Just after Christmas I went to Jamie’s Italian Birmingham for the first time ever. Me and Chloe (Mojichlo) decided to meet up for some post-Christmas shopping and drinks, so it seemed the perfect chance to pop along and review the resturant.
As I had such a great time I thought I’d share with you 8 things I loved about me Jamie’s Italian Birmingham experience.
1. The décor. This might seem strange to some but when I visit a restaurant the décor is important to the whole experience. Having worked in a themed restaurant before I appreciate how much hard work goes into the design of the whole thing, so when I walked into Jamie’s Italian I fell in love. It has a very rustic feel, which is what I was expecting if I am honest. The bar was probably my favourite area as there were rows and rows of top shelf alcohol behind a metal crate-like bar top. It was awesome. The toilets were actually pretty cool too…
2. The staff. Right from the moment we walked in the staff we so friendly. They made me laugh by calling me a superstar blogger, so of course I accepted the title for the day. Our waitress was lovely and even told us she was going on break and that someone else would serve us for the remainder of our meal. At the end of our meal the manager came over for a quick chat too, which was so nice!
3. The cocktails. We arrived around an hour early as our feet were tired from all the shopping. This meant we had a bit of time to kill at the bar before we were seated at our table. I have to admit the chairs at the bar were horrible to sit on as they were high stools, but luckily, we didn’t have to sit there too long. As we knew we were having wine with our dinner we decided to have cocktails while we wait. I chose the Very Berry
Cosmo which was a mix of vodka, berries and crushed ice. It was SO GOOD. Chloe, of course, opted for a Mojito.
4. The menu. Oh my god. I spent so long trying to pick what main I wanted as it all look amazing, and after finally narrowing it down to two options (the spicy sausage pasta and the carbonara) the waitress helped me to choose. Her knowledge of the ingredients was great, as she was able to let me know there is fennel in the spicy pasta dish, something I definitely don’t like.
5. The fact you can order a litre of wine. I genuinely didn’t know that this was a thing and if it’s only a thing at Jamie’s Italian then that’s wrong. Everywhere should sell wine by the litre. It worked out super cheap for me and Chloe to share a litre of wine that it would have been to get a bottle, so that’s exactly what we did. We went with the house white (Chloe’s recommendation) and although it’s not what I would usually go for it was really tasty.
6. The food. Now that I think about it I wasn’t too adventurous with my choices as I had garlic bread for my starters and the carbonara as a main, however I wanted to play it safe my first time going (and definitely not my last). The garlic bread was really good and just the right size, which might be an odd thing to say but I used to work at Zizzi’s where the garlic bread was basically a whole pizza. I would have maybe preferred the option to have cheesey garlic bread but the small amount of parmesan on top made up for it, kind of.
The carbonara was also pretty good, however I didn’t think it was cheesey enough. I think it could be because I do overload any pasta dish with an unhealthy amount of cheese, but I would have like the option to have a little bit of grated parmesan on top. I would have asked but I was worried it might not be a thing and that I’d sounded ridiculous. I think next time I would go for a pizza as Chloe’s looked really good.
I didn’t get a chance to get many pictures because at around 5pm they turned the lights down and my phone couldn’t handle it 🙁
After our meal we decided to go do more shopping in Selfridges where I bought lots of Charlotte Tilbury and MAC, so expect a haul at some point.
Have you been to Jamie’s Italian? What do you love about it?