Jamie's Italian, my oh my. Situated in the heart of Leeds City Centre, just a short walk from Trinity Shopping Centre and the Train Station, Jamie's Italian is definitely somewhere you want to stop by at on an empty stomach. With a classic and traditional design element incorporating several original features juxtaposed between an elegant and rustic feel, it's the perfect spot for a bite to eat (or several... honestly, those guys are fantastic with portion sizes).Whether you're a pasta lover wanting your full on a lunch break or you're looking for an Italian-style family meal, I guarantee, Jamie's has got ya covered.
I was kindly invited a few weeks back to sample their menu and there was no way I was about to turn down such an incredible opportunity. I decided to bring my other half and best friend along with her partner for a little mid-week treat and I think it went down superbly. Brownie points to me for being the best person ever right now. I'll be honest, it wasn't cheap, and I do believe in complete transparency... we did order hella amounts of food. We were kindly gifted a voucher which entitled us to some money off our final bill which definitely did give us the courage to go to town a little and really sample a little bit of everything on the menu. If you're looking for something a little more cheap and cheerful however, I 100% recommend checking out the Super Lunch menu. I'm drooling just thinking about it. We started with a round of drinks, the boys sampled the soft drinks while Beth and I decided to #TreatYoSelf. Beth had a cocktail while I stuck to my trusty mocktails and decided to sample the Berry Blast; Strawberry & passion fruit purée shaken up with lemon, sugar syrup & cranberry juice.
After a short browse of the menu, one thing was inevitable, we were 100%, without a doubt going to order starter... and I was already sold on the Ultimate Garlic Bread... I have never tasted anything quite like it before, and I'm beyond tempted to go back just for the Garlic Bread alone. Beth and Josh had the Arancini while Adam had the Mushroom Fritti which is a new dish to the restaurant; a herby breadcrumbed oyster mushroom with punchy garlic mayo. I'll be honest, mushrooms are the core of all evil in the world and while I wouldn't touch them with a bargepole, Adam seemed to enjoy them!
As delightfully mouthwatering as the starters were, it's the mains that are really something else. Beth decided to try out the Gnocchi Sorrentina which is a new vegetarian dish on the menu; organic potato gnocchi in slow-roasted tomato sauce with garlic, basil & baby mozzarella. Adam decided to try the "Porky" pizza which was basically delicious and a million types of different pork while Josh sampled from the Specials board. He ended up eating a Spicy Italian Sausage Pasta which again was just delightful. The steak, however, is what drew me in, with a side of hand cut crispy chips and homemade coleslaw, there was no way I was going to be able to resist. I'll definitely be going back, and I'll definitely be ordering the exact same thing again... not gonna lie.
I loved everything about Jamies Kitchen, the atmosphere was incredible, warm and welcoming with a rustic feel. The staff were beyond friendly and helpful, and very good at selling the specials too... I think all four of us were dribbling as our waiter talked us through the menu. I can not wait to go back and encourage Josh to try different plates so I can order my steak again and steal his food... sorry, not sorry.
A massive thank you to the lovely team at James Italian for inviting us along to sample the menu. I honestly loved every single mouthful and will definitely be visiting again in the very near future!