Jamie’s Italian on Manchester’s King Street has been open for around six months. I was very impressed by my first visit (at one of the ‘soft openings’ - see here) but I was interested to see how well they would maintain these standards. I have been back several times, mostly just for drinks and nibbles but a few times for food – each time, I have been happy enough with the food and service.
What they say: Jamie's Italian features fantastic, rustic dishes, using recipes that Jamie Oliver loves! Jamie's Italian is inspired by Italy and many of its traditions and values.
What I ate:
Wild Mushroom Panzerotti Filled with porcini & brown caps, chilli, thyme, ricotta & Parmesan – I enjoyed this dish but would have liked the chilli to have been a little more prominent.
Wild Rabbit Tagliolini: slow-cooked ragù with garlic & herbs, mascarpone & Amalfi lemon – despite what on paper should be quite bold flavours, I found this dish bland and the meat overcooked and dry; not great. Certainly not the best dish I have ever been served at Jamie’s.
Food high points: I love the Posh Chips and Famous Polenta Chips and always order some.
Food low points: Despite not particularly enjoying the rabbit dish, calling it a ‘low point’ would be a bit harsh. I generally find Jamie’s decent enough and good value for money.
Décor / ambience: the venue is wonderful… Jamie’s may not serve the best Italian food in the city but it’s worth going for the venue alone.
Service: despite asking to sit out of the way on one of the otherwise empty balconies, the waitress made regular passes and saw to all my needs politely, cheerily and swiftly.
Verdict (Would I return?): there are a lot of Italian restaurants in Manchester; I find some better than Jamie’s but most are worse – for that reason, I’m sure I’ll be back (If only for the architecture and the Polenta chips!)