We don’t often eat out as a family, various reasons, including being a bit flakey and not organising ourselves. When we do, it is worth it. To pause, just the three of us and enjoy a some time together, away from the regular routine. Dismiss the domestic and have some family time. At the invitation of Jamie’s Italian, last week we visited the Bristol restaurant to try out the Super Lunch Menu.
The Super Lunch menu is available until 6pm. We did a post-school trip, arriving for an early dinner, which suited our parental timetable.
Jamie’s Italian Bristol is half way up Park Street in the city centre, with plenty of parking in the squares, behind the restaurant. We were greeted on arrival, without the awkward standing around, waiting to be spotted.
The interiors have an industrial style, open shelves, zinc top tables, exposed brick. Warmed up with red leatherette sofa booths. Hanging hams given an authentic Italian artisan feel. The look is stylish, cool and the atmosphere informal and relaxed.
We headed out after parent’s evening, a good time to catch up and chat. We talked school, plans for half term and the best names for a panda, should you ever have the need to name a panda.
There are some nice touches, like house craft beer, made with British hops. A lengthy wine selection and cocktails, should you fancy a treat. There is information on the sources of produce. An open kitchen and everything was really clean.
Very warm and friendly staff, with an obvious emphasise on making customers feel welcome. We asked questions, about the food content and sources and got immediate answers, no one needed to go and check, the staff clearly know the ingredients and the food.
Jamie’s Italian caught that balance of being attentive without being hurried. A good couple of hours slipped by of food of chat.
Jamie’s Italian Food
We kicked off with starters, finger food, messy and delicious. sustainable, fish and squid, with fennel spices and an aioli for dipping and a brushetta for me.
For mains, both the Mr and I had pasta. Slow cooked oxtail & Chianti ragù for him and creamy porcini mushroom sauce, roasted oysters mushrooms and a lemony garnish. Big bowls of pasta can start good and become overwhelming, these didn’t. Big flavours, light pasta, was a great main course that left room for pudding (so important).
Complicated by a very picky child, the kids menu, has a healthy edge, hedgehog potatoes over chips, hidden veg, salads. Cleverly, for children who like to see before they choose, 3D pictures of the kids food can be spied in ‘View-Master’. I had a View-Master as a child, and enjoying a few ‘retro’ moments, clicking the photos around, to be honest, we all loved the View-Master.
My boy wanted a burger, but without this and without that. Jamie’s Italian was very accommodating and he loved the end result. There is a good pack of imaginative activities to keep kids amused, including some seeds to take home and grown your own herbs.
I’d like to show you the ‘Epic’ chocolate brownie, with chocolate sauce, salted caramel ice cream and caramelised popcorn, but I’d eaten it before I remembered to take a photo, sometimes something looks and then tastes so good… you just have to eat it.
What we thought
I can report that we would very much recommend Jamie’s Italian. We loved the relaxed feel and hearty, fresh tasting food, perfect for February and March, when the cold nips and Spring seems a while away. Filling and full of flavour. The Super Lunch menu is a reasonable £11.95 for two courses and £13.95 for three, available 12-6pm.
I was invited by Jamie’s Italian, however all words and opinions are honest and my own.
Offers vary by Branch, so check out your local Jamie’s Italian and see what’s available.