Proving that misconceptions can totally astound you, Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Manchester has left a ridiculously positive, long lasting impression.
Jamie’s Italian in Manchester is nestled at the top of King Street, in the stunningly impressive Grade II listed building that used to be the former home of the Midland Bank. Convenient for a lunch break after a city centre shopping trip or break from work and right in the heart of the centre to enjoy a meal before a night on the town.
If you know when you would like to dine there… then book! Albeit Jamie’s Italian may be able to accommodate you without a booking, this is never guaranteed… use the booking system on the site to avoid disappointment!
All wood and tiled floors, there is no denying that the restaurant now occupies a former bank. Great lengths have been taken to keep with the tradition of the building and where else could you have a private dining experience in an original bank vault, complete with old safety deposit boxes?
Service was quick, friendly, informal and totally relaxed, something I was not prepared for. Water jugs were exchanged before we reached the end, servers were there, but not there… certainly not overbearing and there when we needed advice on the menu or further drinks. In fact our server, a really lovely guy was spot on with his recommendations and as such, ensured we fully enjoyed our meal.
The Super Lunch Menu at £12.95 for 2 courses or £14.95 for 3 courses, is an absolute bargain and the choices make you want to order everything – you can view the menu here.
What we ate:
Artisan Breads (£3.95) House-baked focaccia, ciabatta, seeded crackerbread, sourdough & grissini with extra virgin olive oil, balsamic & tapenade.
Free Range Pork Scratchings (£3.25) – Complete with homemade apple sauce.
Italian Nachos (£3.95) – Crispy fried ravioli stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta & Bella Lodi, served with spicy Sicilian tomato sauce.
Porcini Arancini (£5.50) – 3 x Fried balls of mushroom risotto with mozzarella & Italian cheese fondue.
From the Super Lunch Menu
Fritto Misto – Crispy fried sustainable fish & squid tossed in fennel-spiced flour with garlic & lemon aioli.
Gennaro’s Chicken Club – Brioche stuffed with chargrilled, marinated free-range chicken, crispy pancetta, spicy ‘nduja mayo, fontal cheese, tomato & rocket.
Epic Brownie – Warm fudgy brownie with vanilla ice cream & caramelised popcorn.
From The Super Lunch Menu
Slow-Roasted Squash Soup – Topped with a dollop of organic yoghurt & served with a hunk of homemade focaccia.
Super Food Salad – Avocado & roasted beets with fennel, quinoa, black rice, curly kale, sprouting broccoli, fresh herbs, pomegranate, toasted seeds, spicy harissa & creamy cottage cheese.
Italian Apple and Blackberry Pavlova – Gooey meringue with whipped mascarpone, limoncello-soaked blackberries, stewed apples & spiced crumble.
Yes, we pretty much rolled out of the restaurant after our meal. I am so glad that we got to try everything we did, I would have seriously regretted it had we not. All the food was delectable, ridiculously moreish and exquisitely presented. The accompanying sauces complemented the meals perfectly, though I did actually quite favour the Italian Nachos with the cheese sauce from the Arancini. It added softer flavouring to the Nachos. I’m just going to let the images do the talking,
Clearly pasta dishes are favourite, but seriously, the Fritto Misto… to say it was the starter on the Super Lunch Menu… I could have quite happily had that as a main. The fish was succulent and tender, the batter thin, yet crispy. The dish was plentiful and every bite left you wanting more.
The vegetarian dishes were bursting with flavour as well as colour and even I could have been converted! There was so much choice for Vegetarians too and my lunch companion was very impressed.
Would I return? Absolutely I would, the prices were very reasonable, especially the Super Lunch Menu. The food was delicious and plentiful and the atmosphere was really relaxed. Even on a busy Thursday lunchtime we did not feel overcrowded. So yes, I shall be returning to Jamie’s Italian and will make sure I book!
In the infamous words of Jamie Oliver… ‘It’s Pukka!’