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Thursday, 10 December 2015

Jamie's Italian | Leeds

It's been long over due since I've had a night on the town with my gals in my favourite city. We spontaneously decided on a girls night out, so I booked my train tickets right away. Once I arrived at the Lucy's and Roannah's house, we got glammed up ready for a night indulging in our favourite food and cocktails!

People that have been following my blog from the beginning, will know I love Leeds and that it's my favourite city to visit. Leeds has fab shopping, restaurants, cocktail bars and night life - what more could a girl want?
Although Leeds has hundreds of amazing restaurants to choose from,  a restaurant we always go back to is Jamie's Italian. Jamie's is one of our favourite restaurants to visit, as the staff are always so friendly and welcoming but most importantly the food is amazing.  The Italian menu boasts rustic dishes inspired by the traditional food of Italy - the ultimate comfort food to indulge in.
We made our way to the restaurant. A buzz in the air on the streets of Leeds,  and the festive lights giving a hint of Christmas. 
Jamie's Italian Leeds is based in a stunning converted two story bank in the heart of the city centre. The warm glow from the chandeliers beckoned us inside.
We were greeted warmly upon arrival and guided to the bar to enjoy a drink while we waited to be seated. 
The bar provides plenty of seating to enjoy a drink. The ornate ceilings and chandeliers create an elegant feel while the modern bar and tea lights create a rustic ambiance.


The friendly bar staff handed us menus to browse.
Jamie's have a great selection of beers, cocktails and wines to choose from.
We opted for a glass of Jamie's Italian Raboso Rosato Spumante Veneto each to get the evening flowing. 
The house prosecco tasted light and fresh. The refreshing bubbles went down very nicely.
The girls and I, raised our glasses excited to have a catch up and be in the city.
We watched the chefs hard at work behind the pass, which centres the room, creating a buzz within the restaurant.
Our tummies grumbled to the delightful smell of rustic Italian food.
We were guided promptly to our table.
Where we were greeted by our lovely waiter for the evening; Bruno, who handed us menus as we made ourselves comfortable in our booth. Bruno was welcoming and chatty, making our dining experience enjoyable.
We mused over the menu and made our cheers for a night on the town.
Jamie's have a huge selection of tasty dishes to choose from. You cannot go wrong with any of the pasta dishes as are they are soo dreamy. I think Jamie's has something for everyone and at extremely reasonable prices for the quality of food served!
Once we had decided, Bruno swiftly took our orders.
The low lighting and quirky interior in Jamie's creates a chilled atmosphere.
After gossiping and exitedly planning the night's antics, our starters arrived.
We always order a portion of The World's Best Olives On Ice £3.95,  and as the name would rightly suggest, they really are the best! The chilled olives tasted lovely and mellow. The olives come served with a black olive & sun-dried tomato tapenade & crispy music bread, yum!

I ordered the Crab & Avocado Brushcetta £6.70, with fresh white & brown crab, crunchy fennel, smashed avocado, yoghurt and chilli. It was absolutely delicious! The creamy texture worked well against the crunchy bread. I thought the rich crab meat went beautifully with the soft flavours of yoghurt and avocado.
The prosecco kept flowing and we were ready for our mains.
Roannah ordered the Wild Mushroom & Winter Greens Risotto £6.50/£12.50. I've had the wild mushroom risotto before and I can confirm it is super dreamy! I love that Jamie's offer a small and large portion of their pasta dishes, so if you want to leave room to try some of their delicious sides it allows you to do so - although I could quite happily eat a large portion of the stuff as it is just so good.

Roannah ordered a side of Polenta Chips £3.65, topped with rosemary and parmesan. These flavoursome crunchy chips make a delicious alternative to ordinary chips.

Lucy ordered the 10-oz Dry-Aged Rib-Eye Steak £22.50, served with grilled portobello mushrooms, gremolata, triple-cooked chips, balsamic onions & baby watercress. The steak was lovely and tender and the triple-cooked chips were to die for!
These chips definitely earned some close-up action *drools*.
I ordered Gennaro's Famous Porchetta £13.95, Slow-cooked pork belly filled with garlic, chilli & herbs, served with roasted root veg, spiced apple sauce & salsa verde. I am a huge lover of Jamie's pasta dishes but on this occasion I decided to try something new.


The slow-cooked pork belly was rich and tasty. I thought the roasted root veg and spiced apple sauce made a great choice for a winter dish. The dish was garnished with mint leaves and I thought it contrasted beautifully against the sweet roasted veg and pork.
The mains went down a treat and once again we were not disappointed with the amazing food served at Jamie's.
The outstanding staff in Leeds really are faultless! Nothing is too much trouble for them and they make dining at Jamie's a real delight. 
Normally, we would all be in a wonderful pasta-coma by this point, but on this occasion we decided to indulge with a Apple & Blackberry Pavlova £5.45 Gooey meringue with whipped mascarpone, limoncello-soaked blackberries, apple compote and spiced crumble. The desert was lovely and light, bursting with tangy flavours against the sweet crisp meringue. The flavours worked together beautifully and the soaked berries, goery meringue and spiced crumble melted in the mouth.
We also indulged in one of Jamie's Christmas cocktails. Spiced Apple Crush served with Bombay Saphire Gin shaken with apple juice, lemon juice and a dash of sugar syrup. The cocktail was finished with a pinch of cinnamon. While delicious, it didn't quite reach our high cocktail standards (Alchemist is yet to be beaten in Leeds.)

The chefs at Jamie's are always ever so cheerful and are a delight to watch work. The kitchen creates a real buzz within the restaurant.
We chatted late into the evening as the night advanced.
The girls & I thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Jamie's and always enjoy a visit when in the city. Creamy pasta dishes, good wine and friendly staff, Jamie's is always a top contender in Leeds. I can't get enough of the rustic, quality Italian dishes they have to offer. I must mention the enthusiastic staff are another reason we always enjoy visiting, as they really take real passion in what they do.
The meal was a great start to the evening and we headed out into the city of Leeds on a high, but I will tell you about that another time... (This post is making me hungry!)

Jamie's Italian, Leeds
35 Park Row
Leeds
LS1 5JL

Thank you for reading.
Much love, The Hungry Little Lady x
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2 comments

  1. it's magic! everything is so perfect! always I wanted to go there!

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  2. It's just a great photo tour. I got a lot of pleasure from your story. These photos are just adorable.

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