I have a lifestyle post for you today, more specifically a review of the incredible Jamie’s Italian Restaurant in Manchester. Myself and Tiz were very kindly invited along as guests to try out the amazing food on offer, and being a huge fan of Italian food (and, let’s face it, food in general) I just couldn’t resist. However, please rest assured that my review, like all of the reviews I post on my blog, is totally honest and a true account of our visit to the restaurant.
As soon as we arrived, we were met by the lovely front of house team, who were incredibly friendly and accommodating. The building itself is stunning, and on our walk upstairs to our balcony seats we were told a little about the location’s history – it was an old bank, and as a history geek I was fascinated to see how well they’d preserved its amazing features whilst converting it into the restaurant. Once seated we were served by the lovely and knowledgable Anthony, who was brilliant throughout our visit.
Let’s start with my meal, which was of course meat-free…
Top left was my starter – Stuffed Chestnut Mushrooms. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the best starter I have ever had in my life. At one point, I actually said to Tiz, “If I could only eat one thing again in my whole life, it would be this dish!”. The flavours were out of this world, and I would actually go back to Jamie’s for this alone. My main course, top right, was the Gnudi (stuffed with ricotta, which was gorgeous). I opted for the small portion on Anthony’s recommendation but got an extra side dish, and I’m so glad I did. The dish was very rich but SO delicious, and I could enjoy the flavours without being overwhelmed. The chips I chose were made with fresh garlic and parsley and were, again, amazing. Tiz and I shared our sides (I’ll talk about the second one in a minute!). For dessert, I had the Chocolate Brownie with Salted Caramel Ice Cream. The brownie was lovely, but the ice cream made it for me – one of the most incredible flavours I’ve ever tasted.
On to Tiz’s rather fishy meal…
Tiz opted for the Crab and Avocado Bruschetta to start (top left) – whilst eating it, he didn’t actually speak to me as he was so engrossed in the flavours, and when he finished eating he was basically speechless. He adored the dish, and was as impressed as I was with how the meal started. Anthony had described the Sea Bass with Orange and Fennel Salad (top right) special main course, and Tiz couldn’t resist. He paired it with the Broccoli and Spinach side which we shared, and it was full marks once again. He loves sea bass with a passion, and enjoyed every mouthful, and I can confirm that the greens were absolutely wonderful too! He chose the Apricot Frangipane for dessert and a had a cheeky mouthful – it was divine. I’d have it myself any day!
Just a note on the wine we chose (in the top photo) – it was a Merlot described as having a cherry-pie flavour, and it certainly did! It was delicious, and the most perfect accompaniment to our meal I could have hoped for. Tiz and I end up eating out a lot, as we live in the city centre and there are so many amazing places on offer, but I really do have to make a bold statement: I cannot remember having a meal where I have enjoyed each and every course SO much in my life. There’s always usually one bum note, but at Jamie’s everything was spot on. I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone! Huge thumbs up to Jamie Oliver too – I’m not sure how often he visits the venue but I’m sure he’d be as impressed as we were with how it’s being run!
Have you ever visited Jamie’s Italian? What did you think?