Food | Jamie Oliver’s Italian, Newcastle

Jamie Olivers ItalianLast weekend me and my family travelled up to Newcastle for a night away and a day of shopping. My mum had booked a table for the six of us to try Jamie Oliver’s Italian near the monument in the centre of Newcastle which we were all really looking forward to. I took my trusty camera with me, all set to take some photographs and write a review, so here it is!

Upon arrival, I was impressed by the decor of the restaurant. It had a warm, welcoming atmosphere and despite being busy, it wasn’t overly cramped. We were seated upstairs where it was really warm! Luckily it was freezing outside so we were glad of the warmth but the heat did become a little uncomfortable when we settled down. I loved the setting of the restaurant and the low lighting.

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We ordered a few drinks whilst we decided what food to order. I went for a strawberry daiquiri cocktail which was pretty strong and bittersweet. For £7.25 I was hoping the presentation of the cocktail would have been a bit better; a sugared rim or a lime slice on the side of the glass would have been a nice touch.

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We got a few starters to share which included pork scratchings, a mushroom dish and a bread basket (which was served on a wooden plank rather than a basket). I tucked into the bread selection which was really tasty and included breadsticks, sourdough, ciabatta, seeded crackerbread and an olive oil dip, all of which were fresh and homemade. This starter was so good, we just had to order another one!

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For my main course, I decided to go for the marinated, featherblade steak and spicy fries. I was drawn to this because the menu said the steak was ‘marinated and chargrilled’ which to me meant it would have a kick to it. Unfortunately I found my steak really bland and overloaded with oil which wasn’t very appetising. Despite my disappointment, the rest of my family thoroughly enjoyed their main meals.

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Of course, there is always room for dessert! I chose the ‘Epic Brownie’ which was topped with caramelised popcorn and vanilla ice cream. Whilst the brownie wasn’t the best I’d tasted (I visited The Brownie Bar earlier in the day and they stole my heart!), it was still really warm and gooey which is exactly how I like my brownies. However, I wasn’t a fan of the popcorn so I decided to leave it.

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Overall I enjoyed my evening at the restaurant however the food wasn’t as mind blowing as I’d have expected from Jamie Oliver. Would I go again? Yes, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.

Have you been to any of Jamie Oliver’s restaurants before? What did you think?

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  • Winnibriggs House

    Glad you had a good evening, though in my experience it sounds like another celebrity venue that is overrated and overpriced! The venue looks nice though.

    • Yeah, I completely agree! It’s such a shame, it didn’t quite live up to my high expectations however the atmosphere and decor was nice 🙂

  • Aw shame you didn’t enjoy it as much as you thought you would! When I went to the one in Harrogate I loved it!

    http://www.gingerbreadsmiles.co.uk
    xox

    • I know, I’m hoping it was just a one off! Everyone else seemed to enjoy theirs so perhaps I just ordered the wrong thing 🙂 xx

  • Defo agree that their should of been a littler extra something to your cocktail for £8 that looks a bit unimpressive. Such a shame you travelled up and your meal wasn’t as nice as expected xxx

    • That’s what I thought, wasn’t sure if it was just me being a bit bratty! Haha. Yeah it’s a shame really! xxx

  • Thanks for this review! Sounds like it was a nice day out even if the food wasn’t as good as expected. I love the décor in the bar and the presentation of the food looks lovely. Newcastle is a lovely city for shopping too! Great post and happy blogging! 🙂 xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

    • Thanks Helen! Yes, I did had a great time and managed to pick up a few bargains too so it’s not all bad! 🙂 Thanks for commenting xx