The mid-week treat you don’t have to feel guilty about
Menu Review: Jamie’s Italian NEW Evening Favourite’s Menu
I was invited by Jamie’s Italian to come and review their new Evening Favourite’s Menu. Of course I said yes, anything to do with Italian cuisine and I’m there! Jamie’s Italian, offers good quality food, a great variety of dishes, and I knew I was in for a treat.
And what a lovely surprise it was, to find out that this menu means you can have a three-course dinner for £18.95! Bargain! This is the ideal menu for anyone who, like me, doesn’t want to feel guilty for going out for a meal. I always love when restaurants have offers like this as I know I can treat myself to a starter, main and dessert. I brought my lovely chum Rosie along for the three-course dinner.
Down to business… what we ate!
Mmm, yum! Even thinking about it all now makes my mouth water all over again. We decided to share two starters as we just couldn’t choose between the two. And these starters were incredible! I wish I could eat it everyday! We had the Tomato and Ricotta Bruschetta and the Truffle Tagliatelle. The bruschetta was topped with a whipped buffalo ricotta, sweet slow roasted tomatoes, basil and with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Sometimes, in other restaurants, they can skimp on the toppings on a bruschetta, but they definitely didn’t here. It was the perfect ratio of ricotta, tomato and toasted Italian bread.
Now the Truffle Tagliatelle… (I know what you’re thinking – very fancy – which is was). It was INCREDIBLE! This might be going a little over board but I really have never had anything like it before. We both said that we would both be happy if this dish was a main, we just wanted more and more of it, making it very diffcult to share! (Tip: Don’t share this dish with anyone!). The truffle flavour was delicious, it wasn’t too strong but had a strong enough hint of truffle flavour. If you are not a massive mushroom fan like me, don’t be put off, try it! Especially if you haven’t tried truffle before.
There was a good amount of pasta, but not too much as it was a starter. The tagliatelle was tossed in a light truffle sauce and decorated with a few truffle shavings, as well as a good amount of parmesan cheese. The ultimate indulgence!
For the main course we had one of Jamie’s artisan pizzas and their famous prawn linguine. The pizza was great, as a huge pizza lover I am very fussy about pizzas. My version of a perfect pizza is a good amount of sauce, a good thickness easy enough to cut into, and a cheese full of flavour. This pizza ticked all those boxes.
As soon as it arrived I thought “Yes, I can even see there is a good amount of tomato sauce on that pizza”. Easy to cut into, you can find some places that make pizzas so hard on the bottom you are struggling to cut into it, but not here. Even though the pizza was a margerita, which was some might think is “boring” (not for tomato sauce lovers like me) it was topped with Italian herbs which gave the cheese a lovely rich flavour.
Rosie had the famous prawn linguine. At first I wasn’t sure if I would like it, I didn’t know if it would be too fishy, however I was pleasantly surprised. The pasta was tossed in a tomato fish broth, which offered the perfect amount of fish flavour and fennel, saffron and chilli complemented the overall flavour of the dish.
I would to say to anyone looking at this dish not to be put off by the strong flavours listed on the menu. It was delicious!
Finally, the dessert, this was a hard choice to make! I had the Vin Santo Tiramisu and Rosie had the Baked White Chocolate Cheesecake. Again, this menu had a great selection of puddings which made it very hard to choose. I swear we sent the waitress away twice as we just couldn’t make our minds up!
Now, this might be a bit much but honestly, THIS WAS THE BEST TIRAMISU I HAVE EVER HAD. The combination of dark and white chocolate shavings on top and a sprinkle of fresh orange zest tasted amazing with the creamy coffee dessert! I didn’t even think of putting orange with tiramisu but it really added a lovely fruity flavour. Sometimes tiramisu can be quite heavy and sometimes too sweet, but this dessert was surprisingly light, the whipped filling and the coffee soaked sponge was perfect. Adding the chocolate shavings and orange zest on top was a stroke of genius!
Rosie’s Baked White Chocolate cheesecake was delicious too. Jamie’s Italian offer classic, traditional dishes but seem add a slight twist to them. The cheesecake was accompanied with fresh raspberries, a drizzle of raspberry compote, and broken up amaretti giving it a sweet almond taste. The cheesecake was creamy and light, with a hint of white chocolate.
I really think we might have to go back and have it all again! Or maybe go back multiple times because I want to try nearly everything on this new menu. One thing I would love Jamie’s Italian to do, in relation to the desserts, is to offer small tasters of all four puddings on one plate. As it really was too hard to choose between them all. But if not, well, I guess we’re going to have to have two desserts each!
This menu offers a selection of traditional Italian dishes with a contemporary twist. It really is amazing value to get, a normal portion size, three-course meal for £18.95, and I’m not just saying that. This menu would be great for occasions out, especially if there are a large number of you dining, but also great for that mid-week treat!
Thanks for reading! I hope I have made you hungry for Italian food! I’m now off to plan my next visit to Jamie’s. I want to try their Super Lunch Menu – again, similar offer, two courses for £10.95. Or maybe I will just go back in to order another Vin Santo Tiramisu…