I’ve wandered past Jamie’s Italian in Liverpool One many times over the years, but never actually got around to visiting until I was invited recently to sample the restaurant’s brand new Monday to Thursday evening menu. Besides being an opportunity to dine somewhere new (we tend to stick with a few tried and tested favourites when eating out), this was an excuse to arrange for my parents to babysit and have one of those extremely rare date nights. We went on a Thursday evening and the restaurant was almost full; bursting with chatter. We were seated in a cosy spot near the corner, with the whole floor in view. The first thing I noticed was the decor featuring wood-panel walls and contemporary cluster pendant lighting; an eye-catching combination of modern and rustic. I liked the stylish design along with the warm atmosphere.
The new menu of Italian classics with a twist here and there offers a three-course meal for £18.95 (after 6pm Monday-Thursday). We shared a couple of starters, the Cured Meat Plank and the Primavera Bruschetta (lemon courgette, peas and beans with hazelnut and lovage pesto and Bella Lodi cheese), before moving onto our mains of prawn linguine, a signature dish at Jamie’s, for me and a 35-day dry-aged sirloin steak and chips for Andy. While the starters and mains were lovely (although we both found the bruschetta a tad bland), it was the dessert that was the biggest highlight. Andy had the Baked White Chocolate Cheesecake, while I opted for the Molten Chocolate Praline Pudding. This lava cake was honestly one of the most delicious desserts I’ve ever tasted. It was so beautiful I was actually ‘mmmmm-ing’ out loud with every spoonful of warm chocolate sponge and melted chocolate, with vanilla ice cream and crunchy praline pieces.
Along with the great food, another plus was the friendly waiting staff. Jamie’s Italian is perfect if you’re after a value-for-money Italian restaurant in Liverpool with relaxed, stylish surroundings. There’s also a tempting cocktail menu and attractive outside area – ideal for enjoying alfresco dining on balmy summer evenings. If I didn’t have a baby to feed when I got home, the Sicilian Daiquiri featuring Bacardi Carta Blanca and Oakheart rum with lime juice, vanilla syrup and fresh mint would’ve had my name on it! Definitely an excuse to return ;-)
Thank you very much to Jamie’s Italian Liverpool for hosting us. While I was compensated for the meal, all views are my own.
45 Paradise Street