We all look forward to the weekends after a busy week at work. What better way to end a working week than to enjoy drinks and food with friends on a Friday evening? It seems like a while ago since I last did a foodie post on my blog. Last week I took a trip to Jamie’s Italian in Leeds with friends to check out their menu.
On arrival we were shown up to the restaurant seating area on the first floor, overlooking the bar. The restaurant was fairly quiet when we arrived at 5.30, but this soon changed as the evening progressed. Our drinks orders were taken promptly, all 3 of us decided on the moretti beer. We all opted to choose from the Super Lunch menu, 2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £13.95 which is available Monday to Friday 12-6pm. The staff were very attentive and their knowledge of the dishes on the menu was good, specially the daily specials, which we were offered.
For starter course Chris and myself chose the Silky Pate Bruschetta – Italian chicken-liver pate, pancetta, vin santo and parmesan.
The pate was very smooth, almost a bit mousse like, rich in flavour and I thought the portion size was about right for a starter. It was nice, but afterwards I did wish I’d of chosen the truffle tagliatelle instead!
Adam opted for the Fritto misto – Crispy fried fish and squid tossed in fennel spiced flour with garlic and lemon aioli.
I’ve not had calamari for years, but tried some for review purposes. I was surprised how good it was, light and flaky and the flavour not too strong, with nice crisp golden batter.
When have I been able to turn down a steak when it’s on the menu? So naturally I chose the Italian steak and fries – Marinated skirt steak, flash grilled and served with garlic butter, aged parmesan, slaw and fries.
Even though it was a thin cut of steak, it came cooked medium as requested. The garlic butter was a nice accompaniment to the steak and the slightly tangy coleslaw gave the dish balance.
Adam decided on the Oxtail Tagliatelle – Fresh pasta with slow cooked oxtail and chianti ragu, pangratto served with and parmesan.
Chris decided on the Vegetarian tagliatelle bolognese – Tomato, lentil and porchini ragu with garlic, pangrattato and parmesan.
I always feel like I need a sweet treat after a main course, the Epic brownie – served with proper chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream and caramelised popcorn caught my eye.
All 3 of us couldn’t resist trying the brownie! It was soft and gooey, just how you’d want a brownie to be. I’m not sure what the caramelised popcorn added to the dish though, other than different texture. The chocolate sauce was deliciously rich and the salted caramel ice cream was a nice contrast.
We all really enjoyed the food at Jamie’s Italian. For me, the super lunch menu offers good quality food at very affordable prices. I’d challenge you to find anywhere in Leeds that offers a better value Italian themed lunch menu! For me, the Super lunch menu really lives up to it’s name. I’d definitely return to try the evening menu.
Have you been to Jamie’s Italian? Let me know what you thought in the comments below.