Last 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?