend Ellen along with me.
Our table was booked for 2pm and although we did arrive a little earlier, we were seated pretty quickly. I was a little fussy and asked if we could swap tables - only because the first table was quite small, we was surrounded by quite a few people and as I knew I would be getting my camera out to take photos for this post I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable nor did I want people watching me thinking I was a bit strange but they moved us no problem, which I was really grateful for.
The restaurant itself was really nice; it has quite an Italian rustic yet modern feel to it, which I felt was quite fitting. It also has quite dimmed lighting which I felt gave it a really nice, chilled ambience to the place. I feel like we choose the perfect time of day to go because even though it was busy, it wasn't so busy that you felt rushed.
The staff seemed really friendly, greeting everyone who came in the door and I’m kicking myself for not getting the name of our waitress as she was really friendly and attentive. She timed everything really well and I never felt rushed between courses, nor was we left waiting. She was very helpful and her customer service was excellent.
The Super Lunch Menu is available 12 til 6, Monday to Friday - its a really good amount of time because a lot places end their lunch deals quite early so i'm really impressed by this especially because it leaves that menu option available for people who might not be able to go during the typical lunch hours.
We decided to go all out with for our Super Lunch and opted for three courses for £12.95! For our Starter we both opted for the Pâté Bruschetta; I’ve never actually had Pâté before so I didn't really know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised, I did enjoy it and I really liked the bruschetta and pancetta too. I found the Pâté flavour was a bit too strong for me, but Ellen enjoyed it a lot.
To accompany our meals we just opted for soft drinks, Ellen had a Diet Coke and I had their homemade lemonade which was tasty and refreshing - this is the perfect drink for a really hot summery day.
For Mains; Ellen went with the Italian Steak and Fries, she said it was very tender and cooked to her liking and thought the herby garlic butter that came on top of the steak was delicious, she was not a big fan of the rocket though as there was no dressing on it, just some parmesan cheese.
For mine, I opted for the Genaro's Chicken Club; a chicken burger is always one of my go to meals when I go out to eat so it wasn't really a big surprise that I choose this. I'm really glad I did though as it was delicious, I really enjoyed it and the burger was really tasty, I did get a surprise when I bit into a whole jalapeno that was sitting in the middle though so a little warning if you go for this burger but otherwise i really enjoyed it.
Both of us agreed that the skinny fries were amazing, especially dipped in mayonnaise; I’m not normally a massive lover of mayonnaise but Ellen asked for some and I decided to give it a try anyway and it was really tasty, I don't know what they do that's different but definitely ask for some mayonnaise to go with your fries - you won't be disappointed.
For dessert, I already knew exactly what I was going to pick because I’d been dreaming about it since the email landed in my inbox and I’d had a nosy at the menu - the Epic Brownie.
Oh my, this was amazing - the brownie paired with Salted Caramel Ice Cream and the Caramelised Popcorn was so good, the combination of flavours just worked together so well. It was the perfect indulgent treat. Ellen also ordered the Epic Brownie; she enjoyed it too but found it just got a little bit too sickly.
To finish off our lovely meal we decided to have a cheeky cocktail. Ellen went with an Amaretto Sours; a combination of Amaretto, lemon, sugar syrup & Angostura bitters - she found it was an unusual combination to how she normally drinks amaretto but the flavours went really well together and it was very refreshing.
I went for a Vanilla and Lemon Martini; a mixture of Vodka, lemon juice & homemade vanilla syrup shaken & served chilled - I’d say this is quite an acquired taste as the lemon is very overpowering. It almost taste like you're just drinking Lemon Juice, you can't really taste the vanilla or the Vodka. I did like it; I found it quite refreshing but I definitely think this was would be a love/hate kind of drink.
Overall, I really enjoyed myself at Jamie's Italian; it was a lovely setting, the food was delicious and the staff and service was good. I'm really happy I finally got to go and try Jamie's Italian and I would definitely consider going back especially for that brownie.
Have you tried Jamie's Italian?
**I was very kindly given a voucher for Jamie's Italian in exchange for a review