Last rated: 25/06/2017
Jamie’s Italian works hard to ensure it uses responsibly sourced seafood. None of the seafood it serves is on the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) list of red-rated seafood that, amid environmental concerns, should be avoided. And a high proportion, such as the farmed mussels from Scotland and the pot-caught crab from Devon and Cornwall, are on the ‘green list’ of sources recommended by MCS as being particularly responsibly managed. While we would encourage Jamie’s to put more detail about sourcing on its menus, we are impressed by the restaurant’s attention to environmentally responsible standards for its seafood. Jamie’s Italian sets a great example.
We work hard to find the very best ingredients for all of our dishes. Everything is meticulously sourced from producers – both in Italy and around the UK – who share our ethos and take enormous pride in what they do. All our ingredients are responsibly sourced.
If there’s one thing that Jamie Inc. does well, it is marketing and design. And this chain of exuberant Italian eateries is no exception: they look fun, the menu is a model of trendy styling and lip-smacking photos, and the atmosphere positively sweeps us along in its aim to provide down-home simplicity and convivial charm.
Jamie’s love of vivacious Italian food and lifestyles is reflected in a regional menu that offers slow-roasted porchetta and crispy duck leg with Sicilian aubergine caponata and fennel and orange salad, although we are not quite sure whether the Italian burger truly qualifies as autentico just because it includes pancetta and balsamic onions!
Pasta choice is a cut above the norm, such as British crab spaghetti which is spiked with chilli, fennel, capers, white wine and garlic and a squid. Antipasti take in salumi bruschetta (with whipped buffalo ricotta, cime de rapa and aged balsamic) and crispy squid with house aioli for dipping.
Wobbly panna cotta is Jamie-speak for organic vanilla yoghurt panna cotta with black cherry compote, spiced oaty crumble and lemon zest, and the first word of indulgent white chocolate cheesecake with clementine curd, smashed amaretti, pomegranate and mint says it all.
Sip Aperol spritz for a fashionable aperitif before you plunge into the all-Italian wine list.